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New Mexico Foundation hopes to strengthen local Native-led organizations

Brianna Wilson
Created: September 30, 2021 08:01 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico Foundation teamed up with local, regional and national foundations. Together, they are putting $5.5 million dollars toward the Native American Recovery Fund Zone Grant.

Officials say the goal is to address the long-term infrastructure needs of tribes in New Mexico. They also hope this limited local money will help tribes gain access to more federal funding.

"We're targeting 5 focus areas,” said JoAnn Melchor, president and CEO of New Mexico Foundation. “Family Economic Security, Local Food Systems, Health Systems, Opportunity Youth, and Water Resilience."

Melchor added that the foundation’s ultimate goal is to support all 23 tribes, but for now, they have to start small. So in the program is only funding 12 Native American-led recovery projects in its first year.

"This can be done through nonprofit organizations in New Mexico, or if tribes want to apply themselves they can,” she said. "Or if there's tribal programs within the tribes that want to apply, they can do that also."

The grant program covers three years. Organizations will have the first year to plan their project, then they will receive additional funding, from New Mexico Foundation, over the following two years.

"The first year we're offering $25,000 grants,” Melchor said. “Year two and year three we're looking at $100,000 to support these organizations."

Click here to apply, or for more information on who qualifies for these grants. The deadline to apply is Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. Grants will be announced Nov. 15. Officials say funders and foundations are driving this grant opportunity, but anyone who wants to help can also donate through the New Mexico foundation website.

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