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The City of Albuquerque Distributes $200,000 in Equity Grants

Funding to help community partners improve resources and access to vulnerable communities

Dec. 23

The City of Albuquerque’s Office of Equity and Inclusion and Office of African American Affairs began distributing over $200,000 in grant awards to local nonprofit groups and community partners today. The funding, which was awarded to the City from a W.K Kellogg grant, the New Mexico State Legislature as well as a contribution from the City of Albuquerque Community Safety Department, will serve 39 community partners that are focused on making Albuquerque a more equitable and inclusive City.

“Getting these grants into the hands of our community partners means more resources to lift up our most vulnerable to create a more equitable Albuquerque,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We are grateful for the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the New Mexico State Legislature and the Albuquerque Community Safety Department to make his funding available.”

“The response we received from the community was outstanding,” said Nichole Rogers, Office of African American Affairs Liaison. “The committee had their work cut out for them as all of the applications were very strong and showcased some of the incredible work our community partners are doing to alleviate structural racial inequities.”

Two separate grants are being distributed to 39 recipients, all operating within the city of Albuquerque. Both grants have similar outcomes to eliminate barriers to equity, improve access to jobs, services, and resources for the City’s most vulnerable populations. The Equity Mini Grants focus on communities considered most impacted by structural inequities, including Native American, Hispanic, Black/African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA+, immigrant, refugee, and people with disabilities. The grant distributed by the Office of African American Affairs seeks to specifically address the educational and social inequities impacting the development of Black youth and young adults through direct mentorship and skill sharing.

Key highlights of the work grantees are doing include: developing youth advocacy and leadership skills, youth training, civic engagement, policy research, curriculum building, grassroots organizing and driving economic growth and prosperity through core values of cultural competency, inclusivity, prosperity and collaboration so that all of New Mexico is made stronger.

The City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion is committed to building long-lasting relationships with each applicant over the course of the next year and in years to follow. For a complete list of grantees, please visit our website.