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Early childhood group launches grants program


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Early Childhood Education and Care Department Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky announced last week the launch of a new grant program.

The Early Childhood Emergency Response Grants program is intended to fill in gaps that Small Business Administration programs, state funds, and other grants cannot address during the COVID-19 crisis.

Organizations can apply at https://www.nmecfg.org/grants.html.

The program — an initiative of the New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group (NMECFG) — will meet immediate needs pertaining to early childhood during the pandemic, according to a press release issued last week.

Examples of potential grants include, but are not limited to, supplies and materials, personal protective equipment, programming specific to supporting families of young children during the emergency, technology needs and technical assistance.

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Funding decisions will be made weekly by the NMECFG, and grants will be administered by the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Guidelines include:

• Organizations must operate within New Mexico and must hold 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the IRS (or have a fiscal sponsor), or be a federally-recognized tribe.

• Initially, organizations may only submit one application to the Early Childhood Emergency Response Fund.

• Grants will range up to $5,000, with exceptions considered for nonprofits demonstrating substantial reach across a number of early childhood programs.

• Applications may be submitted at any time; the NMECFG will aim to provide a response within a week of submission. Requests not immediately funded may be referred to other funding sources.


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