Great Grant Giveaway benefits 5 nonprofits - Albuquerque Journal

Great Grant Giveaway benefits 5 nonprofits

US Eagle employees, from left, Stacie Perea, Laura Atencio, Stephanie Tercero and Danielle Silva. US Eagle was one of the companies presenting gifts to Albuquerque Community Foundation's 7th Annual Great Grant Giveaway. (Courtesy of The Albuquerque Community Foundation)
US Eagle employees, from left, Stacie Perea, Laura Atencio, Stephanie Tercero and Danielle Silva. US Eagle was one of the companies presenting gifts to Albuquerque Community Foundation’s 7th Annual Great Grant Giveaway. (Courtesy of The Albuquerque Community Foundation)

Albuquerque’s International District, the most ethnically diverse area in the city, is the main beneficiary of the seventh annual Great Grant Giveaway.

bright spotFive nonprofit organizations will share $151,860 donated by the giveaway, which is sponsored by the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

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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