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Monthly Newsletter

May | 2022

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Message from Executive Director Monica Abeita

Our hearts are heavy this month as we watch the fires rage in Mora, San Miguel and Colfax counties. NCNMEDD is honored to continue to assist our local governments and senior centers ensure the safety of community members, and soon, to rebuild and recover. 

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New Mexico Rural Summit, May 12 and 13, 2022 at the New Mexico State Capitol.

Join rural, frontier, and tribal leaders, and federal and state partners, for two days of in-depth discussion on infrastructure, education, transportation, economic development, health care, public safety, agriculture, acequias, and natural resources.

Register Here.


NCNMEDD Hosts Housing Toolkit Webinar Wednesday, May 4 at 3 pm.

You're invited! Learn from NCNMEDD how to navigate housing funding, programs, and development partnerships.  

Via Zoom; register here.

San Miguel, Mora, Colfax, and Taos Counties awarded to participate in USDA Rural Partners Network


Earlier this year the counties of San Miguel and Taos were each invited to submit a letter of interest for consideration as a prospective USDA Rural Partners Network pilot program site. Instead of competing against one another, the good leadership of these counties decided to collaborate and form a larger region which would also include Mora and Colfax Counties.

The four-county region was recently selected for the pilot program at a ceremony in Ratón attended by Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small, U.S. Congresswoman Teresa Fernandez Leger, USDA NM State Director Patricia Dominquez, and elected officials and community members from all four counties.

The Rural Partners Network is a collaboration among federal agencies meant to improve access for rural communities to government resources, staffing, and tools.

The Rural Partners Network will put “boots on the ground” through “Community Liaisons,” who will provide local leaders with the expertise to navigate federal programs. 

NCNMEDD looks forward to supporting the Rural Partners Network to ensure its success in our region and state.

Information about Fires in the Region

New Mexico Highlands University has compiled a Hermit's Peak Fire Info and Resources Page.   Learn more about Peñasco area evacuation on the Peñasco Independent School District Facebook page.  

Grant Writing Resources and Training

The New Mexico Municipal League is offering a series of grant writing workshops at no cost.  Sessions include:

NCNMEDD currently provides technical assistance with grants, and we hope to expand our services if we receive funding during the special Legislative Session. Do you need help researching funding options for a particular project? Please contact Community Development Planner Felicity Fonseca at 505-356-9098 for this kind of technical assistance.

Three Local Foundations Offer Non-Profits Help to Pursue Federal Funding

Anchorum St. Vincent, the Thornburg Foundation and the Santa Fe Community Foundation are providing resources so New Mexico nonprofits can secure large federal grants. 

Grants can be used to support grant proposal writing, collaborative planning, federal fund research,

post-award management, and more (click here to view the full RFP).

Awards from $5,000 to $25,000 will be accompanied by technical assistance from Pivotal New Mexico and 501(C)PA.   Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 30, 2022 or funding is exhausted.  Click here for more information and to apply. 

New Mexico Broadband Collective Launches Grant Application for NM Broadband Projects

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The New Mexico Broadband Equity Fund, managed by the New Mexico Foundation in partnership with the New Mexico Broadband Collective, began accepting applications on Friday, April 1, 2022. This fund will award grants of up to $75,000 to nonprofit organizations, Tribes, Nations, Pueblos, organizations with a fiscal sponsor, and eligible local government entities to support community and regional efforts to develop and improve broadband. For any questions about the New Mexico Broadband Equity Fund, please contact Danielle LaJoie or Erika Davila.

The deadline to apply is 12:00 pm on May 13, 2022.

Learn more and apply.

NM Office of Broadband Access and Expansion Seeks Input from Key Stakeholders

To help promote the expansion of middle mile broadband in the state, The New Mexico Office of Broadband Access and Expansion seeks input from key stakeholders such as broadband providers, broadband asset owners, local governments, tribal communities, and various state agencies. 

Please respond to their Request for Information (RFI) to help them develop a comprehensive strategy for Network funding, design, deployment, and administration. Between now and May 16, 2022, please review the RFI and share your feedback to

39 Transportation Project Fund Applications Going Forth from Our Region's RTPOS 

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These applications represent more than $92 million in need for transportation improvements. Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) are working on rating and ranking the applications before submitting them to NMDOT. 

On the federal level, there are numerous transportation funding opportunities coming up, from low- and no-emission buses (and other passenger vehicles for public transportation), electric vehicle infrastructure for private passenger vehicles, to safe streets and roads for all, and more. 

You can find a schedule of upcoming transportation funding opportunities from the U.S. DOT’s website Upcoming Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcements in 2022. Contact Transportation Planner Paul Sittig with any questions.  

