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What’s Happening

June 1, Talent Academy Application Opens
We are excited to announce the next application for the Talent Academy!  The Academy is a six month professional fellowship to develop skills for securing major grants.  The application is available online through the link below and the deadline is August 1, 2017 at 5pm.  For more information, contact Robert at  

Apply by visiting our website on June 1st!

June 7, Brown Bag Lunch
This month, we’ll be talking about Top Tips for Grants Practice.  Join members of The Grant Plant as they share their top tips and if you’ve got some, please share!  Bring your lunch and gather at our office at 901 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Suite D-220 from 12pm to 1pm.  

June 13, Census Training
We often use U.S. Census Bureau data in our grant applications and are interested in learning more about its robust data tools.  In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, we’re bringing training to town and invite you to join us on June 13th!  We will have two sessions, a basics session from 9:30-11:30a and advanced session from 1pm-3pm.  For more info, contact Robert at and stay tuned for more info as we’ll make a separate announcement online soon!  

June 20, Innovation New Mexico
The Grants Collective has been selected as a 2017 Innovation New Mexico honoree!  Join us on June 20 as we celebrate at Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza between 4:00-6:30 pm and learn more about our programs and services and meet the other honorees. It will be a fun time with street food, live music, and more!  Check out our profile with Albuquerque Business First: and register for the event here:

June 22, Thirsty Thursday
Thirsty Thursday is back and we’re talking about the Talent Academy’s fellowship this time around.  Interested in being part of the next cohort?  Join us at 4:30pm at Backstreet Grille in Old Town to learn more!

June 28, Curbside Consulting
Ever needed more eyes on your current grant projects?  Working through a logic model?  If you were at the May Brown Bag come down to our office for a free consultation and we’ll match you with expert advice to talk about your project.  Consultations occur from 11am to 1pm at The Grants Collective’s office at 901 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Suite D-220.

July 10 Reading Circle
For Reading Circle in July, we’re reading A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age.  In the Information Age there is so much information that we now need to learn and discern what’s factual, important, and relevant in order to be media literate and make informed decisions. You can find a copy at our local library or follow the link above for purchase.  Join us at our office at 11am!

The Online Platform

Check out our new platform for nonprofit professionals!  You can sign up by clicking this link:

With the online platform you’ll be able to:

  • Access upcoming grant opportunities from our online calendar
  • Access resources that are all in one convenient site
  • Connect and collaborate with other grants professionals in our community and share resources and knowledge

Become a Member Today!
In addition to the resources available via the online platform, you’ll receive invitations to attend in-person events each month, offering professional development, networking and resource opportunities!  The Grants Collective is a great way to connect to a community of grants professionals for advice, collaboration, and resources.

To be part of this initiative, you need to register. Subscriptions are $50/month or $500/year.  And if you’re a New Mexico Thrives member, you can subscribe for $400/year!

Contact Robert Nelson at to sign up today!  

You can also register online by following this link:

If you have questions, please contact us. Look forward to seeing you at the next Cooperative Network event!