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«return to newslistNM Counts 2020 Announces Grants for Community-based Census Outreach

Albuquerque, New Mexico | Feb 5, 2020 – 

NM Counts 2020 has awarded a total of $100,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations for community-based outreach to populations most at risk of being under counted in the upcoming 2020 Census.

The funders received 29 proposals, totaling $253,708 in requests. The grants range from $4,000 – $10,000. NM Counts has raised over $1,000,000 for active engagement in a public education campaigns involving Census efforts.

“NM Counts 2020 Funder Group’s latest grant awards maintains the great momentum we have seen throughout New Mexico in mobilizing communities so that everyone is counted,” Nelsy Dominguez, NM Counts 2020 Grant Making Subcommittee Chair and Program Director for Con Alma Health Foundation said. “Nonprofits, Tribal and local partners are the best messengers in conveying the importance of the census.”

To date, NM Counts has awarded 44 grants/contracts to nonprofit groups throughout the state for a total of $520,599 to increase Census participation in hard-to-count (HTC) communities such as African American (AA), Asian American/Pacific Islanders (AAPI), other underrepresented ethnic/cultural populations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+), differently abled individuals, in-state college populations, homeless or migrant populations, veterans, religious minorities and rural, frontier and those living in remote areas.

“Trusted in their communities, [nonprofit and Tribal organizations] are in the best position to address the many barriers hard to count communities face in being able to respond to the census,” Dominguez said. “Working together, in a collaborative grantmaking process, the NM Counts 2020 Funders are pleased to facilitate these endeavors.”

The awardees include:

  • Americans for Indian Opportunity ($10,000 – Focus: Urban Native Americans in Albuquerque/Bernalillo County)
  • La Casa Family Health Center ($10,000 – Focus: in-state college students and patients in Curry and Roosevelt Counties)
  • Mesilla Valley Community of Hope ($10,000 – Focus: homeless populations in Mesilla Valley & Las Cruces/Doña Ana County)
  • Chainbreaker Collective ($7,000 – Focus: transient, homeless and youth populations in Santa Fe County)
  • KWH Law Center ($7,000 – Focus: African American populations in Otero, Sandoval, Valencia and Bernalillo Counties)
  • Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains ($7,000 – Focus: college students, LGBTQ populations and patients throughout New Mexico)
  • East Central Ministries (ECM) ($6,000 – Focus: hard-to-count diverse populations in Albuquerque’s International District)
  • Healthy Futures ($7,000 – Focus: hard-to-count families in Northern Navajo Chapters of Ojo Encino & Torreon)
  • Santa Fe Youthworks ($7,000 – Focus: at-risk youth, young adults and other hard-to-count groups in Santa Fe County)
  • New Hopes Church ($6,000 – Focus: African American populations in Albuquerque/Bernalillo County)
  • Westland Foundation ($6,000 – Focus: hard-to-count African American diaspora communities in Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Clovis, Hobbs, Las Cruces & Roswell)
  • Transgender Resource Center of NM ($5,000 – Focus: Transgender and their families/allies through drop-in center in Albuquerque/Bernalillo County)
  • Capitan Public Library ($4,000 – hard-to-count residents of Capitan/Lincoln County)
  • Lovington Main Street ($4,000 – hard-to-count residents of the City of Lovington)
  • Regional Development Corporation ($4,000 – Focus: hard-to-count residents in the City and Valley of Española including Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblos and Los Alamos County)

About NM Counts 2020
NM Counts 2020 is an outreach campaign supported by a group of New Mexico foundations in partnership with the Census Working Group to help ensure that all New Mexicans are counted in the 2020 Census, especially in the most HTC and reach communities. NM Counts 2020 has distributed funds in three grant rounds in 2019 for immigrants, young children, and Native American population.