The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2024 (FY24) grants for College Food Security Initiatives at New Mexico’s Higher Education Institutions. The purpose of this program is to address food security and will prioritize initiatives that allow students to have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food at New Mexico’s public colleges and universities. The grant is designed to assist colleges and universities in building essential capacity and infrastructure to create or support efforts that address issues of food security for students, promote wellness, and help outreach to vulnerable people who may experience hunger on a daily basis on their campuses and in their communities. Innovation in addressing food security needs or moving from emergency meals to reliable food options on campus will be prioritized.
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Please submit completed applications via email to Joel Zimmerer, Executive Administrative Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any questions, please contact Nathan Moquino, Director, Indian Education Division, at Nathan.email@example.com or 505-476-8400.
Up to $900,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. The funding will be divided in the following way:
To address the various needs of higher education institutions across the state, FY24 awards will be scaled from $50,000 to $250,000. The $50,000 awards can be utilized by institutions who received a FY23 College Food Security Grant to build and expand upon a previously funded project. The awards up to $150,000-$250,000 must demonstrate a higher education institutions’ ability to build significant capacity for food security initiatives on their campus that support building a hunger-free campus beyond emergency food pantries and toward a sustainable plan for college food security on their campus. An example of this would be to provide community support agriculture boxes or a grocery service at no cost or low cost with in-person or video training sessions or recipe cards to assist students in learning how to prepare and cook meals. Projects that prioritize access to food with high nutrition, preparation curricula, and no or low-cost meals are encouraged. Funding for new food pantries, data initiatives, or convenings will not be approved this year.
The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) will select awardees based on the following:
When submitting your application, please combine all relevant items into one PDF and save the file as “ACRONYMofyourschool/org.FoodSecurity.June2023”
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Patricia Trujillo, Higher Education Deputy Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 476-8400.