Albuquerque’s International District, the most ethnically diverse area in the city, is the main beneficiary of the seventh annual Great Grant Giveaway.
This year’s theme was “Tapestry: A City Woven Together.”
The five organizations being helped are:
• International District Economic Development Center, a workspace for entrepreneurs and small-business owners living in the district. Its $40,825 grant will help fund business development workshops, training, access to capital and marketing support.
• Project Feed the Hood, an education, food and community gardening initiative that partners with International District schools, was granted $39,160. It offers youths the opportunity to farm in school gardens, volunteer at a community garden near the Albuquerque airport and earn paid agricultural internships in the South Valley.
• Artful Life, an arts and community organization dedicated to transforming neighborhoods through collaborative art, received $17,025 to continue its long-term arts and community development project, which involves more than 200 community members and local artists.
• The Innovation Academy, at Innovate ABQ, is designed for students to pursue their interests in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship while completing traditional degree programs at UNM. This group received $18,500.
• Homewise, a nonprofit that addresses issues of foreclosed homes, vacant lots and a large population of homeless people. It received $36,350 to restore abandoned homes in the district and sell them at affordable prices to first-time homebuyers.
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