The Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium (LANL MSC), in partnership with New Mexico Community Foundation and Los Alamos National Security, has awarded grants totaling $70,000 to five nonprofits doing economic development work in Northern New Mexico.

The 2018 grant recipients:
Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute (Santa Fe): To provide professional development opportunities—including training in marketing and branding—to farmers so they may improve all aspects of their businesses.

Reunity Resources (Santa Fe): To hire additional staff to expand its farming operation at the former Santa Fe Community Farm site in order to sell and donate produce to local hunger efforts.

Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (Española): To improve the facility’s classroom space and dye kitchen in response to their continued growth. The center offers dye workshops, equipment rental, consignment sales, and other valuable resources to Northern New Mexico fiber artists.

WESST (Santa Fe): To provide artists from New Mexico’s eight northern pueblos with assistance in packaging, pricing, promoting, and selling their artwork.

Los Alamos Institutes’ projectY cowork Los Alamos (Los Alamos): To provide training to Los Alamos County businesses so they understand the importance of tourism to the region and how to enhance visitors’ experiences.

Created in 2006, LANL MSC is a collaboration of 36 Los Alamos National Laboratory major 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. The LANL MSC grants support projects or initiatives that collaborate within their communities to create synergy, grow jobs, and strengthen the economy.

Between 2006 and 2018, LANL MSC has awarded more than 47 grants totaling more than $600,000 to 20 different organizations. The LANL MSC grant application typically opens in June and grants are awarded in October.