The final deadline to complete the 2020 Census has been extended to Oct. 31 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. You can respond online, over the phone, by mail, or in person. Door-to-door operations that were temporarily suspended in March have now resumed across the state.
Please complete your census! The decennial census is a simple 10-question form whose results determine how more than $800 billion in federal funds will be distributed in communities across the nation, including over $7 billion per year in New Mexico. The funding supports roads, schools, healthcare, public safety, and essential service programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and National School Lunch Program.
Research suggests that every New Mexico citizen not counted in the census equates to a loss of approximately $3,745 every year.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the The Grassroots Exchange Fund is supporting community organizations that need to adjust their networking, collaboration, or organizing strategies. Examples include online meeting or organizing technology and training, language translation and interpretation, emergency stipends for organizers and grassroots leaders, and PPE (personal protective equipment) or other supplies to enable safer in-person meetings, etc. Requests will be reviewed twice monthly through November 2020.
The School-Based Healthcare Foundation’s Student Support Recovery Grant is accepting applications to help implement school district, school-based telehealth programs, including mental health services, for children impacted by short and long-term school closures.
The Grantmakers for Girls of Color “Love is Healing COVID-19 Response Fund” seeks to support coalitions and organizations that have been fighting historical inequities and the marginalization of girls of color, well before COVID-19.
Wells Fargo is donating approximately $400 million in Paycheck Protection Program processing fees through a new program to support small businesses owned by people who have been hit hardest by COVID-19. The fund is open to nonprofits who serve businesses owned by racially and ethnically underrepresented individuals and nonprofits that focus on lending to these businesses are eligible for the initial grant cycle.
The New Mexico Child Care Stabilization and Recovery Grant will provide immediate relief and support to eligible child care providers across New Mexico. The grants will cover lost income resulting from closure, response and recovery operation costs (including enhanced cleaning and sanitation), and other expenses. Application available in English and Spanish online.
The Employee Retention Credit is a refundable tax credit against certain employment taxes equal to 50 percent of the qualified wages an eligible employer pays to employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Eligible employers can get immediate access to the credit by reducing employment tax deposits they are otherwise required to make. Also, if the employer’s employment tax deposits are not sufficient to cover the credit, the employer may get an advance payment from the IRS.
GameAbove Capital is a new $50 million private venture fund focused on minority and women-operated businesses engaged in sustainability-related products and services.This gap-closing fund is being launched to provide further stability for companies impacted by coronavirus and to add further value to enterprises successfully engaged in environmental solutions and sustainability.
The TD Ready Challenge, an initiative of the TD Bank Group, is an annual North American initiative that provides support to catalyze innovative solutions for a changing world. Grants are awarded to organizations that have impactful and measurable solutions to help open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. The theme of the 2020 Challenge focuses on addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically for communities that are experiencing these impacts disproportionately. Funded solutions must also address at least one of these four interconnected drivers of change: Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities, and Better Health. Grants will range from $350,000 to $1 million (CAD). Deadline: August 13.
NM Safe Certified provides businesses with an on-demand virtual COVID-Safe Training Program to help ensure all New Mexicans remain safe as the state reopens for business and recreation. NM Safe Certified provides a recognizable brand across all industries to assist in building consumer confidence.
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has partnered with the Departments of Transportation, Energy, and Defense as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to focus on finding business opportunities for small manufacturers by matching their capabilities with the supply chain needs of America’s original equipment manufacturers.
USDA funding for immediate relief to agricultural producers and the Farmers to Families Food Box Program providers who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs. Deadline: August 28.
USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA B&I CARES Act Program provisions. Deadline: September 15, 2021, or until funds are expended.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic for emergencies that constitute imminent threats to health and safety. Deadline: Open
Elevate Conservation: Outdoors for All – July 20, 2020
Over 30 Conservation, outdoor advocacy, and outdoor industry companies will gather online to foster and maintain the integral roles that conservation, climate change mitigation, sound public lands policies, and equity play in supporting a successful outdoor industry.
Visa • IFundWomen Grant Program for Black Women-Owned Businesses
Visa and IFundWomen have partnered to support Black women-owned small businesses through a new grant program and educational resources. The program is issuing 10 grants, plus a year’s worth of coaching and connections through a one-year membership to IFUNDWOMEN. Deadline: July 31.
The Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that support the preservation, promotion, and advancement of American Indian self-sufficiency and culture. The Foundation’s specific areas of interest include the development of American Indian entrepreneurism, facilitating American Indian education, and the preservation and enhancement of American Indian culture. Requests are reviewed quarterly. 2020 Deadlines: Aug. 31 and Nov. 30.
The New Mexico Environment Department Brownfields Program manages the Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund that offers low-interest loans with favorable terms for remediating environmental contamination at eligible sites, including asbestos removal or abatement. Free Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments including environmental sampling and analysis, cleanup planning assistance, asbestos and lead paint surveys, and remediation cost estimates are also available to government units, tribal governments, quasi-public entities (such as community development organizations), and non-profit entities.
EnergySprint is a 5-week venture builder for New Mexico innovators in clean technology. The program provides coaching, expertise, and funding to startups and established businesses that are leading the creation of innovative solutions in renewable energy, energy storage, and applications of energy to cyber security. Deadline: July 24.
Powered by MIT Solve, the Morgridge Family Foundation and New Profit, this challenge seeks the most promising solutions that accelerate pathways to current and future employment across the US. Solutions that focus on non-coastal states, US interior regions, and/or racial justice are encouraged to apply.
Finalists will be invited to a pitch event January 24-26, 2021 in Austin, TX at the IBM headquarters to present their solutions to distinguished judges. Winners will have access to a $625,000 prize pool. Deadline: Nov. 9.
The Tomberg Family Philanthropies support projects in the areas of education, environment, health, and poverty alleviation. They make grants to U.S.501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and certain government entities or public institutions, such as public schools and universities. Grants normally range from $5,000 to $15,000. Letters of inquiry may be submitted between July 27 and September 8, 2020; invited full proposals must be submitted by December 21, 2020.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Grants are provided for curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Deadline: Sept. 1.
The T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program, an initiative of Polaris Industries, provides support to national, state, and local organizations to ensure the future of ATV riding. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Deadline: Sept. 1.
Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program (VHRMP)
The VHRMP provides support to rehabilitate and modify the primary residence of veterans who are low-income and have disabilities. Grants may also be used to provide grantees’ affiliates with technical, administrative, and training support in connection with modification and rehabilitation services. Deadline Aug. 18.
Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants (SCC)
The SCC will build the capacity of community colleges to collaborate with employers and the public workforce development system to meet local and regional labor market demand for a skilled workforce. The purpose of this grant is (1) to increase the capacity and responsiveness of community colleges to address the skill development needs of employers and dislocated and unemployed workers, incumbent workers, and new entrants to the workforce; (2) to offer this spectrum of workers and other individuals accelerated career pathways that enable them to gain skills and transition from unemployment to (re)employment quickly; and (3) to address the new challenges associated with the COVID-19 health crisis that necessitate social distancing practices and expanding online and technology-enabled learning and migrating services to a virtual environment. Deadline: Oct. 8.
Native Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute
The online program brings together the nation’s leading designers and affordable housing developers to collaborate on the creation of well-designed affordable homes and green, healthy, and resilient communities. Deadline: July 24.
The New Mexico Environment Department manages the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program (CWSRF). The CWSRF program provides a source of low-cost financing for a wide range of wastewater and storm water projects that protect surface and ground water. Funds may also be used for projects that control non-point source water pollution, such as solid waste and septic tank installations. FY21 applications now being accepted.
Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) Grant
The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI), is soliciting proposals from Tribes for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies of economic development opportunities located in designated Opportunity Zones. Deadline September 15.
Honor the Earth: Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative
The mission of Honor the Earth is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Through the Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative, Honor the Earth provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to nonprofit Native organizations that are controlled by Indigenous peoples. This initiative supports organizations working in two areas: 1) implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency and weatherization improvements to advance community dignity and energy sovereignty, and 2) creating food security utilizing Indigenous varieties and organic production. Deadline: July 20.
USDA-Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
USDA-Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. Examples of essential facilities include health care facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
The Emergent Fund supports grassroots organizing and power building in communities of color throughout the U.S. who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious, and other forms of discrimination. Grants are provided to develop innovative strategies to transform our country.
Our Town is a creative placemaking grant program that supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, or social outcomes. Deadline: August 6.
GroundUp is a step-by-step financial modeling tool for development projects built by The Governance Project and The Opportunity Exchange. Developers and communities can easily generate key project financials to present to investors. Register now for exclusive early access.