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The Western Sky Community Care Micro Grant Fund has supported many nonprofits in Dona Ana, Luna, Hidalgo, and Sierra counties. The fund, housed at the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, supported eight nonprofits in 2020 with micro grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 in five areas of focus:
-Economic Stability (employment, housing instability, food insecurity, poverty)
-Education (early childhood education and development, enrollment in higher education, high school -graduation, language and literacy)
-Social and community context (civic participation, incarceration, discrimination, social cohesion)
-Health and health care (access to health care and primary care, health literacy)
-Neighborhood and built environment (access to foods that support healthy eating patterns, crime and violence, environmental conditions, quality of housing)
In 2020 and amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the Western Sky Grant was able to fund eight nonprofits including: Youth Civic Group/El Crucero, Roadrunner Food Bank, Deming Animal Guardians, Beloved Community, Base Play, Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, Casa de Peregrinos, and First Teacher/Primer Maestro.
"Western Sky Community Care is proud to partner with the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico," said Tony Hernandez, president and CEO of Western Sky Community Care. "This partnership will enable us to assist organizations to meet the needs of our most vulnerable communities.”
The Youth Civic Group Program also known as El Crucero PSH had a vision to teach children about character, concern for others, governmental systems and community service. With funding from the Western Sky Grant the children were able to engage first-hand in community service, learn about public policy, and stay informed about local issues.
Roadrunner Food Bank had been hoping to expand its distributions to at-risk seniors in Animas, NM. With funds from the Western Sky Micro Grant, a mobile distribution in Hidalgo County was created for their senior population. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic all Roadrunner Food Bank sites remained open and continue to provide support to those in need.
The Western Sky Community Care 2021 grant cycle is open from April 5 - May 28, and is available to all 501c3 organizations in Doña Ana, Luna, Hidalgo and Sierra counties. For information about this micro grant opportunity, or to receive an application packet for the grant, email the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico at email@example.com, or call the CFSNM office at 575-521-4794.