Greetings everyone, I hope this message finds you well.  Our deadline for the first round of applications for 2024 has come and gone. Our board will be meeting on March 18, 2024, to discuss applications and determine awards. I will announce the awardees in next month’s newsletter. We received some amazing applications; our board has a tough job ahead of them come March!

On February 16th and 17th, I participated in the 2024 Native Language Symposium hosted by the New Mexico Tribal Language Consortium. It focused on Tribal Language Sovereignty and Intellectual Property. It provided me an opportunity to connect with so many people. It made me happy to hear all the different languages our NM tribes and nations speak in one place. I was especially impressed with the youth panel. These young tribal representatives spoke with pride, love and even humor. They are stepping up and making it their responsibility to learn their languages so they can pass it on to the next generation. One youth said, “her grandpa told her to learn the language with her heart and then it would come easy to her”. It was also nice to spend some time with the Taos Pueblo Tiwa Language Program teachers and the Education Director. A program that the Chamiza Foundation has supported in the past. Additionally, it was wonderful to connect with other Chamiza Foundation Grantees, partners, and even one of our board members! Here are a few photos from the event.



I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that we are currently hiring for a student intern position (Ages 17-19). If you know of a native youth who is looking to learn about philanthropy tell them to contact us. The internship description is located below. Additionally, below you will find grant information that was sent to us from the New Mexico Congressional Delegation Office Grant Coordinator.


Dr. Amanda J. Montoya






New Mexico Congressional Delegation Office

Grants Advisory

 The New Mexico Congressional Delegation Office is pleased to present a grant advisory that offers a list of time-sensitive grants that may offer federal funding options for organizations, nonprofits, local and tribal governments, as well as other groups in New Mexico. The intent of this advisory is to alert entities about upcoming grants that may address common needs among our communities. Therefore, please use this resource to reach out to any entities that may be interested in the below funding opportunities. This is a select list of current federal grants offered through various federal agencies. It is not a complete list of all grant opportunities and more specific grant requests should be referred to the Delegation Office. For more information on program guidelines, please click on the links provided to be directed to the official grant announcement.  How to Develop and Write a Grant Proposal – from the Congressional Research Service, that may be helpful as you consider applying for a funding opportunity.

Note: The grants listed here were selected based on Chamiza Foundation priority areas. Please contact Greg E. Knadle, Grants Coordinator for New Mexico Delegation if you would like to receive a list of all grant listings:  

Greg E. Knadle

Grants Coordinator | New Mexico Delegation |

Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico

709 Hart Senate Office Building, Washsington, D.C 20510




Agency: National Endowment for the Arts

Grant Program: NEA Challenge America, FY2025

Purpose: Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to groups/communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural contributions to share that are underserved. The program is rooted in principles that include, but are not limited to, our recognition that: • Some groups/communities and some geographic areas with rich cultural identities have limited grant funding opportunities, and/or have been historically underserved by national arts funding; • Some small organizations may face barriers to accessing grant funding; and • Some applicants to the NEA may benefit from enhanced technical assistance resources. Challenge America seeks to address these potential barriers for organizations seeking funding. The program features an abbreviated application, a standardized $10,000 grant amount, and a robust structure of technical assistance to facilitate entry to NEA funding opportunities.

Eligible Applicants: City or township governments, Private institutions of higher education, County governments, Independent school districts, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), State governments, Special district governments, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Funding Information: $10,000 award ceiling

Deadline: April 25, 2024