2015 GRANT POOL
Santa Fe, NM – The Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC), in partnership with New Mexico Community Foundation, Los Alamos National Security, and the Regional Development Corporation, awarded three economic development grants to two regional nonprofit organizations and one tribal community. The LANL MSC grant funding supports economic development industry cluster projects serving Sandoval, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Miguel, and/or Mora counties, as well as the Eight Northern Pueblos. Specifically, the LANL MSC grants support projects and initiatives such as small business incubators, formalized cluster groups or cluster associations, small business technical assistance providers, micro-lenders, and/or commercial kitchens.
$80K was awarded across 4 grants. Some of the recipients included:
Española Valley Fiber Arts Center will upscale their Fiber Arts Fiesta to focus on products made by New Mexico fiber artists, rather than just supplies, with the support from a Show Coordinator, who will coach fiber artists to produce quality products that target customer needs. The goal is to increase revenue of local fiber artists as a result of enhanced training, increased product quality, mentoring, and exposure provided by EVFAC shows.
Picuris Pueblo will enhance its tribal charcoal business by strengthening its marketing and distribution plan, as well purchasing necessary equipment to make their charcoal production more efficient. The charcoal production business will contribute to the integration of forest restoration and profitable use and management of Picuris Pueblo forest slash and biomass resources, as well as create jobs for tribal members, and expand business and income to the tribe from charcoal sales.
Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute will increase the capacity and outreach of their Micro Loan Fund and Professional Development Programs. The Micro Loan Fund will make working capital available to farmers and help manage seasonally fluctuating cash flow inherent to the sector. The Professional Development Program will help connect farmers to resources and technical assistance in order to improve their businesses. These programs will help build capacity of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market to be an even stronger engine of economic development by improving access to healthy local food for low income families, while also generating significant additional income for Santa Fe Farmers Market vendors.
The LANL MSC is a collaborative of the 35 largest LANL Subcontractors who pool and designate their individual corporate resources towards diversifying Northern New Mexico’s economy. Specifically, the Consortium’s Economic Development Grant Pool, established in 2006, provides LANL subcontractors with a direct mechanism by which to make high-impact investments, collectively, towards the region’s economic development. All Consortium-raised dollars for the grant pool are matched dollar for dollar by Los Alamos National Security. The LANL MSC Fund is held and managed by New Mexico Community Foundation.