September 25, 2023

Grant Watch: Week Ending in 9/22/2023

We appreciate your understanding during the brief hiatus of our Monday grants newsletter. We’ve been actively engaged in several important endeavors, including staff expansion, relocating our office, and hosting a comprehensive all-staff retreat. Rest assured, starting today, our newsletter will resume its regular schedule. Thank you for your patience!

The Grant Plant routinely reviews funder websites and notices and is pleased to share some upcoming opportunities with you. Contact us if you would like support in preparing a proposal.

The New Mexico Public Education Department Stronger Connections Funding Opportunity September 28, 2023.

The PED has released an application for LEAs to apply for grant funding through the federal Stronger Connections grant program to support district-wide implementation of an emergency response/communications system. If awarded, LEAs will receive funding and support to integrate the Mutualink LNK 360 System. Mutualink provides school safety with an automated emergency response solution. This service instantly connects schools to police in emergencies while having direct communications and live views of what’s happening, speeding response, and saving lives. Please see the following links for the instructions of how to apply:

PENN Entertainment Foundation Grant October 1, 2023.

PENN Entertainment Foundation, Inc. grants shall be used to address the broad needs of the residents of the communities in which PENN Entertainment Foundation, Inc. operates or has a business interest, which currently includes the following states: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia.

Foundation grants shall generally fall in the following categories: Projects and programs related to community infrastructure improvements, public safety, economic development, housing, historic preservation, citizen involvement, civic leadership training, and other general community activities. Programs which support pre-school, elementary and secondary education, post-secondary education and special education programs. Programs which support children and youth, senior citizens and disadvantaged populations, especially in times of natural or manmade disaster. Programs and facilities designed to foster an understanding, appreciation and celebration of different cultures and encourage participation among individuals of different cultures and belief systems. Local health and medical-related programs. Programs that provide support and services to veterans, active members of the military and their families. Grant determinations will be considered on a quarterly basis.

First National Development Institute Strengthening Native Programs and Feeding Families Grant October 5, 2023.

The food pantry initiative will respond to the fact that American Indians have the highest food insecurity in the United States. Through the Strengthening Native Programs & Feeding Families Grant, First Nations expects to award 12 tribes or Native-run nonprofits or Native community groups, which are addressing food insecurity through food distribution, with grants averaging $10,000 each annually over four years.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program October 5, 2023.

The Distressed Area Recompete Pilot Program (Recompete Pilot Program) will invest $200 million in persistently distressed communities to create and connect people to good jobs. This program will create renewed economic opportunity in communities that have for too long been forgotten. To do so, the program targets areas where prime-age (25-54 years) employment significantly trails the national average, with the goal to close this gap through large, flexible investments. As part of EDA’s place-based economic development approach, the Recompete Pilot Program aims to meet communities where they are by offering grant opportunities that ensure sustainable and equitable economic growth across the United States.

Farm to School Technical Assistance-Cooperative Agreement October 10, 2023.

The purpose of the Farm to School Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement described in this request for applications (RFA) is to support nonprofit entities and Indian Tribal Organizations to implement national- and/or regional-level farm to school activities. Awardees under this cooperative agreement will undertake projects supporting USDA’s priorities of Food System Transformation, Improving Child Health through Nutritious School Meals, and Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Available funding ranges from $500,000 to $1 million depending on the applicant’s choice of track. Eligible applicants are national and/or regional level nonprofit entities and Indian Tribal Organizations with a history of meaningful engagement with the target audience for this cooperative agreement.

The New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division Outdoor Equity Fund December 31, 2023. 

In 2020, the Outdoor Equity Fund opened to applications for the first time, awarding $270,000+ to 25 applicants across the state. It continues to support transformative outdoor experiences that foster stewardship and respect for lands, waters, and cultural heritage. The fund cycle for 2023 is open on a rolling basis, until funds are expended. Early applications are encouraged.

The New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division Outdoor Recreation Trails+ Grant May 1, 2024.

This grant program supports projects that enhance communities’ outdoor recreation opportunities. Trails, river parks, wildlife viewing areas, and more contribute to economic development, prosperity, and wellness. This grant funds shovel-ready projects that directly add to that access. The Outdoor Recreation Trails+ grant has now awarded 90 projects in total statewide. The fund cycle for 2023 is open on a rolling basis, until funds are expended. Early applications are encouraged.


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