The New Mexico Foundation has teamed up with local, regional and national partners to create the Native American Recovery Fund zone grant to support Native-driven recovery projects.

The grant will provide $25,000 for initial support and planning for 12 projects initiated by Native American entities across New Mexico. Up to $5.5 million is available to help these groups find even larger funding sources to support their efforts.

The grant is designed to support economic security, health systems, local food systems, water resilience projects and opportunities for youth.

"Despite incredibly challenging conditions for our Native American communities across the state through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to see resilience and leadership emerge as we work to  'build back better' in the coming years," JoAnn Melchor, president and CEO of the New Mexico Foundation, said in a statement.

The grant will "provide funding, technical support and networking opportunities" for eligible projects, she said.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Oct. 14, and grant decisions are expected to be announced by the end of October. Visit to find the request for proposals. 

General Assignment Reporter

Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.

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