2018 GRANT POOL
Santa Fe, NM – The Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC), in partnership with New Mexico Community Foundation, and Los Alamos National Security, awarded five economic development grants. 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.
$70K was awarded across 5 grants. Summary of 2018 grant recipients and their projects
Española Valley Fiber Arts Center
The Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC) is THE HUB of Fiber Arts activities in northern New Mexico with equipment rentals, consignment sales, and many other benefits to Fiber Artists, and their small businesses, as well as the general public. EVFAC is the only facility in New Mexico that offers substantial fiber, yarn and fabric dyeing workshops as well as rental of a dye-kitchen, all of which are available to anyone. The present increase in demand for classes in general, and dye workshops in particular, require a facility upgrade to continue this growth. The MSC funded a project a capacity growing project to improve the dye-kitchen and the evaluate the entire classroom space so that EVFAC can better respond to customer demand.
Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute
The Institute is the non-profit sister organization to the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market. The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute’s mission is to advocate for farmers, ranchers and other land-based producers; provide equitable access to fresh, local food; own and operate a year-round venue for the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market; and manage programs to help sustain a profitable, locally-based agricultural community. The MSC funded a new Training & Development Program specifically to develop and implement a pilot program that supports vendors’ marketing and branding needs. This includes improvement of booth displays, logos, label design and marketing strategies for their unique products to help build their customer base and increase capacity.
Reunity Resources was founded in 2011 began as a community-supported experiment with a grand vision to create closed loop systems that turn waste into value. Recently it has expanded its operation to include regenerative farming for donation of foods to local hunger efforts. The MSC has funded a project to hire a farm manager who will be responsible for training 3 young apprentices for a full farming season including unique high-desert farming skills and economic skills such as targeting crop plans to local chef needs and creating and marketing value added products. . As part of the training, the farmer and apprentices will develop at least two value-added products for the regional distribution and sale. Apprentices will be hired through Youthworks to target “green collar” job skill training for at- risk young people in our community.
WESST Enterprise Center
WESST is a statewide small business development and training organization committed to growing New Mexico’s economy by cultivating entrepreneurship. and has nurtured the entrepreneurial dreams of thousands of New Mexicans by providing training, technical assistance and access to capital. The MSC funded Part 2 of their The Business of Art program– a 9-month training program targeting the residents of New Mexico’s Eight Northern Pueblos who want and need assistance in packaging, pricing, promoting and selling their creative work. The program will provide business skills training needed to market and profit from worldwide internet exposure, provide one-o-one consulting and mentoring and remain accessible to the artists after the classroom training ends.
Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation
The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation leverages public and private sector investment to achieve sustainable economic development. The MSC has funded a Visitor Training Program to assist in training local Los Alamos County businesses in how to attract and engage with tourists to grow their businesses.
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.
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