By Susannah Abbey
The All Together NM Fund, a partnership of the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations (NMCCF) and the office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, has just announced its first round of grants. Fund administrators awarded $400,000 to food banks serving rural communities. Recipients include the Roadrunner Food Bank, serving central and southern New Mexico, ECHO Food Bank in Farmington, The Community Pantry in Gallup, and Santa Fe’s The Food Depot.
The money is intended to reach the most vulnerable and at-risk populations throughout all of our state’s 33 counties.
“It is important for dollars to flow into the southwestern portion of the state so that rural and frontier communities receive needed support whether it be for food insecurity, COVID-19 support and the importance of economic recovery,” said Terra Winter, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. There is an additional $150,000 to support food banks, pantries, and other food distribution agencies.
Already, the Fund has begun accepting a second round of applications. Preferred applicants are organizations that provide food, shelter, physical, mental or behavioral health services (including COVID-19 related medical supplies), and those which support safe childcare options.
Additionally, the Fund will award $750,000 to assist micro-businesses hurt by the pandemic. Micro-businesses, which are considered any with between one and five employees, may receive up to $5,000.
“We’re committed to getting as much money as possible out to all the counties. We should not end up seeing a significant portion going to the larger population centers,” said Randy Royster, President and CEO of the Fund. “We want to positively affect small businesses, especially those owned by women and people of color, that are employing people,”
The NMCCF will be selecting grant recipients and administering the grants to nonprofits. Entrepreneurial support organizations WESST, Rio Grande Community Development Corp, NM Community Capital, and DreamSpring will administer the micro-business grants.
The NMCCF facilitates collaboration among all four community foundations in the state of New Mexico.
To learn how to apply for a nonprofit grant, or to make a donation, please visit www.AllTogetherNM.org. To learn how to apply for a micro-business grant, please contact one of the above-mentioned entrepreneurial support organizations directly.