SANTA FE, N.M. – Applications for the Outdoor Equity Fund to support New Mexico’s outdoor recreation economy opened and are available online, Director of the Outdoor Recreation Division Axie Navas announced today. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2020.
The first-of-its-kind Outdoor Equity Fund was created to allow all youth equitable access to the outdoors. The grant will support transformative outdoor experiences that foster stewardship and respect for New Mexico’s land, water, and cultural heritage. Spending time outside is now more important than ever for mental and physical well-being, and for that reason, the Outdoor Equity Fund will only invest in programs that abide by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health orders.
Successful applicants will adhere to all social distancing and group-size guidelines, as well as any other regulations currently in place throughout the state. Applicants must include these guidelines in their educational and recreational plan proposals.
Grants of $1,500 to $15,000 will be awarded to local government, state agencies, tribes, pueblos, and nonprofits who have a plan to educate low-income youth (age 18 and under) about climate change and the environment as part of its outdoor recreation program.
“Appreciation for the beauty of New Mexico has never been greater,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department. “We hope the equity grants will help the next generation learn from these natural places.”