Monthly Newsletter

June 2024

644 Don Gaspar

Message from the

Executive Director

This month, on June 7, NCNMEDD closed on the purchase of our new office building at 644 Don Gaspar, three blocks from the state capitol. This is a major achievement for our organization. We are currently undertaking needed repairs and plan to schedule a ribbon cutting in August. Tremendous thanks to the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and State Legislators for funding the building purchase and to our Board of Directors for their support!

The NCNMEDD June board meeting will be held on Thursday, June 27 at 1:30 pm at the NM Municipal League, 1229 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. Please join us in person or virtually. At this meeting, we will present our fiscal year 2025 budget, contracts for the new year, and Government Results & Opportunity (GRO) projects slated for non-profit organizations.

Happy Summer to you All! -Monica Abeita

New Deadlines for Infrastructure Capital Improvement Planning

The local government infrastructure capital improvement plan (ICIP) is a capital projects planning tool, which establishes priorities for anticipated infrastructure projects for counties, municipalities, tribal governments, special districts, and senior citizen facilities. The local government ICIP is administered through the Department of Finance and Administration, Local Government Division. The tool encourages entities to annually develop and update their five-year plan.

The ICIP is not a funding source, but a tool that helps you plan and phase your project to make it more eligible for state and federal funding. To learn more about what the State of New Mexico wants to see in capital outlay and capital project planning, look at this PRESENTATION from Cally Carswell of the Legislative Finance Committee. 

These are the new earlier ICIP deadlines:  

  • Special Districts – Friday, June 14, 2024
  • Tribal Governments – Friday, July 12, 2024
  • Counties and Municipalities – Friday, July 12, 2024.

If you would like help preparing your ICIP, please reach out to Felicity Fonseca, Community Development Director, at 505-356-9098.

City of Raton Wins EDA Award, Congressionally Directed Spending, and Capital Outlay Funding for Raton Film and Education Center

Congratulations to City of Raton, which was awarded funding under EDA's 2023 Disaster Supplemental Funding! City of Raton was awarded $2 million dollars for building renovations and equipment to support the development of the Raton Film Studio and Education Center, to be housed in the historic Kearny School. 


The EDA award is one of three funding sources contributing to the project. Congresswoman Leger Fernández helped secure the House passage of appropriations funding to help families and communities in New Mexico which included $3 million for the Raton Film Studio and Education Center. An additional $1.1 million dollars in state capital outlay funds had been secured by the City through NM Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham, to kick off the renovations at Kearny.

EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds. More information on EDA’s grant process and investment process can be found at

Federal Electric Vehicle Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant now Open!

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure - This grant is mainly for rural, fast charging stations for Electric Vehicles. It has a $500,000 minimum. Deadline 8/28/24.

NCNMEDD can provide grant writing and engineering assistance to help you successfully pursue these and other grants. We recommend starting early and using DOT tools, such as webinars. Please reach out to Patrick Million if you have a project!

Northern Pueblos RTPO Planner Contact:

Patrick Million, NCNMEDD

North East RTPO Planner Contact:

Patrick Million, NCNMEDD; Julie Surina, EPCOG;

AmeriCorps VISTA Members in Service in Northern New Mexico

AmeriCorps VISTA

NCNMEDD is currently recruiting new VISTA subsites. If you are curious about how VISTA can help your organization, please reach out to Nancy Kastning, 505-819-9449.

AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a non-profit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

Grant and Funding Opportunities

EPA Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants Program, Rolling Deadline November 21, 2024, Apply Early!  Funds community-driven projects that address climate challenges and reduce pollution while strengthening communities through thoughtful implementation.

DOT Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP), Deadline, June 17, 2024. To improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of active transportation networks and communities; improve connectivity between active transportation modes and public transportation; enhance the resiliency of on- and off-road active transportation infrastructure and help protect the environment; and improve quality of life in disadvantaged communities through the delivery of connected active transportation networks and expanded mobility opportunities. 

BOR WaterSMART Environmental Water Resources Project 2024, Deadline June 18, 2024. Funding for water conservation and efficiency projects, water management and infrastructure improvements, and river and watershed restoration projects and nature-based solutions that provide significant ecological benefits, have been developed as part of a collaborative process, and help carry out an established strategy to increase the reliability of water resources.

HUD Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program, Deadline June 20, 2024.

The Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program provides Capital Advance funding for the development of supportive rental housing for Very-Low-Income persons aged 62 years or older and project rental subsidies in the form of a Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) to maintain ongoing affordability.

Fish and Wildlife Service FY24 Tribal Wildlife Grant (TWG) Program, Deadline June 21, 2024. The TWG Program provides opportunities for federally recognized Tribes to engage in fish and wildlife conservation efforts on Tribal lands. Many of the TWG Program-funded project activities increase fish and wildlife populations, allowing for hunting and fishing opportunities on and off Tribal lands. Additionally, the TWG Program funds project activities that align and assist with Endangered Species Act (ESA) conservation activities supporting species down-listing (threatened to endangered), delisting (removal from the list due to species recovery) and preventing new species listings under the ESA.

DHS FEMA Fiscal Year 2024 Tribal Security Grant Program, Deadline June 24, 2024.

Funding for federally recognized tribal nations to enhance their ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from potential terrorist attacks and other hazards. The program directly supports FEMA national priority areas including enhancing cybersecurity, enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places, enhancing information and intelligence sharing and analysis, combating domestic violent extremism, enhancing community preparedness and resilience, and enhancing election security.

DOE Solar and Wind Interconnection for Future Transmission (SWIFTR), Deadline June 28, 2024. To support innovative work to enable simpler, faster, and fairer interconnection of clean energy resources while enhancing the reliability, resiliency, and security of our electrical grid.

