November 10, 2015



At times, we garner resources to help support other non-profit programs in Central New Mexico that serve youth through Environmental Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education; Environmental Leadership Training; Environmental Arts Education and/or Animal Rehabilitation Projects and Education. Therefore, we have instituted the Talking Talons Community Fund grant program. With this program, we not only provide monetary assistance, but build partnerships and can use resources from Talking Talons Thrift Store to further strengthen our impact.


The Wild Friends Program is an award-winning civics education program at the UNM School of Law, providing hands-on learning to students in grades 4-12 across New Mexico. In this unique program, students help draft legislation on a wildlife conservation issue and work to pass it in the New Mexico State Legislature. Students learn how our government works, and that they have a voice!
TTYL’s Community Fund has been established to provide monetary support to non-profit programs in Central New Mexico serving youth through Environmental Education; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Education; Environmental Leadership Training; and/or Animal Rehabilitation Projects and Education. The Community Fund is funded by a portion of the proceeds of the operation the Talking Talons Thrift Store, which is made possible by the support of the residents of Central New Mexico who donate and shop at the Thrift Store.

This page offers the resources and relevant timelines for applying for Community Fund grants.


The Talking Talons Community Fund (TTCF) is a program launched to assist community groups and partner organizations engaged in youth-oriented environmental education and leadership training or animal rehabilitation. We have streamlined our grant-making process in order to minimize time and energy spent in paperwork and maximize the use of the funds to work toward our goals.

The TTCF encourages the following groups to submit a Letter of Interest:

  • Non-profit, academic or tribal organizations whose work involves building youth connections to our environment AND who operate within the four central New Mexico counties of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Torrance.
  • Current Talking Talons Youth Leadership partners.

Proposed projects should maximize hands-on outdoor engagement opportunities, involve building environmental stewardship skills in creative ways and support Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) education efforts. Projects need to have quantifiable outcomes.

TTCF will award grants in 2 ways:

  1. Flash Grants will be awarded up to $200. After review of your Letter of Interest, awards will be granted at this level.
  2. Implementation Grants will be awarded up to $2,000. After reviewing your Statement of Interest, the TTYL Community Advisory Board (CFAB) will issue selected applicants a Request for Proposal seeking additional information about the proposed project. Our goal has been to streamline this process while maintaining a rational basis to support our grant making decisions.

Previous Recipients

Previous rounds of Talking Talons’ Community Fund grants resulted in awards to UNM Foundation, Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District, Moriarty-Edgewood Schools Early Childhood Development Program,  East Mountain community organizations, East Mountain High School Foundation and Root 66 Community Gardens.

Additional questions? After reviewing the materials provided, please feel free to Contact Us to have your questions answered.

Please note, it may take up to 72 hours for us to respond to you.

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Community Fund Supported Projects

EMHS Trash-MashUp Project

East Mountain High School students spent the year collecting recycle-ables at their school; accumulating data and creatively repurposing materials - including making costumes and writing stories & poetry.

Root 66 Community Garden Project