Addressing College Hunger Initiative Request for Applications (RFA)

Fiscal Year 2022 Funding Application: Addressing College Hunger at New Mexico’s Public and Tribal Higher Education Institutions


The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2022 titled Addressing College Hunger at New Mexico’s Public and Tribal Higher Education Institutions Grant. The purpose of this program is to address food insecurity and initiatives that address hunger at New Mexico’s public and Tribal higher education institutions. The grant is designed to assist colleges and universities build essential capacity and infrastructure to create or support efforts to address issues of food insecurity for students, promote wellness, and help outreach to vulnerable students who may experience hunger on a daily basis.

Available Funding

A total of $100,000 will be awarded. Five (5) individual grants of $20,000 will be awarded.

Eligible Applicants
  1. Public, post-secondary, higher education institutions or Tribal colleges in New Mexico.
  2. Non-profit organizations that work with college students and/or public or Tribal higher education institutions to address food scarcity issues.
Application Timeline 
RFA ReleasedWednesday, October 27, 2021
Application DeadlineMonday, December 20, 2021 
Application ReviewJanuary 17, 2021
Award Notifications IssuedJanuary 31, 2021
Evaluation Criteria

The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) will select awardees based on the following:

  1. Alignment of proposed activities with the purpose of the grant;
  2. Cost of service relative to need and cost efficiency;
  3. Track record of work with student populations;
  4. Demonstrated commitment to addressing one or more areas of the six criteria in the framework for a “Hunger-Free Campus Designation.”  The six criteria are:
  • Campus has an established on-campus food pantry or partnership with a local food bank to provide regular, on-campus food distributions;
  • Campus provides information to students on SNAP and other programs that reduce food insecurity;
  • Campus partners with any local farms, non-profit organizations, or supports a campus farm to provide fresh food;
  • Campus holds or participates in at least one hunger awareness event per academic year;
  • Campus has an established emergency assistance grant that is available to students; and
  • Campus has an established hunger task force that meets a minimum of two times per academic year.
Grant Period

March 15, 2022 – March 15, 2023