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Monthly Newsletter

January | 2022

Message from Executive Director Monica Abeita

Happy New Year to you all as we begin 2022! Please join us on Zoom for NCNMEDD’s annual board meeting on Friday, January 14 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will include legislative updates from our friends at the New Mexico Municipal League and NM Counties, in advance of the 30-day Legislative Session. We are also closing in on the January 13 deadline to submit capital outlay requests. Please note that we are still here to assist you in these final days. In the next few months, NCNMEDD will be partnering on webinars to assist you with the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Preliminary resources can be found in this newsletter and on our Recovery Resources webpage. We look forward to working with you in the year ahead and to achieving significant milestones for our region. 

Four Opportunities for Entrepreneurs!

Native American BizSprint: Apply by January 11! Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University is offering a targeted business accelerator for Native American-owned businesses located (or planning to be located) in Bernalillo, McKinley, Sandoval, San Juan, Santa Fe, or Valencia counties. $500 stipend for program graduates. BizSprint info and registration link.

UNM Rainforest Innovations Offers Free, Self-paced Online Course Create.Sell.Bank! This free course runs January 18-March 27, and is geared to teach businesses e-commerce techniques including developing storefronts, online presence, and driving customers to your site. Learn more and register here.

Outdoor Recreation Certificate Program: Apply by 1/22/22! The Santa Fe Innovates business accelerator has teamed up with UNM Anderson School of Management to offer a special Outdoor Recreation certificate program for early-stage entrepreneurs in central and northern New Mexico. The course will help you learn about the outdoor recreation industry and validate your outdoor recreation business ideas. Learn More.

Santa Fe Food LABS 2022 This program is perfect for food entrepreneurs in Northern New Mexico looking to build a business or revamp their startup! Register by February 27. $175 fee, with payment and scholarship options. Sign up here.

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Infrastructure Bill and Infrastructure Needs in New Mexico

Resources are available to help us learn about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Please check out the following resources:

As more information becomes available, we will continue to share it.


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NCNMEDD Seeks VISTA Host Sites

Could a full-time VISTA volunteer help you advance a project combatting poverty or related to economic opportunity?

VISTA members work full time and are provided with health care and living allowances to support their one-year commitment. Volunteers perform indirect service like research, creating communications content, devising community engagement strategies, and developing programs.

LEARN MORE about hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA Member. For more information contact Christopher Madrid. 

Above, Pam Martinez serves as a VISTA volunteer in the Las Vegas San Miguel Chamber of Commerce. She works on a project creating jobs, businesses, and training opportunities for local residents​. 

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Transportation Update

Kyla Danforth, NCNMEDD's Transportation Intern, was granted the Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, funded by the Federal Highway Administration and managed through UNM. Kyla's research goal is to improve transportation safety and includes an evaluation of Complete Street designs in the Albuquerque area. The research aims to understand how to incorporate community voice and input and improve street safety in an auto-oriented city. Research results could be applied elsewhere, including communities in north central New Mexico. 

Grant and Funding Opportunities

USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, Ongoing.

To develop essential community facilities in rural areas.

FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)| Extended to January 21, 2022.

Eligible applicants: fire departments, EMS organizations, state fire training academies. 5% match required. To foster interoperability, strengthen community resilience, and enhance the safety of the public and emergency responders before, during, and after hazardous events.


US Forest Service/USDA Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity, Deadline January 19, 2022. To expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

Department of Labor Youth Build, Deadline January 21, 2022.

Community-based alternative education program utilizing a pre-apprenticeship model for youth ages 16-24.

USDA NIFA Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program, Deadline January 31, 2022.

To bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system and foster high levels of community engagement between farms and school systems and to prepare students for food and agricultural and related careers.

USDA Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program, Deadline February 8, 2022.

To provide support to governmental and non-profit entities to deliver relief payments to eligible farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and grocery store workers who incurred expenses responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEA Grants for Arts Projects, 2 Deadlines: February 10, 2022, and July 7, 2022.

1:1 match required. Diverse arts projects, funding of $10,000 to $100,000.

HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program, Deadline February 15, 2022.

To replace distressed public/assisted housing and improve outcomes related to employment, income, health, and children’s education. Eligible Applicants: City or township governments and Public/Indian housing authorities.

USDA Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grants, Concept proposal due February 18, 2022. For rural jobs accelerator partnerships to create high wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, and help rural communities identify and maximize local assets.

USDA ReConnect/Rural eConnectivity Program, Deadline February 22, 2022.  

To expand broadband in rural areas. ReConnect now offers 100% grants for certain projects on tribal lands and in socially vulnerable communities.

USDA Rural Business Development Grants | Rural Development (, Deadline February 28, 2022. Funds a wide array of construction and non-construction projects. 

HHS Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program, Deadline March 18, 2022.

For non-profits and governmental entities in rural areas.

T-Mobile Hometown Grant Application, Deadline March 31, 2022.

Funding for community projects like revitalizing a town hall, a senior center, a local little league field, or any space where friends and neighbors gather. Ongoing quarterly deadlines.

NEA Challenge America Grants, Deadline April 21, 2022.

$10,000 grants to small organizations to extend arts to underserved populations. Requires 1:1 match.



Call for Organizations to Join Northern New Mexico Data Sprint

LANL’s Information Science & Technology Institute and Community Partnerships Office seeks community partner organizations to participate in the second Northern New Mexico Community Data Sprint. Learn about the first year’s projects here.

This week-long event will pair local nonprofit and social good organizations with a small team of LANL data scientists to solve data-related problems to benefit Northern New Mexico. The application deadline is January 30, 2022. Learn More.

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New Economic Recovery Resources

NCNMEDD revamped our COVID-19 Recovery Resources page. There are sections on Grant Research and Funding Opportunities, including Broadband; Assistance for Individuals and Families, and a comprehensive list of Small Business Loans, Trainings, and Technical Assistance, including NCNMEDD's Working Now Loan.

Our staff is here to help! Please reach out anytime for assistance:

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