Apply for a Grant

How to apply for a grant from Albuquerque's Urban Enhancement Trust Fund.



UETF 2022-2023 Funding Cycle- A Vision for Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Power

Deadline: February 26, 2021 5:00 pm CLOSED


Organizations can apply for between $5,000 and $15,000. Award amounts will not be less than $5k and no more than $15k.
This year’s funding cycle is $400,000.


There were two Public Information/Technical Sessions for the FY 22-23 grant cycle via ZOOM on February 8, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 10 a.m.     If you were not able to attend one of the meetings please click on one of the links below to view the the recording for that meeting.  



Proposals for projects must be submitted by a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or appropriate fiscal sponsor.  The project must be dedicated to enhancing Albuquerque’s cultural vitality in the area of visual art, music, theater, dance, history or literature. Applicants may submit (1) application on behalf of their own organization and up to two (2) separate applications if acting as a fiscal agent/sponsor for other arts and cultural project coordinators that are not currently a 501(c)(3). 

Fiscal Agent Endorsement:  Application’s using a fiscal agent must provide a letter of agreement acknowledging their role as the fiscal agent sponsoring the project and application, and the fiscal agents IRS letter of determination. Required fiscal agent endorsement documents must be uploaded at the end of this form.

APS Endorsement:  Applications which involve student participation at schools during regular hours or that require off site travel during the school day must include a letter of APS support that states the activity is constructive to or supplements the school’s curriculum, that it will be welcomed at the selected or specified school(s) and that it meets COVID safe practices. APS Endorsement documents may include a Letter of Support from a representative of the administration of the proposed school partner, or a statement from the teachers whose classes will be involved. Endorsement documents must be uploaded at the end of this form.


To support a full creative life for all, the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund Committee has adopted the following statement of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion championing policies and practices that will utilize the following definition in all processes and procedures of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable community.


Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

The Urban Enhancement Trust Fund (UETF) strives to contribute to making Albuquerque a national role model among cities working toward equity and inclusion. We envision a city of people whose success, safety and health are not pre-determined by their race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, socioeconomics, immigration status, disability, and personal background. A city where all communities, artists, performers, writers, and cultural workers have the power, support, and monetary investment they need to share their own stories, practice their culture, and create art on their own terms.

The FY 2022 - FY 2023 cycle of the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund seeks to provide funding to projects that address the needs of the diverse communities that comprise the City of Albuquerque. This two-year funding cycle will prioritize projects that positively impact residents, neighborhoods and communities by providing direct access and increased opportunities for quality cultural activities and programming by, for, and about a broad representation of our city’s population.

We welcome and encourage all arts and cultural organizations, and non-arts organizations nonprofits in partnership with an arts and cultural organization, to submit projects that are led by and serving a broad representation of Albuquerque’s population to apply as long as their project enriches the city’s cultural life or vitality in the area of visual art, music, theater, dance, history, or literature, and that have favorable economic or cultural impacts on the city.

How we rate Applications

All applications are rated using a 100-point score system based on the following criteria and percentages. Applications must receive a final score of at least 65 out of 100 points to be eligible for funding. UETF FY22-23 rating RUBRIC

Project Description – 20 pts
Organization Capacity – 20 pts
Impact on Community – 20 pts
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – 30 pts
Budget – 10 pts
Total: 100 pts

UETF FY22-23 Timeline

January 28th - Application Open
February 8th and 11th- Technical Sessions for applicants 
February 26th, 5:00pm - Application Deadline
March 25th UETF Committee review deadline
March 29th and, if needed April 2nd UETF Committee Review Meeting


Organizations can apply for between $5,000 and $15,000. Award amounts will not be less than $5k and no more than $15k.  This year’s funding cycle is $400,000.

The online form does not have a save and resume function. Please use the sample application worksheet HERE to develop your application answers that can be copied into the online form.