Join The Grants Collective for a 3-day workshop where you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of grant seeking from New Mexico based grant professionals and trainers. You’ll receive hands-on guidance through project-based learning, interactive exercises, and a customized workbook to use and refer to as you work on future grant proposals.

After registration, you will also receive a one-year membership to The Grants Collective’s Cooperative Network – where you are part of a community of grant professionals and can receive peer and expert advice, access to our database of funding opportunities (customized for New Mexico), and free attendance at select future events.  Current Cooperative Network members receive discounted admission. 

Register by June 22 to take advantage of Early Bird Registration discounts!

Register for all events below!

6/21 11:30a-12p Talent Academy Q&A Webinar
Join us for a Zoom webinar hosted by our Lead Educator, Aly Sanchez, to ask questions and learn more about the upcoming fall cohort of the Talent Academy. Applications are currently open and will be accepted until June 30, 2019!

6/26 11a-11:45a Tour of the Online Platform 
Having trouble finding the right grant for your mission? Check out our free online tour at 11a, to discover how the Cooperative Network can help you with your grant seeking. Register for the event and you’ll receive access to the webinar!  

6/26 4p-4:45p Online Q&A with PNM Resources Foundation 
Cooperative Network members can join us for an online chat with Laurie Roach, PNM Community Relations and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, and Kathleen Larese, PNM Resources Foundation Director. Bring your questions and find out more about PNM’s community giving, and the PNM Foundation’s new Power Up – Economic Vitality grant. Join the chat at 4pm by logging into the online platform.

7/8 11a-12p Reading Circle The Social Profit Handbook by David Grant
The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations by David Grant. The Social Profit Handbook offers those who lead, govern, and support mission-driven organizations and businesses new ways to assess their impact in order to improve future work rather than merely judge past performance.  Purchase the book:

7/12 11a-11:30a Member Connect
Cooperative Network members can now join an online chat to ask questions about their grant proposals, prospecting, and anything grants related.  To join the chat, just log-in to the platform at 11a on 6/14.  

7/17 – 7/19 Get The Grant NM
See above for more info and the registration link!

7/24 11a-11:45a Tour of the Online Platform 
Having trouble finding the right grant for your mission? Check out our free online tour at 11a, to discover how the Cooperative Network can help you with your grant seeking. Register for the event and you’ll receive access to the webinar! 

In the last month, our Talent Academy fellows surpassed the $9M mark for grants awarded within the first year following completion of the program! The most recent cohort of Talent Academy fellows have been awarded over $1M in grant funds since January!  

The application for the fourth Talent Academy cohort is open now. Click the application link below to apply today before the June 30 deadline. We can’t wait to engage with the next amazing group of grant heroes!  

To learn more, contact Robert Nelson at or 505-226-0171, ext. 708. Regular applications will be accepted through June 30.

Cooperative Network Spotlight

We love to highlight members and community stakeholders in our Cooperative Network and showcase their great work across the community!  This month, we highlight network member, Co-Director of Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network and La Cosecha CSA, and Talent Academy alum, Helga Garza. 

If you were to recommend the Talent Academy to another organization, what would you tell them? 
“It’s well worth the investment…The research piece and really getting to know all the nuts and bolts about grants writing, and that’s what you receive here at the Talent Academy.”
— Helga Garza

Helga Garcia Garza is the Co-Director of Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network / La Cosecha CSA. She has more than 20 years of experience as a farmer and over 30 years of experience as a community organizer and activist. Helga manages the day to day operations of the network.  She oversees the development of programs and community events which in include La Cosecha CSA, nutrition education and community cooking classes, Healthy Here Mobile Farmers Market, and the monthly Salud y Sabor events.

Helga has over 20 years of experience with cooperative organic farming practices and administration.  She has a long history as a community organizer and environmental justice activist. Helga has spent the last 30 years dedicated to community health initiatives on both sides of the U.S.A./ Mexican region educating communities on Right -To- Know Right- To- Act regarding water, land, and air contamination.  Helga has a strong commitment to food justice and local investment for Rio Communities small farmers. Helga has worked at Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network member farms and worked to develop the tracking, quality control, and distribution system of cooperative network produce

Be a grant hero. Subscribe today.