PNM Power Up Grants

Supporting vibrant communities throughout New Mexico

The PNM Resources Foundation is excited to support your endeavors through three competitive grant opportunities in 2019.

These grants focus on three of our impact areas: education, economic vitality and environmental stewardship.

PNM Reduce Your Use Grants

PNM Reduce Your Use Grant

The popular Reduce Your Use Grant is now closed, as of September 25, 2019. This grant helps organizations with energy saving project improvements. Each grant amount awarded approximately $5,000 per organization. 

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

  • Flickinger Center for Performing Arts (Alamogordo) - $5,000. Grant to be used by installing commercial grade window shades, window coverings, replacing thermostats, programmable lighting, power strips, HVAC filters, energy efficient lighting, and window tinting.
  • 516 Arts (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used for dimmable energy efficient lighting throughout the gallery/exhibition space.
  • Albuquerque Christian Children¿s Home (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used for energy efficient refrigerating appliances that are dedicated to serving their busy children¿s home cottages.
  • Animal Humane Association of New Mexico (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used to build a brighter future for the pets and people of New Mexico by installing new energy efficient lighting throughout their main campus.
  • Casa Q (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used to provide energy efficient appliances, lighting, and controls for their mission in providing safe living options and services for LGBTQ youth who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
  • El Camino Real Academy Education (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used to replace lighting for energy efficient lighting to reduce electrical costs and save energy where 100% of their K-12 students qualify for free national school lunches.
  • Explora Science Center & Children¿s Museum of Albuquerque (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used to install LED lighting upgrades with a goal of significantly improving their energy efficiency for the 325,000 visitors and 2,700 science education programs for more than 80,000 students across NM.
  • Fusion Theatre Company (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used to improve efficiencies in their heating and cooling systems in their largest performance space.
  • Heading Home (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used for their mission in making experiences of homelessness rare, short-lived, and nonrecurring through their outreach and emergency housing by replacing all lighting, appliances, and fixtures to be energy efficient.
  • Mandy¿s Special Farm (Albuquerque) - $4,000. Grant to be used for replacing lighting in community spaces, outdoor areas, and residential homes. In addition to a reduction in energy costs and increased sustainability, replacement of all remaining fluorescent light fixtures with more energy efficient LED or solar fixtures will also allow them to convert to a more sensory-friendly light source.
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Foundation (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used by replacing lighting to be energy efficient in their theater.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used for improving the efficiencies of the guestrooms by upgrading the heating and cooling units.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used to replace two old freezers and one old refrigerator in their food panty in order to have proper and reliable energy efficient food storage.
  • Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used to replace the old refrigerator units with Energy Star appliances in order to reduce energy consumption and reduce operating costs.
  • The Storehouse, Inc. (Albuquerque) - $5,000. Grant to be used to replace high bay lighting with energy efficient LED lighting and to install insulated energy-saving covers over the open-faced freezers.
  • Rebuilding Together Sandoval County (Bernalillo) - $4,982. Organization is devoted to the repair and rehabilitation of homes and other non-profit facilities with a mission to prevent homelessness in Sandoval County by partnering with the community to rehabilitate the homes of elderly, disabled, and low-income families so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety, and independence. Grant to be used for a low-income Bernalillo family by replacing single pane windows in the home with energy efficient double pane windows.
  • Bienvenidos Outreach Inc. (Santa Fe) - $5,000. Organization provides food and clothing to those in need in Santa Fe County and the surrounding areas, at no cost or obligation to those we serve. Their clients include the homeless, the elderly and children, all who are the most vulnerable to food insecurity. Grant to be used to install more energy efficient refrigeration units.
  • Kitchen Angels (Santa Fe) - $5,000. Grant to be used to purchase energy saving equipment and energy saving accessories for our commercial kitchen and office.
  • Santa Fe Community Foundation (Santa Fe) - $5,000. Grant to be used to invest in a solar panel installation not only to save thousands of dollars on energy costs, but in response to creating a more sustainable environment.
  • Santa Fe Council on International Relations (Santa Fe) - $3,000. Grant to be used to increase energy efficiency in their building by obtaining an ENERGY Star certified refrigerator to be used for staff, students, members, and international visitors. Grant to also be used to replace existing lighting with energy efficient lighting.
  • El Refugio, Inc. (Silver City) - $5,000. Grant to be used to change most of the lighting system in their building for safety and health reasons. Additionally, they want to become more energy efficient overall and lower their cost of electricity by replacing existing lighting with energy efficient lighting, sensor lights, and ceiling fans.


PNM Power Up Economic Vitality Grants

PNM Power Up Grants Supporting Economic Vitality

The Economic Vitality Grant application is now closed, as of July 15, 2019.  Each grant awarded up to $50,000 for programs that support creating and sustaining jobs in New Mexico, and job or skills training. The PNM Resources Foundation is proud to support so many organizations making a direct positive economic impact to the communities in which we live, work, and raise our families.  

