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Deadline: March 16, 2017

New Mexico Resiliency Alliance: Resilient Communities Fund

The Resilient Communities Fund is the flagship grant making program of the New Mexico Resiliency Alliance (NMRA). The Fund will support community development projects within the following two categories:

Category A – Healthy Community Design and Public Infrastructure: Grants will support projects that incorporate professional public health and planning collaborations and enhance physical infrastructure, including land use/community development planning and elements that improve health outcomes of residents by:

  • Increasing physical activity
  • Reducing injury
  • Increasing access to healthy food
  • Improving air and water quality
  • Minimizing the effects of climate change
  • Decreasing mental health stresses
  • Strengthening the social fabric of a community
  • Providing fair access to livelihood, education, and resources

Category B – Resilient Community Initiatives: Grants will support projects that enhance resilience and economic prosperity for residents in underserved communities, including:

  • Community economic and entrepreneurism development
  • Placemaking activities that improve streetscapes; enhance façades for buildings and infrastructure for small business; develop or expand trails, parks, and recreation amenities; preserve historic and cultural assets; and enhance public spaces for civic and community engagement
  • Development of the arts, cultural, or creative economy, including public art, performing arts, events, scenic/cultural corridor projects, or creative economic endeavors
  • Enhance food security via community-supported agriculture, co-ops, agricultural entrepreneurism, etc.
  • Promote environmental stewardship and safeguard water and other natural resources
  • Cultural or heritage preservation activities
  • Capacity-building for community development entities, supporting activities such as the education and training for individuals or organizations, leadership development, or that promote the financial or operational sustainability of the applicant
  • Advocacy, organizing, and civic engagement, including policy research, advocacy, community organizing, litigation, and other systemic reform strategies that can address the root causes of social problems

Projects that enhance current public outreach efforts or address priorities of existing and downtown master plans, comp plans, cultural plans, food access plans, public/community health plans are encouraged. Projects that seek funding to develop those plans are not eligible. Note that the American Planning Association, New Mexico Chapter (APA-NM), the sponsor of these funds, requests that proposers be open to having their project highlighted in a statewide assessment of professional public health and planning collaborations to be completed in July of 2017.

NMRA will give preference to projects that: 1) leverage NMRA’s investment via matching contributions (cash and in-kind) and collaborative partnerships; 2) serve rural or underserved communities (including neighborhoods); 3) build community resilience; and 4) support a demonstrable and positive economic impact to the community residents.

Grants will be awarded in March and projects must be completed no later than July 31, 2017.

Amount: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for projects that fit one of the funding categories. Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded for projects that fit both of the funding categories. The average award is $2,500.

Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations or organizations operating under a fiscal sponsor.

Link: http://nmresiliencyalliance.org/news/resilient-communities-fund-2017-request-for-applications

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