PERMACULTURE FUND

The 2021 application is now open. Deadline: noon, June 25, 2021. See below for instructions.

Created in 2018, the Permaculture Fund was established to support innovative ecological, community building, and sustainable living projects that strengthen cultural connections to the land and nature for people of all ethnicities, ages, and walks of life. New Mexico Foundation is pleased to offer this grant opportunity focused on supporting permaculture-based environmental work throughout the state.

In 2020, NMF granted $103,708 in funds to the following six organizations’ projects.

Taos Land Trust, Taos County – $20,000
To develop regenerative agriculture skills and leadership among young Taoseños. These young leaders are building demonstration and pollinator gardens, a food forest, a heritage orchard, and more, at Rio Fernando Park, using permaculture practices that can be shared with the whole community.

Bernalillo County Senior and Social Service, Bernalillo County – $17,208
To enhance and implement urban agriculture and programs at the following project sites; First Nations, East Central Ministries, Immigrant Refugee & Resource Village of Albuquerque, La Jardin Verde Community Garden, and Van Buren Middle School. Project implementation at each site includes soil remediation, establishing trees/shrubs/perennials, irrigation set-up and construction of raised beds.

La Semilla Food Center, Doña Ana County – $20,000
To bolster ecologically-sustainable agriculture through the creation of a Chihuahuan Desert Food Forest at La Semilla Community Farm. Project apprentices are learning design methodologies incorporating Chihuahuan desert nurse and companion planting and microclimate creation to build interactive foraging spaces that serve as a locus of resilience. They are promoting agroecological practices specific to our desert region through education and resource sharing with small acreage farmers.

Anthony Youth Farm, Doña Ana County – $20,000
To utilize agroecological principles at the youth farm as well as increase people and food system resiliency in low-income communities in southern New Mexico. The project supports 12 Youth Farm graduates through the “Groecology Training & Mentorship Program”. The goal is to help build 12+ backyard food gardens and inspire an intergenerational movement of rural community members to rebuild their relationship with food.

The Quivira Coalition, Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties – $20,000
To conduct compost trials at Santa Ana Pueblo and on the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute campus and provide outreach through soil health workshops with tribal stakeholders. Students and community members are implementing Healthy Soil Principles to promote sustainable agriculture. They are showcasing compost in both crop and rangeland contexts to deepen connections among the growers across diverse food systems.

Northern Youth Project, Rio Arriba County – $6,500
To train an Agriculture Programs Coordinator in southwest permaculture practices. The grant supports the organization with building berms, planting edible perennials, utilizing the acequia to bring water downhill using erosion-free “Flow Forms” created by art participants, enhancing composting systems, and developing a humanure for composting.

Instructions

Click on the link below to apply for a grant. Please note that you will NOT be able to save your application and come back to it. We recommend you answer the proposal questions in a word document, then copy and paste the responses into the online application. If you do not receive an email confirmation after you submit, or for questions, please email edavila@newmexicofoundation.org

May 17, 2021: Grant application opens

June 25, 2021 (noon): Grant application deadline

Mid-August: Applicants notified about grant decisions

September 2, 2021: Grant year begins