2018 New Century of Service Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the winners!

40 Grants totaling $750,000 awarded to New Mexico nonprofits

Forty New Mexico nonprofits now have a total of $750,000 toward their missions, which included five organizations that received $50,000 and ten organizations that received $25,000 this week. Funding for the organizations was provided through the PNM Resources Foundation¿s New Century of Service Grant Program.

Designed to promote economic development, education and the environment within the PNM service area, the grants were awarded to organizations that work to innovate new products and services that, in turn, grow and develop businesses in New Mexico; create collaborative community spaces for public use; and provide educational opportunities that support economic development.

The 2018 New Century of Service $50,000 grant recipients are:

  • Cultivating Coders, Inc. (Albuquerque) - to provide rigorous technological education and workforce participation opportunities to high school students in Albuquerque¿s South Valley.
  • Fathers Building Futures (Albuquerque) - to concentrate business efforts on scaling the woodshop and its casket and urn line for the funeral industry.
  • St. Martin¿s Hospitality Center (Albuquerque) - to provide on-the-job training to at least 5 formerly homeless individuals through their Hope Café internship program.
  • Galloping Grace Youth Ranch (Rio Rancho) - to fund their Food Recovery Program, a program that can conserve energy, educate youth, create jobs, and alleviate hunger; thereby building a healthier community, a more resilient environment, and impacting youth and economy.
  • Reunity Resources (Santa Fe) - to expand operations to encompass a community farm that grows food for donation to local hunger efforts, trains young farmers and provides paid apprentices to homeless and at-risk youth.

The 2018 New Century of Service $25,000 grant recipients are:

  • Adelante Development Center Inc. (Albuquerque) - to expand their volunteer program to serve the community.  Volunteers are the community lifeblood of nonprofit organizations and this will maximize efficiency through a streamlined volunteer management platform.
  • CNM Foundation (Albuquerque) - to create and launch an outreach program specifically designed to expose middle school students to trade industries and the possible career pathways that can be achieved through an education in the School of Applied Technologies at CNM.
  • DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative (Albuquerque) - to fund A Living Archive of Urban Indians, which utilizes street theater and visual outdoor  projection to present the historic legacy of downtown architectural landmarks for and about Urban Indians in Albuquerque.
  • Explora Science Center & Children's Museum of Albuquerque (Albuquerque) - to help complete the shovel-ready phase of their STEM Education and Workforce Development Center for teens and young adults interested in STEM careers.
  • Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, Inc. (Albuquerque) - to fund STEM, outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship as an afterschool program delivered to at-risk girls ages 7 to 11 in four elementary schools located in underserved communities in Albuquerque.
  • Rio Grande Community Development Corporation (Albuquerque) - to expand SVEDC's popular Virtual Incubator capacity by better connecting new and existing small businesses to Center services through partner business mentorship and expertise, including mentors from PNM.
  • Asombro Institute for Science Education (Deming) - to fund 2,500 kindergarten through 8th grade students in Deming to gain science literacy through participation in award-winning science lessons with the Asombro Institute for Science Education.
  • The Grants Collective (Los Lunas) - to fund ¿Boosting Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Sector,¿ a workforce development and education program to grow and develop nonprofit businesses in Valencia County.
  • St. Felix Pantry (Rio Rancho) - to help create a public space in the food pantry that will be called the PNM Learning Center.
  • Innovate-Educate (Santa Fe) - To support four Job-Ready Hiring Fairs and connect job seekers to quality job opportunities in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

The New Mexico organizations that have been awarded $10,000 include:


  • Alamogordo MainStreet - to utilize as sustained seed money to implement a long-term and independent "Façade Squad" project.
  • New Mexico State University Foundation Inc. - to help NMSU Alamogordo offer new programs that will improve family literacy levels, address special challenges students face when returning to school, and ensure more people complete degrees.


  • ARCA - to help support the lifelong services of infants through seniors that have intellectual and developmental disabilities in New Mexico.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico, Inc. - to fund Mentor 2.0 and 3.0 at Amy Biehl and South Valley.
  • New Day Youth and Family Services - to both sustain and grow a food cart business that provides concrete job training, skills practice and paid experience for youth to begin building a resume and prepare for jobs in the community.
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Foundation - to help successfully facilitate the development and growth of youth interest in STEAM.
  • TenderLove Community Center, Inc. - to help lead the community to a brighter future by providing support and training to the neediest portion of Albuquerque's population.
  • University of New Mexico Foundation, Inc. - to hire two UNM undergraduate Native American students to digitize Native American authored materials owned by the University of New Mexico and Tribal Community libraries.
  • University of New Mexico Foundation, Inc. - Help fund the Rainforest Building by purchasing some naming rights


  • Belen Consolidated Schools - to help develop a growth mindset so that the individual talents of each student can be developed through hard work, good strategies and input from others.
  • Students Spaceflight Experiment Program - to help support students with their academic readiness for college and careers through the STEM pathways.


  • Capacity Builders, Inc. - to help fund the NATIVE Project which will build on CBI¿s work to develop  commercialization platforms that enable Navajo artists to be treated with respect, compensated fairly, and contribute to the local economy.

Las Vegas

  • The Samaritan House, Inc. -  to help the Department of Supportive and Outreach Services provide the community with developmental opportunities and program participants with personalized support through outreach, case management, and specialized referrals.


  • AAUW Tech Trek New Mexico - to help fund a second week of summer camp for middle school girls.


  • Ruidoso Midtown Association - to help fund the East Midtown Commons Plaza and Signage Project.

Santa Clara

  • Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society - to help with the costs associated with building improvements, new signs and set up of a Fort Bayard Visitor Center Museum located at the Santa Clara Armory.

Santa Fe

  • Community Learning Network - to help fund professional development efforts to increase the capacity of K-12 teachers, so they can bring computer science education to their students.
  • Cooking With Kids Inc. - to help fund the collaborative project with Santa Fe Botanical Garden and AmeriCorps, to provide nutrition, cooking, gardening, and environmental/sustainability education in 5 public schools in Santa Fe.
  • Girls Inc. of Santa Fe - to fund STEMobile which allows a diverse population of girls to engage with STEM activities, conduct research, and access real-time information to inform their scientific inquiries.
  • MIX Santa Fe - to help fund a successful startup business accelerator by refining new startup tools and resources rooted in community-based business support. 
  • New Mexico Land Conservancy - to help fund the development of a trail system in the emerging Community College District along Richards Ave to provide educational opportunities, green-space access, non-motorized commuting and recreational enjoyment.
  • Santa Fe Council on International Relations - to help expand essential educational programs across northern New Mexico - addressing environment, energy issues, climate change and career readiness in a globalized workforce.
  • SITE Santa Fe - to help support the implementation of ¿Access¿ a multifaceted internship program at SITE that will deepen SITE¿s relationships with several local institutions, provide educational opportunities, and real work experience.
  • The Wildlife Center, Inc. - to provide wildlife education programs to K-12 students in the Santa Fe area.

Silver City

  • Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest - Southern New Mexico & West Texas, Inc. - to help develop girls¿ leadership abilities critical to ensuring they will be the change drivers Southern New Mexico & West Texas, Inc.    and economic decision makers of the future.
  • The National Center For Frontier Communities - To help provide national leadership and build collaboration on issues important to frontier communities.