The New Mexico Foundation has granted $710,680 in emergency grants from our Vecino, Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund to nonprofits and tribes that support communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since spring of 2020, we have raised $818,440 and made approximately 149 grants for a total of $599,412, providing funding for food, water, and other needs.

The New Mexico Foundation is pleased to launch a third round of grantmaking through our Vecino, Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund. In this round, the Foundation will award grants to New Mexico organizations addressing any emergency needs in their communities resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. For example, grant funds can be requested for food, water, emergency supplies, utility and rental assistance for clients, and support for domestic abuse survivors. Organizations may also apply for general operating support if applicant is doing work to address the pandemic. Please note that New Mexico Foundation will not review applications until January 2022.

Featured below are two recent Vecino fund receipients.

Deming Silver Linings Board President providing lunch for community distribution.
Many Mothers volunteer Ellen Morris Bond distributes diapers to families.

Deming Silver Linings is a small non-profit that operates through a board, director, and team of dedicated volunteers. With a small operating budget and big goals, their mission is to reach and serve the homeless population in Luna County.

Funds Deming Silver Linings received from the Vecino grant enabled them to increase and expand the variety of the free hot meals program, and serve those facing food insecurities or those who are unable to prepare hot, balanced meals.

Support from New Mexico Foundation’s Vecino Fund allows Many Mothers to continue their Farm-to-Families program, which was first launched in May 2020 as an emergency response to COVID-19. Many Mothers ensures families with babies 0-12 months have their basic needs met.

Each family also receives two large boxes filled with staples such as local milk, meat, eggs, butter, organic fruits and vegetables, and whole-grain bread.

The New Mexico map below shows the number of  Vecino Fund COVID-19 grants served in each county from April 2020 through August 2021. The pie chart shows the percentage for each category of funding that was awarded to organizations.