ORD Outdoor Recreation Trails+ Grants, Deadline June 30, 2024. Trails+ was created to grow outdoor access for New Mexicans and preserve wild places within our state. This grant invests in conservation-minded shovel-ready projects. Examples include trail design or construction, signage, river access, whitewater amenities, outdoor classroom infrastructure, trailhead improvements, picnic shelters, and wildlife viewing areas.

USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant, Deadline June 30, 2024. The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility then is responsible for repayment to USDA.

BOR WaterSMART Small Scale Water Efficiency Projects, Deadline July 9.

For small-scale on-the-ground projects that seek to conserve, better manage, or otherwise make more efficient use of water supplies. Proposed projects that are supported by an existing water management and conservation plan, System Optimization Review, or other planning effort led by the applicant are prioritized. 

NEA Grants for Arts Projects 2, Deadline July 11, 2024.

For public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector.

NPS Cultural Resources Management Services, Deadline July 15, 2024. The National Park Service seeks to work with partners to conduct a variety of activities, including, but not limited to Archeological Identification/Evaluation Studies, Archival Records Management Plans, Development Concept Plan, Ethnohistory and Ethnography, General Management Plan, Historic Resource Study, National Heritage Area Plans and Evaluations, National Register of Historic Places Documentation and Bulletins, etc.

DOE Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) - Joint Office of Energy and Transportation: Communities Taking Charge Accelerator, Fiscal Year 2024 Funding Opportunity Announcement, Deadline July 16, 2024. Aims to help everyone ride and drive electric, foster public and private relationships, build interdisciplinary teams, advance the American blueprint for transportation decarbonization, and promote managed charging. Applications can be proposed exclusively as planning projects, exclusively as demonstration and/or deployment projects, or as a combination of both planning and demonstration and/or deployment.

NEA Our Town Program, Deadline August 1, 2024.

Placemaking grants program that supports projects which integrate arts, culture, and design activities to strengthen communities. 

HRSA New Access Points Grant, Deadline August 15, 2024.

To support new health center service delivery sites to expand affordable, accessible, and high-quality primary health care for underserved communities and populations.

DOT Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grants Program, Deadline August 28, 2024.

To install level 2 and level 3 electric vehicle charging infrastructure in rural and underserved communities. Minimum request is $500,000.

HUD Indian Housing Block Grant Competitive Program, deadline August 29, 2024.

To develop, maintain, and operate affordable housing in safe and healthy environments on Indian reservations and in other Indian areas and carry out other affordable housing activities. Grant funds must be used to primarily benefit low-income Indian families.

NPS Historic Preservation Fund Underrepresented Communities Grant, Deadline August 29. To diversify listings in the National Register of Historic Places to include communities that are currently underrepresented. Projects include surveys and nominations of historic sites associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register.

DOT Safe Streets and Roads for All Funding (SS4A), Deadline August 29, 2024.

Funds support planning and demonstration activities, as well as projects and strategies to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users, including pedestrians; bicyclists; public transportation, personal conveyance, and micro-mobility users; motorists; and commercial vehicle operators.

USDA Community Facilities Program Disaster Repair Grants,, Until funds are exhausted.

To eligible public bodies, non-profits, and federally recognized Tribes. Grants may cover up to

75% of total project cost. There is no minimum or maximum award amount.

EDA FY23 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs,, Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new PWEAA NOFO.

To meet the full range of communities' and regions' economic needs, from planning and technical assistance to construction of infrastructure.

Planning Ahead

BOR WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase I for FY23,, Deadline September 3, 2024. States, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, local governmental entities, non-profit organizations, existing watershed groups, and local and special districts (e.g., irrigation and water districts, conservation districts, natural resource districts) may submit proposals for Phase I activities to develop a watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and design watershed management projects.

BOR WaterSMART: Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects,, This rolling NOFO has three application submission periods with a final closing on September 30, 2024.

Provides technical assistance to local water agencies for the planning, design, and construction of water reclamation and reuse projects. Projects develop and supplement urban and irrigation water supplies through water reuse, thereby improving efficiency, providing flexibility during water shortages, and diversifying the water supply. These projects provide growing communities with new sources of clean water, which increases water management flexibility and makes our water supply more reliable.

EPA Diesel Emissions Reductions Act Tribal and Territory Grants, Deadline December 6, 2024. For retrofit or replacement of existing diesel engines, vehicles, and equipment with the EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified engine configurations and verified retrofit and idle reduction technologies.

To sign up for the Weekly Grants Advisory from New Mexico's Federal Delegation,

please contact Greg Knadle at:

Work with NCNMEDD! See our

Contract and Employment Opportunities.

Workforce Integration Network (WIN) Mobile Training Unit (MTU)

The WIN Mobile Training Unit (MTU) will bring skilled trades training to remote areas of Northern New Mexico with a focus on apprenticeship readiness and full-time employment via its three-week training programs in rural and tribal communities. Here is the upcoming schedule:

Raton NM: 7/22 to 8/9/2024

Santa Domingo Pueblo: 9/9 to 9/27

  • Location TBC

Be a part of this rare Mobile Training experience!

Schedule a visit to your community here or scan the QR code.

The MTU is in partnership with and operated by the Local Union 412.

To learn more the WIN program, please visit Northern New Mexico Workforce Integration Network (WIN) | Get A Good Job (

In case you missed it!

USDA Grants Help People Repair Homes Damaged in 2022 Forest Fires

Rural Disaster Home Repair Grant Program. Residents in Mora, San Miguel, and Colfax Counties may be eligible for funding of up to $40,675 to repair their homes.

For more information, visit: USDA PROGRAMS