Sign Up to Participate in NM Outdoor Recreation Division Uplift Initiative

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Initiative Will Craft Outdoor Recreation Strategic Plans for Each of the State's Six Economic Development Regions

ORD, together with Public Land Solutions (PLS), will work with every region of the state to develop outdoor recreation strategic plans, compile data, and prioritize outdoor projects so they’re funding-ready.

PLS is a nationally respected non-profit dedicated to providing comprehensive recreation planning and stakeholder coordination. PLS will be scheduling in-person and virtual meetings and workshops throughout the state.  Learn more and sign up to 

participate in the upcoming meetings and workshops.

$10 Million in Grants Available to Promote Food Security in New Mexico

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The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, in coordination with the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), announces the New Mexico Food Security Grant. The grant focuses on multi-sector collaborations that increase food security for New Mexicans. 


Proposals will be accepted through May 23, 2022. Applicants must be a legally recognized government or quasi-governmental entity. Nonprofit entities must apply through a local government to submit a project.


Proposals are accepted in the following priority areas:

  • Innovative distribution models for Tribal, rural, and frontier communities.
  • Infrastructure funding for storage, aggregation, preparation, and food processing for food-insecure communities.
  • Startup funds for cross-sector food security initiatives.


NM Food Security Grant Pre-Application Webinar 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

NM Food Security Grant Application and application packet.

National Virtual Placemaking Conference 

May 23-24

USDA and the University of Kentucky are inviting rural leaders across the country to attend the Placemaking for Small and Rural Communities Online Conference on May 23-24. Rural communities, placemaking technical assistance providers and philanthropic entities interested in supporting rural placemaking efforts are encouraged to register for this two-day conference.

The conference will showcase placemaking strategies that rural communities can use and will connect rural leaders to placemaking experts and potential funders.

An interactive digital toolkit will be shared and can be used to connect rural leaders with technical assistance providers, funders and guides on how to implement placemaking in their own communities.

To register, visit

Upcoming CDBG Dates

Community Development Block Grants can fund a wide array of local government projects. For more information, see the NM DFA website or contact NCNMEDD Community Development Director Christopher Madrid with questions about how CDBG can help your government entity.  

5/4/2022 Threshold Compliance Deadline

5/11/2022 Application Workshop 

6/1/2022 LMI methodology approval deadline

Grant and Funding Opportunities

USDA FSA Farm Storage Facility Loan Program. Loans up to $500,000 to build or upgrade facilities to store commodities.  

Outdoor Recreation Trails+ Grant. Applications reviewed quarterly through December 2022, applicants encouraged to apply early! There are two tiers of funding for local and regional applicants; 2:1 match offered for rural entities.

USDA Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP), Deadline May 16, 2022.

LAMP includes three subprograms:

NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants, Deadline May 17, 2022.

Capital projects support the design, purchase, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities for humanities activities. Digital infrastructure projects support the maintenance, modernization, and sustainability of existing digital scholarly projects and platforms.

USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Deadline May 19, 2022.

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program provides mandatory funds to support education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers and ranchers.

USDA Community Facilities Technical Assistance/Training Grant, Deadline May 23, 2022.

To help rural communities access financial resources to support the construction or upgrade of essential community facilities. The grants are to provide technical assistance and training to help grantees identify and plan for community facility needs in their area.

USDA Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grants, Deadline May 24, 2022. 

To assist meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities to obtain a USDA federal grant of inspection. 

NM Tourism Event Growth and Sustainability Program, Deadline May 27, 2022.  

Technical assistance, sponsorship, marketing and advertising to support event growth and improvement.

DOT Low or No Emission Grant Program, Deadline May 31, 2022.

Funding for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities.

FTA/DOT Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program, Deadline: May 31, 2022.

To assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing, or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing, or leasing bus-related facilities.

USDA American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment Program, Deadline June 1, 2022.  To ensure equitable participation in USDA programs and services.

HUD Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing, Deadline June 6, 2022. To enhance the ability to carry out affordable housing and community development activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons.

USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant, Deadline June 6, 2022.  

To assist in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities.

USDA Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers, Deadline June 8, 2022.

USDA Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant, Deadline June 13, 2022.  

Grants to provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas.  

EDA Build to Scale Program, Deadline June 13, 2022.

Venture Challenge and Capital Challenge to support regional innovation.  

DOJ Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program, Deadline June 13, 2022.  To reduce overdose deaths; promote public safety; and support access to prevention, harm-reduction, treatment, and recovery services in the community and justice system.

USDA NIFA Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program, Deadline June 30, 2022.

To increase fruit and vegetable consumption among SNAP program participants.  

DOT FAA Airport Improvement Program Discretionary Grants, Applications received on a rolling basis, final deadline June 30, 2022.

Learn more about these other opportunities:  

Flower Hill Institute Offers Meat and Poultry Processing Technical Assistance

Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant Opportunities.  

USDA Meat and Poultry Supply Chain Opportunities.

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Contract and Employment Opportunities!