Outside rec initiatives obtain $2M+ in state funding


The Outdoor Recreation Division of the New Mexico Department of Economic Development has awarded more than $2 million to 20 projects statewide through its Outdoor Recreation Trails+ grant, according to a press release.

This is the second round of scholarship funding this year, with the first round being awarded in June earlier this year. That makes 35 projects funded through this EDD grant this year, totaling nearly $5 million in investments.

According to the press release, the funds will primarily be used to expand outdoor access and expand the state’s outdoor recreation economy through local and regional projects.

As per the state guidelines for the outdoor grant, there are two tiers – tier one focuses on local projects and has a $100,000 grant cap, while tier two focuses on regional projects and has a $500,000 cap.

“Outdoor recreation was identified early on by Governor (Michelle) Lujan Grisham as an opportunity to diversify New Mexico’s economy and create jobs and more opportunities for rural communities,” EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said in a statement. “We are now seeing that all parts of the state are benefiting from these initiatives, with 65% of the projects announced today supporting rural or tribal communities.”

Recipients who received funding in the second round are:

  • City Springer – $300,000
  • City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department, Open Space Division – $295,000
  • Zuni Youth Enrichment Project – $99,999
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps – $99,999
  • Pueblo of Acoma – $99,999
  • Healing America’s Heroes (financial sponsor is Village of Capitan) – $99,999
  • Albuquerque Mountain Bike Association – $99,999
  • City of Alamogordo – $99,000
  • Taos Land Trust – $99,000
  • Taos Academy Charter School – $96,000
  • Rio Grande Return – $94,078
  • Santa Fe Fat Tire Society – $93,000
  • Ghost of Hidalgo – $92,000
  • City of Clovis – $80,000
  • New Mexico Wildlife Federation – $71,958
  • Los Alamos District – $65,000
  • Aldo Leopold Charter School – $51,450
  • City of Sunland Park – $29,084
  • Audubon Southwest – $25,000
  • Sandoval County – $25,000

The state will award another round of grant funding this fall as it works with approximately $2.2 million in funding for the year, the press release said.

“Trails+ proposals reflect the passion and dedication of New Mexico’s community leaders who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the people and communities they serve,” said Kathy Whiteman, director of the Center for a Sustainable Future and outdoor programs, in a statement.

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