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

  • Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce - $50,000.   Grant to be used to help fund a technological platform to launch the self-sustaining ABQ Vet Connect Employer Coalition to address the critical employment and transition needs of our Veterans and their families.
  • Best Buddies New Mexico - $10,000. Grant to be used to help fund Best Buddies Jobs which provides pre-employment training, technology, and helps secure competitive paying jobs for adults 18 and older that have an intellectual disability.
  • CNM Ingenuity, Inc. - $25,000. Grant to be used  to help fund a new flexible, part-time Deep Dive Coding boot camp which will  train a more competitive workforce and connect people to high demand tech jobs.
  • Cultivating Coders, Inc - $25,000. Grant to be used to help fund "Teachers that Code" which is a cutting-edge technology training program that will develop a community of 2,000 skilled coders in New Mexico by 2023.
  • Encuentro - $25,000. Grant to be used to help fund a culturally accessible education and workforce skills training program for low income Spanish speaking adult Latino immigrants seeking income generating opportunities as small business owners.
  • Explora Science Center & Children's Museum of Albuquerque - $25,000. Grant to be used to help fund X Studio, a world class STEAM education and workforce development center which connects local teens and young adults with STEAM professionals and employers.
  • Fathers Building Futures - $25,000. Grant to be used to help provide job training, technology training, and financial education courses. All clients receive training on site for 90 days before being referred to local partners for temporary employment. The program uses a family-systems approach for 100% permanent employment.  In conjunction with WESST, a three-year business model will make the wood shop 67% self-sustainable.
  • Keshet Dance Company - $25,000. Grant to be used to help fund a technology training program specific to film, media and the arts for youth and young adults preparing to enter the professional world of arts.
  • Partnership For Community Action - $40,000. Grant to be used to help fund Economic Equity and Opportunity Training to build economic opportunity, independence and prosperity for low income families with young children in the South Valley.
  • Prosperity Works (Three Sisters Kitchen) - $25,000. Grant to be used to help fund Three Sisters Kitchen Food Business Training program which provides access to the technology and commercial kitchen space for aspiring food entrepreneurs.
  • Rio Grande Community Development Corporation - $50,000.  Grant to be used to enable collaborators to craft and implement a technical curriculum manual and teaching presentation materials for new cooperative development. This plan will transform entrepreneurship in the South Valley and International District. At least 40 RGCDC/IDED clients will receive cooperative technical assistance in the year following the funding.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico - $20,000. Grant to be used to help fund technology initiatives as part of Albuquerque's second Ronald McDonald House, the first of its kind in the country.
  • Abrazos Family Support Services - $10,000. Grant to be used to help fund start-up costs of the ABA Workforce Development Program which will provide skills-based training, education, and certification for 50 new employees to become the Behavior Technicians. 
  • New Mexico State University Foundation, Inc. - $50,000. Grant to be used to help fund Studio G, a statewide student business accelerator program helping to expand the capability and likelihood of young entrepreneurs to launch successful businesses and create jobs in these communities.
  • The Grants Collective - $45,000. Grant to be used to help fund training, provide in-person outreach and consultation, technical assistance on funding and help to develop new technology for San Juan area nonprofits.
  • Creative Startups - $25,000. Grant to be used to help fund the expansion of ¿Libraries as Launchpads¿ an entrepreneur-centric pre-accelerator program to 10 communities across New Mexico.
  • Western New Mexico University Foundation - $25,000. Grant to be used to help fund technology designed to assist community members to improve their understanding of how to complete online applications, resumes, and effectively job search.  


PNM Power Up Education Grants

PNM Power Up Grants Supporting Education

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:


  • $10,000.00 - Imagination Library of Otero County - To fund purchasing books for over 1500 children registered in Dolly Partons Imagination Library Program
  • $5,000.00 - NMSU Foundation - To fund a STEM summer camp for middle school students in Alamogordo


  • $6,000.00 - Albuquerque Public Library Foundation - To fund afterschool STEM based classes and programs
  • $10,000.00 - Boys & Girls Clubs of Central NM - To fund a Do It Yourself STEM program at 5 locations
  • $5,000.00 - Explora Science Center & Children's Museum - To fund bringing hands on STEAM education to families in rural and tribal communities thoughout NM
  • $5,000.00 - Girl Scouts of NM Trails, Inc. - To fund bringing Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) to girls' grades 4 to 8 in underserved areas
  • $10,000.00 - Hawks Aloft, Inc. - To fund delivering Living with the Landscape to Title 1 elementary schools in Albuquerque
  • $7,500.00 - Native American Community Academy Foundation - To fund a summer math program for middle school students using's proven curriculum


  • $7,500.00 - H2 Academic Solutions Scholarship Fund - To fund a 5 week STEAM summer camp for Valencia County middle school students


  • $10,400.00 - Asombro Institute for Science Education - To fund 5th grade Science Interns training so they can teach younger students at their school

Las Vegas

  • $10,000.00 - NMSU Foundation - To fund the expansion of its successful K-12 STEM education program by adding renewable energy curriculum


  • $10,000.00 - AAUW Tech Trek NM - To fund a week long summer STEM camp for rising 8th grade girls

Rio Rancho

  • $5,000.00 - St. Felix Pantry - To fund educational services to many who are lacking basic computer skills

Santa Fe

  • $10,000.00 - Girls Inc. of Santa Fe - To fund expansion of the successful Operation SMART to an additional 150 girls
  • $10,000.00 - National Dance Institute of NM - To fund Access to Excellence which provides a 30 week in-school outreach program to 755 3rd-5th graders
  • $15,000.00 - Pueblo of Tesuque - To fund the Tewa STEM program to K-12 students in Tesuque and Santa Fe

Silver City

  • $9,265.00 - Aldo Leopold Charter School Foundation, Inc. - To fund a Mobile STREAM Lab for middle school students in Silver City


  • $5,000.00 - First Robotics NM Inc. - To fund the implementation of Demonstration Focused STEM in Tularosa


With this new approach, the PNM Resources Foundation asks that nonprofit organizations only submit one application for the grants for which they qualify. We ask that fiscal agents prescreen applications and submit no more than 3 grants as the sponsor.


Thanks so much for what you do for our community! Keep up the great work!


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.
  6. Organizations must be inside the PNM service territory or communities where the company has business interests.

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 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