We’re thankful for your continued partnership in working to make New Mexico a strong and vibrant place in which to live. Our piece of that work is ensuring that New Mexico nonprofits and public agencies have the financial resources they need for the good work that they do, day in and day out. We’re excited to announce today that we are entering into the next phase of that work: 

The Grants Collective and Grow New Mexico have formally merged, becoming one entity.

As you may know, Grow New Mexico has been a fiscally sponsored program of The Grants Collective since 2017. Grow provides technical assistance and consultation for a variety of community-driven projects around the state, helping them secure grant, loan, and financing packages, promoting economic development and well-rounded organizational and programmatic services. As our work has evolved together, bringing The Grants Collective and Grow New Mexico under the same organizational structure will promote more effective resource allocation, organizational efficiency, collaboration, and cohesive service provision.

We’re also excited to announce that Terry Brunner, Grow New Mexico’s Chief Program Officer, will become Chief Executive Officer of The Grants Collective.

This new role capitalizes on Terry’s prior experience as the New Mexico State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he developed relationships in all corners of the state, and his deep knowledge of the federal funding landscape. Tara Gohr and Erin Hielkema, founders of The Grants Collective, will work with Terry through the transition process, and then re-focus on leading their small business, The Grant Plant, Inc., which spun off The Grants Collective as its nonprofit education arm in 2015. The Grant Plant will remain a strong supporter of and technical advisor to The Grants Collective.

The Grants Collective is a community-inspired endeavor that emerged after years of partners’ ideas and requests to The Grant Plant for training and support in grant seeking. Its work has included completion of three cohorts of a four-month, intensive grant seeking Talent Academy that has helped New Mexico nonprofits secure about $10 million in funding; the Cooperative Network, an in-person and online platform dedicated to professional development and shared resources in grant seeking; and trainings that have ranged from bringing in national agencies to leading local workshops.

We’re honored to have been part of so many nonprofit professionals’ journeys as they make their distinct mark on New Mexico’s nonprofit landscape. Thank you for your support throughout the past four years.

With gratitude,

Terry Brunner, CEO
The Grants Collective
terry@thegrantscollective.org

Tara Gohr, CEO
The Grant Plant
tara@thegrantplantnm.com

Erin Hielkema, Vice President
The Grant Plant
erin@thegrantplantnm.com