To honor our friend Jennifer Riordan we have renamed the Educate2Elevate Grant (E2E) as the Jennifer Riordan E2E Grant (JRE2E). This is a collaborative funding opportunity that brings together funders from across New Mexico to pool resources and make at least one high impact grant of $50,000. This grant is a collaborative investment from funders in various sectors and we encourage organizations to demonstrate similar collaborative thinking when submitting applications.


  • The JRE2E grant is focused on supporting middle school initiatives and advancing the future educational, personal and/or professional pathways of students in grades 6, 7 and 8.

  • Applications must be serving students in Central New Mexico: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and/or Torrance counties.

  • Applicants can only submit one proposal.

  • Applicants from nonprofit organizations and public education institutions are preferred.

  • A complete list of FAQs can be found here.


  • Parent/adult/mentor involement

  • Out-of-school time/extended learning programming

  • Project-based learning

  • Transitional programs

  • Career readiness

  • Teacher/professional development


  • May 16 - RFP opens

  • TBD - Information session conference call (details to follow)

  • July 10 - RFP closes at 5 pm MT

  • July 10-19 - Grant team reviews proposals

  • July 23 - Grant review panel convenes; finalists determined and notified

  • July 30 - Presentations from finalists (8:30am – 9:30am)

  • August 7 - Grant award event