News Release

May 16, 2016
PNM awards more than $245,000 in grants for community projects

Grants awarded in the greater Albuquerque area to support our communities


Albuquerque: The PNM Resources Foundation announced today the Albuquerque area recipients of the 2016 PNM Power Up Grants at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Grants awarded to Albuquerque, Madrid, Bernalillo and Rio Rancho nonprofit organizations will total $245,195, while a total 29 Power Up Grants across New Mexico this year will total $500,000.

The Albuquerque area grant recipients are:

  • Downtown Neighborhood Association - Albuquerque
  • First Choice Community Healthcare - Albuquerque
  • Friends of the Orphan Signs - Albuquerque
  • Hubbell House Alliance - Albuquerque
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - Albuquerque
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation - Albuquerque
  • New Mexico Bio Park Society, Inc. - Albuquerque
  • Rail Yards Market of Albuquerque - Albuquerque
  • St. Martin's Hospitality Center - Albuquerque
  • The Storehouse, Inc. - Albuquerque
  • University Heights Association - Albuquerque
  • Working Classroom, Inc. - Albuquerque
  • New Mexico Foundation for Individuals with Disabilities - Bernalillo
  • Madrid Cultural Projects Inc. - Madrid
  • Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho - Rio Rancho

"The PNM Resources Foundation understands that to really make a difference in our communities, we need to empower everyone especially nonprofit organizations," said Diane Harrison Ogawa, executive director of the PNM Resources Foundation. "The work these grants make possible makes our communities more inviting, interesting places."

PNM has awarded more than $14 Million since 1983 to nonprofit organizations.

These grants are part of the PNM Power Up Grant Program, which in 2016 will award $500,000 to 29 nonprofit organizations throughout New Mexico to fund projects that build vibrant communities. The PNM Fund seeks innovative and creative proposals that support the communities PNM serves and where it has business interests. Nonprofits from all over New Mexico submitted more than 75 applications. Projects ranged from adding a portable greenhouse, restoring a historic baseball park and building an outdoor classroom.

With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving more than 500,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit

In 1983, PNM shareholders created the PNM Foundation as a separate, nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation governed by a board of trustees comprised of PNM employees. In 2005, with the acquisition of First Choice Power and Texas-New Mexico Power Co., the foundation expanded its' scope to include parts of Texas. No customer funds are part of the PNM Resources Foundation endowment. For more information, visit