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LANL group gives $70K in grants to 5 nonprofits

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium, in partnership with New Mexico Community Foundation and Los Alamos National Security, has awarded a total of $70,000 in 2018 grants to five economic development nonprofits in the northern part of the state.

bright spotThe recipients are:

• Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute, for professional development, including training in marketing and branding to farmers.

• Reunity Resources in Santa Fe, to hire more personnel to expand its farming operation at the former Santa Fe Community Farm site to support local anti-hunger efforts.

• Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, to improve classroom space and a dye kitchen to support continued growth.

• WESST operation in Santa Fe, to deliver support to artists from New Mexico’s Eight Northern Pueblos with assistance in packaging, pricing, promoting and selling artwork.

• Los Alamos Institutes’ “projectY cowork Los Alamos” in Los Alamos, to provide training to Los Alamos County businesses so they understand the importance of tourism to the region and how to enhance visitor experiences.

LANL MSC is a collaboration of 36 major LANL subcontractors that pool funds to support economic development projects serving the counties of Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Mora, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos, as well as the Pueblos in those counties. Between 2006 and 2018, LANL MSC has awarded more than 47 grants totaling more than $600,000 to 20 different organizations.