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Deadline: August 30, 2022

New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department: Summer Food and At-Risk Expansion and Enhancement Grant

The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) is expanding the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the At-risk After School meals provision of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  Funding will provide eligible organizations with the opportunity to expand or enhance their programs to reach additional children, additional communities, or offer additional meals or meals at additional times or locations. The intent is to increase access to these programs by providing additional sites, increasing the frequency or duration of meal service times and providing innovative ways of using these programs to address food insecurity and food access concerns in New Mexico.

This funding is solely for the expansion and/or enhancement of SFSP and CACFP programs that are operating in New Mexico. Examples of allowable expenses include: additional allowable food components, such as extra protein or an additional fruit item; administrative overhead related to expansion and enhancement efforts; advertising expenses to increase awareness of program benefits; equipment needed for storage or to transport food safely; facility expenses necessary to add a new location or site; travel expenses related to visiting a new location where services will be offered; wages for additional staff needed to expand services.

Amount: A total of $1,500,000 is available to be dispersed according to the size of the organization:

* Small organizations (less than 5000 meals/snacks served per month): Grants range from $500 – $3,000 grant

* Medium-sized organizations (greater than 5,000 but less than 10,000 meals/snacks served per month): Grants range up to $10,000

* Larger organizations (more than 10,000 meals/snacks served per month): Grants range up to$20,000.

Eligibility: Private and public nonprofit organizations that are currently participating with CACFP or SSP and are in good standing, or are eligible to participate with either program. Eligible organizations include the following: afterschool education, enrichment or recreational programs that qualify for CACFP or SFSP; and governmental organizations such as municipalities, county government, tribal government, and other local governmental entities.

Link: Application portal: https://www.nmececd.org/grants-rfps-and-procurement-opportunities/; RFP: https://www.nmececd.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/SFSP-At-Risk-APPLICATION-FINAL-1.pdf

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