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Community Foundation awards $166,000 in grants to 16 southern New Mexico organizations


The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM) has awarded $166,000 to 15 organizations in the 10-county region of southern New Mexico the nonprofit serves, including many in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County.

Here are some of the awards from CFSNM partners, according to CFSNM:

  • Western Sky Community Care (a health insurance provider, www.westernskycommunitycare.com) awarded a total of $25,000. Grantees included Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico, for its Food Sustainability and Farming Co-Op Program (Cultivando Sueños) “to improve the quality of (lives) of farmworkers”; and Vamos Niños (www.sharenm.org/ngage-nm/vamos-ninos-childrens-museum), for a mobile children’s museum and family resource center to serve “neighborhoods with limited early learning opportunities” in Doña Ana County.
  • Devasthali Family Foundation (created by Ammu and Rama Devasthali in 2011 to support arts, education and the fight against child hunger in southern New Mexico), awarded $32,000. Grantees included Casa de Peregrinos emergency food program for its Children's Summer Food Program; Cruces Creatives makerspace nonprofit to create a participatory mural in downtown Las Cruces; El Caldito Soup Kitchen to help provide food for the hungry; Jardin de los Niños childcare and education for young children struggling with homelessness and their families for an anti-hunger and wellness program; and

NMSU Foundation, Inc. for the 53rd New Mexico State University Jazz Festival, Nov. 10-11, 2022.

  • CFSNM’s Wellness Fund awarded $97,000 to 11 organizations, including Jardin de los Niños, Casa de Peregrinos, Mesilla Valley CASA, Soroptimist International of Las Cruces (SILC), Southern New Mexico Foster Adoption Ministry (SNMFAM) and the NMSU Foundation.

The grant to Mesilla Valley CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will be used to “recruit, train and support high-quality volunteers to advocate for the best interest of babies, children and teens in foster care.” The grant to SILC will help fund its Live Your Dream award program, which provides cash awards of $500-$2,000 to support women pursuing post-secondary education or training. The grant to SNMFAM, headquartered in Las Cruces, will help pay for art and academic enrichment for children impacted by foster care.

Contact CFSNM at 575-521-4794 and info@CFSNM.org.

 Visit https://communityfoundationofsouthernnewmexico.org/.

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico