Hello everyone, I pray that this message finds you, your family and community in good health. As a reminder, we will begin accepting applications on January 13, 2023, for our first round of funding. The application deadline for round one is February 10, 2023. Additionally, we will begin accepting applications on April 7, 2023, for round two. The application deadline is May 12, 2023, for our second and final round of funding. Please note, if you need funding for the Summer of 2023, we recommend that you apply for the first round of funding. We will be accepting applications that focus on our traditional priority areas such as language preservation, traditional architecture, sustainable agriculture, traditional arts and crafts, tribal and ancestral history, oral histories and storytelling, youth education and leadership, and intercultural exchange and education.

There are three ways that you can apply 1) You can complete your application online through our website, 2) You can email your application to, or 3) You can send your completed application directly to me at Please remember that I am available if you want to talk about a project idea/concept. I can also review your application before the deadline to ensure that you have included all required information.

Additionally, we are still searching for an assistant to the Executive Director. The job description can be found on our website:  Please feel free to email or call me if you have questions: or 505.216.2140. The position will be open until filled.

Please let me know if you have any questions about applying to the Chamiza Foundation for project support or if you have any questions about the job opening. Take care everyone, be happy and be safe!


Dr. Amanda J. Montoya



2022 Groundworks New Mexico Inaugural Annual Conference

On November 17th and 18th, I attended the Groundworks NM inaugural annual conference. The theme of the conference was: “Awakening Our Social Sector: Courageous Organizations, Powerful Communities. Local and national speakers covered topics such as organizational racial equity, the social and economic contributions of New Mexico’s nonprofit sector, how nonprofits can increase funding from national organizations, improving board governance, and trust-based philanthropy. Throughout the conference there was also health and wellness activities, as well as meaningful networking opportunities. I was able to meet some folks who I had only known through zoom! It was a great conference. Also, this was my last event as a Groundworks NM Board member. I served as conference chair for the conference and I was thrilled to help the amazing staff at Groundworks NM to make this conference a reality. I’d like to send a special thank you to Kristi Dorr, Danielle LaJoie and Paloma Flores for all their hard work over the past year. Here are a few photos from the conference.




2022 Holiday Shopping Guide

Curated by Native Women Lead & New Mexico Community Capital

 Make this holiday shopping season easier with our 2022 Holiday Shopping Guide that Native Women Lead curated in partnership with their relatives at New Mexico Community Capital. Filled with Native-owned businesses they have had the honor of working with over the years as well as staff picks of their favorite items, this guide has everything from skincare & beauty to apparel & fashion and everything in between!

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