“America is not a pile of goods… America is a dream of greater justice and opportunity for the average man and, if we can not obtain it, all our other achievements amount to nothing.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Ecological agriculture allows us to make peace with the earth, soil and the society.” ― Vandana Shiva

The river moves from land to water to land, in and out of organisms, … you cannot separate the land from the water, or the people from the land. ― Lynn Noel

The 21st Century will be the era of nurture capital, built around principles of carrying capacity, care of the commons, sense of place and non-violence. ― Slow Money Principle III.

“When people, land, and community are as one, all three members prosper; when they relate not as members but as competing interests, all three are exploited. …” ― The Land Institute

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life.” ― Wendell Berry

Grant Guidelines

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications for grants.

The Foundation makes inquiries to organizations it may wish to fund in accordance with its mission and established guidelines.

Grants are made only to organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Multi year grants are considered
Grants are not made to individuals.

Grants are made to or for:

  • Specific projects
  • General operating support
  • Professional and staff development
  • Agencies seeking to expand their services
  • Matching funds or challenge grants
  • Start-up costs for promising new organizations or programs that demonstrate sound management and clear goals relevant to the Foundation’s mission

Grant making emphasis is in New Mexico, New England and Florida, but is not limited exclusively to those areas. Grants are also made to projects or organizations, which are national or international in scope, but affect the mission areas.

The Trustees review and act upon grant applications twice a year, in May and November. Applicants will be advised in advance of the exact deadline for submitting proposals, and will be notified of the Board’s decision within one week after the meeting.

The Trustees will distribute grants upon approval of the proposal, and receipt of the Grant Agreement signed by an authorized representative of the organization.

Upon completion of the project or program, the Foundation requires an evaluation and a brief report as described in the grant agreement.

For on-going programs, or multi-year support, periodic reports are expected as stated in the agreement.

The majority of grants range in size between $2,500 and $15,000