Community Rewards

As the Nusenda Foundation’s primary giving program, Community Rewards represents Nusenda Credit Union’s values, supports its objectives, and strengthens the well-being of our community. Community Rewards beneficiaries are non-profit organizations that make measurable, positive impacts in the communities they serve.

To be considered, your organization must provide services in one of the Nusenda’s five focus areas:

  • The Arts
  • Community Services and Support
  • Education
  • Environment and Wildlife
  • Health Care
Community Art Project

Organizations must also be providing services in one or more of the following communities:

    • Albuquerque
    • Belen
    • Bernalillo
    • Los Lunas
    • Moriarty
    • Rio Rancho
    • Santa Fe
    • Socorro
    • Taos

    Applications for Community Rewards must demonstrate how the requested resources are being invested and leveraged in the communities we serve. Applicants are evaluated based on their alignment to Nusenda Credit Union and the  Nusenda Foundation’s values and focus areas, their history and financials, successful implementation of their programs, and their overall organizational impact and performance.


    Applications for Community Rewards will be accepted each year from January 1 to September 1. Successful recipients will be notified of award in the fall, prior to distribution.

    How to Apply

    Interested organizations must now apply through our common application process at Share New Mexico.

    Share New Mexico is an easy-to-use and customizable statewide website that consolidates public and private sector information about a wide range of issues which impact the quality of life of New Mexicans. Share New Mexico's online common grant application process, developed with funders statewide, allows your organization to store an Organizational Profile and submit it to multiple funding opportunities throughout New Mexico in a simplified, convenient process.


    The Process

    To apply for a grant through the Share New Mexico Common Grant Application process, you will be asked to set up a profile and association it with your organization by registering.  Below are the detailed steps to follow. 


    1. Register using your name and email address and log into
    2. Click on the Resource Directory in the main navigation bar.
    3. Enter your organization's name or part of the name in the 'Keywords' search box. Now, click the 'Search' button. You may refine your search by using the location and category boxes. 
    4. If your organization already has a profile, follow step 4a.  If your organization does not have a profile, follow step 4b. 

        4a: Click on your organization's name in the search results to view it's profile page. From your organization's profile page, click the 'Edit Profile' button (an orange pencil may replace this button in some browsers). Update your organization's information accordingly and click 'Save'. 

        4b: On the Resource Directory page, click on the ‘Add a Program’ button. Fill in all required information for your organization and complete the organization registration by clicking ‘Save’.    
    5. The system now has you associated with this organization, and you can come back to apply for grants. This is a one-time process and will not have to be repeated again when you want to apply for other grants or edit your profile information.

    After you have successfully created or associated your organization, you can apply to this year’s Community Rewards by going to the Grants and Funding tab in the navigation bar, and selecting 'View Grants'. After applying to Community Rewards, you can utilize your organizational profile and apply to other available grants and funding opportunities for your organization. 


    Community Rewards FAQ

    • Why has your application process changed?

    • Why do I need to attach 501(c)(3) documents?

    • Why do I need to supply Patriot Act paperwork?

    • What documents should I submit for the organization’s Financial Statement?

    • What is the difference between Community Rewards Beneficiary Support and Sponsorship Support?

    • Are all funding requests approved?

    • What is the timing?

    Rule 400

    Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    No individuals, political organizations, nor for-profit organizations are eligible for Nusenda Credit Union funding support. Any organization that discriminates on the basis of race or religion is not eligible to receive support from the Nusenda Foundation.

    Nusenda Credit Union and Nusenda Foundation reserve the right to deny any request. All decisions are at the discretion of the credit union. Features of the program are subject to change at any time and the program may be withdrawn.