Programs: Emergency Grants


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Native American Relief Fund

About the Native American Relief Fund 

This fund provides emergency grants to tribal communities and organizations to bring food, water, and other emergency supplies to some of the hardest-hit families and communities impacted by COVID-19 across the Navajo, Apache, and Pueblos of New Mexico.

The New Mexico Foundation, in collaboration with the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Thornburg Foundation, and other funders, launched The Native American Relief Fund to help get resources to the communities most in need. In the first round of grants on May 22, 2020, $575,000 was distributed equally to the 23 Tribes, Pueblos and Nations located wholly or partially in New Mexico.

This fund will continue to help our Pueblo and Tribal communities respond to the incredible challenges posed by responding to COVID-19, including helping to get critical supplies of food, water, and other supplies to families. The New Mexico Foundation is proud to host this fund and work with our Tribal, state, and philanthropic partners to help ensure we can get critical resources to communities and support their long-term recovery and resilience.

Why This Relief Fund and Your Help Are Desperately Needed 

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting tribal communities in uniquely challenging ways and many of our communities are facing urgent needs in accessing food, water, medical supplies, and household items. A number of communities are experiencing the rapid spread of COVID-19, including parts of the Navajo Nation and several Pueblos including Zia, Zuni, and San Felipe, leading to emergency situations on the ground. Many communities are far from urban centers and lack easy access to basic supplies, making emergency response extraordinarily difficult and further putting families at risk.

Fundraising Goal: $3 million for the Native American Relief Fund

Please help now by donating, click here to donate

Checks can also be mailed to New Mexico Foundation, 8 Calle Medico, Santa Fe, 87505 (in care of Native American Relief Fund)

The Native American Relief Fund Is No Longer Accepting Applications

If you applied for a grant through the Native American Relief Fund, you will be notified of decisions the week of June 22.

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