NM Youth Conservation Corps Commission
The Youth Conservation Corps Commission is soliciting proposals for public projects that employ youth between the ages of 14 to 25 (Corps members) while conserving New Mexico’s natural resources and providing community benefits of lasting value. A YCC Project must be completed in six months or less; result in a specific identifiable product or service that otherwise would not be accomplished with existing funds; does not duplicate the Applicant’s routine services or functions; and provides a balanced work and learning program in which Corps members learn environmental awareness and work skills primarily though meaningful work activities on public lands or facilities.
Applicants’ proposed Projects must:
- preserve, maintain, and enhance natural resources by protecting air, fish, forest land, water, and wildlife;
- rehabilitate and improve cultural, historic sites, libraries, museums, parks, parkways, refuges, trails, zoos, and other recreational and natural areas;
- benefit recreational areas and parks by improving their use and access;
- assist with emergency operations, including fires, floods, and rescue of lost or injured persons;
- beautify, improve, and restore urban areas;
- renovate community facilities, including those for the elderly or indigent;
- reinforce the “Keep New Mexico Beautiful” campaign; or
- provide disaster relief, increase energy conservation and recycling, improve fire prevention, beautify New Mexico highways, upgrade public lands and facilities, revitalize urban areas, or further goals of community renewal or protection and enhancement of natural resources.
Amount: In FY15/FY16 the Commission will equally distribute approximately $4.1 million to for projects in two categories: 1) Projects located in urban Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), which include Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, Dona Anã, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Torrance, and San Juan counties (urban counties); and 2) Projects located in all other counties (rural counties).
Eligibility: Local units of government, state and federal agencies, federally recognized Native American Tribes, and non-profit organizations (those exempt from federal income tax as described in Section 501 (c) of the United States Internal Revenue Code).
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