A $140,000 state Outdoor Equity Fund is available to support efforts by nonprofits and government entities to create “transformative outdoor experiences” for low-income youth, according to the New Mexico Economic Development Department.

Awards will range from $1,500 to $15,000 for programs that serve and have a well-developed plan to engage at least 40 percent low-income youths in outdoor recreation activities, said Axie Navas, director of the department's Outdoor Recreation Division.

To apply, visit bit.ly/3bMrSkc. The deadline for applications is Aug. 1.

The fund can be used for new or existing programs that educate low-income youth about climate change and the environment.

“Our measure of success is how many new kids are we getting outside,” Navas said.

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