Albuquerque, NM June 17, 2019 —
The Talent Academy for grant professionals, a four-month professional development program run by The Grants Collective, has helped 29 New Mexican nonprofit organizations refine their grant seeking processes and secure over $9.5 million in grant funding during the first year after completing the fellowship. The Talent Academy is geared toward  local experienced grant seeking professionals who want to rapidly improve their grant seeking abilities, learn through a comprehensive and hands-on curriculum, and set up a robust grant program within their agency. Grants make up an important income stream for the nonprofit sector, which employs approximately 10% of New Mexico’s workforce. In addition to contributing to the economic vitality of the state through employment, nonprofit organizations (which encompass education, healthcare, the arts, and social services, among other areas) raise the state’s quality of life, making New Mexico a more attractive place to live and work.

“Knowing how much money previous cohorts raised, we have the data to show that what we’ve done works.” says Program Manager, Robert Nelson.  “Now that we have three cohorts under our belt, we seek to capitalize on this success and help local nonprofit organizations continue to build their capacity to seek and secure transformative, high impact grants.”

Previous fellows report feeling more confident approaching funders, taking risks, thinking big, developing Federal grant applications, and working collaboratively. The Talent Academy is currently accepting applications for its fourth cohort. Accepted fellows  will have in-person and online access to curated, exclusive training and resources to guide them in prioritizing needs, determining and connecting to appropriate funders, and crafting competitive applications. The application for the fourth Talent Academy for grant seeking professionals will be open until June 30, 2019.

For more information or to apply, please visit

Contact: Robert Nelson
Tel.: (505) 226-0171, ext. 708


The Grants Collective builds grant seeking capacity of New Mexico nonprofit organizations so that they are better resourced to achieve their charitable and social missions. Programming includes: (1) Talent Academy, a 4-month intensive, project-based professional development experience to build the skills of local grants professionals, specifically around seeking large scale grant opportunities; and (2) Cooperative Network, an online and in-person forum for grant professionals to find resources, ask questions and share advice, foster collaboration, and share efficiencies. The Grants Collective also fiscally sponsors Grow New Mexico, a program developed to identify funding sources for transformative community projects. Board of Directors: Robin Brule, T.J. Cook, Cathy Frey, Erin Hagenow, Alex Heubeck, Brett Johnson, Debi Randall, Anna Sanchez, Tina Garcia Shams, Travis Suazo, and Justin Zoladz.