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PNM Power Up Grants

Supporting vibrant communities throughout New Mexico

2015 Grant Cycle: Monday, April 6, 2015 - Friday May 8, 2015, 5:00 p.m. MDT. The grant cycle is now closed.

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PNM Power Up Grants aim to strengthen New Mexico by investing in our communities. The PNM Fund seeks innovative and creative proposals that support the communities PNM serves and where it has business interests. We look forward to partnering with you to invest in vibrant community spaces. Proposals should foster community engagement, the identity of a place and help to transform a community.

  • Grants may be submitted for up to $20,000. A total of $500,000 in funding is available.
  • Grants should clearly demonstrate plans to create awareness of PNM within the community and, where possible, engage PNM employees.
  • Applications may only be submitted by 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Non-profits may only apply once, unless acting as a fiscal agent.

Grant Proposals Requirements

In order to be considered, grant proposals must:

  1. Describe the project, community need and transformation that will result from the project
  2. Demonstrate collaboration and engagement of community members, volunteers, partners and stakeholders
  3. Include measurable goals, a budget and a timeline
  4. Include detailed plans for maintenance and sustainability
  5. Describe how the PNM Fund will be recognized, including media and outreach plans

Questions? Contact Diane Ogawa with the PNM Resources Foundation at 505-241-2209.

Ineligible Organizations

The following types of organizations cannot apply for a PNM Power Up Grant:

  • Sectarian or religious programs for religious purposes
  • Veterans, labor and political organizations or campaigns
  • Organizations outside of the PNM service territory or communities where the company has business interests
  • Organizations that are not registered with the appropriate state registration agency (New Mexico Attorney General, IRS) or are not in good standing with the registration body
  • Organizations that limit membership and services based on race, religion, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age or national origin
  • Organizations without current or active IRS 501(c)(3) status

See examples of successful national community projects and get additional resources.

View the 2014 Funded Projects


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FAQs: PNM Power Up Grants

  • Can PNM Power Up Grants fund the creation of public art projects?
    • Yes, the PNM Power Up grants can fund the creation of public art projects.  However, the project must demonstrate community and volunteer involvement as well as a plan for long term sustainability. For example, a mosaic mural completed by youth in the community as focal point in the town square would be allowable.  However a mural completed solely by an artist would not be allowable. 
  • Can the PNM Power Up Grants fund neighborhood or community planning?
    • No, PNM Power Up Grants cannot solely fund community or neighborhood planning. For example, a PNM Power Up Grant cannot fund master planning. However, a PNM Power Up Grant may fund community conversations regarding a community intersection repair project.
  • Can PNM Power Up Grants fund marketing plans?
    • No, PNM Power Up Grants are not intended for this purpose.
  • Can PNM Power Up Grants fund community gardens?
    • Yes, PNM Power Up Grants can fund community gardens.
  • Can PNM Power Up Grants fund community events?
    • Yes, the PNM Power Up grant may fund community events that are a part of the larger grant project, sustainable and demonstrate community involvement. For example, the PNM Power Up Grant may fund a downtown First Friday program.
  • Can PNM Power Up Grants fund projects on private property?
    • Yes, PNM Power Up Grants can fund projects on private property; however, the property must be accessible to the public.