Events & News – October 2018

Mark Your Calendars!

Remember, all events are at 901 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Suite D-220.  

October 3, 12:00-1:00p, KPI’s for Grant Professionals

Bring your lunch and join us on October 3rd for our Brown Bag on KPIs for Grant Professionals with panelists Carson Bennett of CNM, Joanna Miller of Accion, and Aly Sanchez of The Grants Collective and The Grant Plant.

KPIs for Grant Professionals

As professionals, we are evaluated on Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that measure if and how we are doing our jobs well. For grant professionals, it can be complex because of interrelationships between KPIS; for example, a push to apply to more or different funders may increase the number of grants or grant dollars secured, but drive down your percent of proposals awarded. Join us for this panel discussion featuring grant professionals from leading organizations to talk more about position evaluations and to learn what some standards are industry-wide.

Register for the event here: and bring your lunch!
Members who need a code, please contact Robert Nelson.

October 12, 11:00-1:00p, Curbside Consulting

Have you ever needed more eyes on your current grant projects? Cooperative Network members can come to our office for a free, 30 minute consultation and we’ll match you with expert advice to talk about your project. Come prepared to talk about a grant application or concept, have us review a draft, or work through tricky pieces with you.

Members can sign up here:

Not a member? Curbside Consulting is also a great time to get a hands-on demonstration of the Online Platform – designed to make grant seeking easier for you! Let us know you’re coming and we’ll give you a tutorial to see if membership in the Cooperative Network will help you achieve your grant seeking goals.


October 17, 2:00-2:45pm, Online Platform Webinar

Are you interested in grant seeking more effectively and learning more from other experts in our community? Come join us for a free webinar to dig deeper into The Grants Collective’s online platform. We’ll discuss what the platform offers to help you secure national and federal investments, and increase your knowledge, grant capacity, proposal skills, funding leads, efficiency, and connections.

Register for the webinar online:


October 24, 12:00-1:00pm, Online Platform Tips & Tricks

Join us for an advanced workshop on the Cooperative Network online platform led by our program manager, Robert Nelson. This will be a deep dive on the functionality and opportunities within the online platform as well as a chance to learn tips and tricks, ask questions, and identify areas of interest.

Bring your lunch and join us for an informative look at what the online platform can do for you!

Register for this free event here: and bring your lunch! 
Members who need a code, please contact Robert Nelson.


October 30, 11:00-1:00p, Curbside Consulting

We offer two opportunities each month for Network members to receive hands-on advice about their grant projects. Network members can come to our office for a free, 30 minute consultation and we’ll match you with expert advice to talk about your project. Join us for either or both!  Members can sign up here:


Thanks to everyone who attended our last Brown Bag with Aly Sanchez, an interactive workshop about “Life as a Cultural Attaché for our New Galactic Overlords: A Mini Workshop in Writing Short Explanations of Complex Things.”

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Invest in your organization to receive preferred access to our trainings and online platform. With the online platform, you’ll be able to:

  • Access upcoming grant opportunities from our online calendar and research non-deadline driven opportunities. These are all screened for New Mexico eligibility, eliminating the work on your end.
  • Access grant seeking resources that are all in one convenient site – federal budget forms, data research tools, best practice articles, and more.
  • Connect and collaborate with other grant professionals in our community and share resources and knowledge. You can directly message other members or tag them on grant opportunities that you’d like to discuss. Ask questions about your grant proposals or processes and receive feedback from a larger grant seeking community!

The Grants Collective is a great way to connect to a community of grant professionals for advice, collaboration, and resources.  Subscribe by pressing the button below:


Subscriptions are $50/month, or save $100 and subscribe for $500/year! New Mexico Thrives members subscribe for $400/year.

For more info, or an in-person demonstration, contact Robert Nelson at and we look forward to seeing you at the next Cooperative Network event!

At The Grants Collective, we are grateful for our members, Talent Academy fellows, and community partners. We’re looking forward to working with these organizations to help New Mexico raise its profile in securing major national and federal grants. If you are interested in supporting this effort, become a member or donate today.


We offer three primary ways to participate:

Cooperative Network: A subscription-based network of nonprofit professionals interested in developing skills, insight, and resources for high-performance grant seeking.

Talent Academy: A 4-month professional fellowship to develop skills for securing major grants.

Grow New Mexico: Technical assistance to help New Mexican communities and organizations put together grant/loan packages for infrastructure and other special projects. Grow New Mexico is an independent, fiscally sponsored project.

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