NM Outdoor Recreation Division: Outdoor Equity Fund
The Outdoor Equity Fund was created to ensure equitable access to the outdoors for all youth. The grant supports transformative outdoor experiences that foster stewardship and respect for New Mexico’s lands, waters, and cultural heritage.
Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
- Adaptive outdoor recreation of all types
- Camping in tents, RV, yurts, etc.
- Nature enjoyment such as wildlife viewing, wildlife photography, nature walks, and plant identification
- Road, mountain, gravel, bicycling, and bike-packing
- Trail activities such as hiking, backpacking, trail running, horseback riding, and hunting
- Off-road motorized activities such as UTV or ATV
- Water activities such as canoeing, rafting, stand-up paddle boarding, and fishing
- Snow activities such as snowboarding, skiing, and snowshoeing
Eligible grant expenses include:
- Services (recreational and educational)
- Materials (equipment and supplies)
- Administrative costs
- Billed labor
- Miscellaneous (insurance, food, etc.)
Applicants must have a well-developed written plan to engage low-income youth in nature-based outdoor recreation activities. Applicants must include some type of education plan on the climate and environment.
Amount: Awards range from $1,500–$20,000 for an 18-month performance period.
Note: There is a 1:1 match requirement for urban applicants; 2:1 match for rural applicants. In-kind and/or cash matches are accepted. “Rural” is defined as any part of the state of New Mexico other than Los Alamos County, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Farmington, Las Cruces, Roswell, Santa Fe, and a 10-mile radius around those cities. See solicitation for details.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include Tribes, Pueblos, and Nations; municipalities; counties; nonprofits; K-12 schools/districts; colleges/universities. Applicants should serve a population where at least 40% are low-income youth up to age 18.
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