All Together NM Opens Cash Assistance Fund for New Mexicans Impacted by recent wildfires and flooding The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations and the All Together NM Fund are excited to partner with UpTogether to provide one-time cash assistance to New Mexicans, with priority to those who have been adversely impacted by the Calf Canyon and Hermit’s Peak wildfires, the largest fires in New Mexico history.
The New Mexico Cash Assistance Fund application opens on Monday, November 14, and closes at 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 4, 2022. Applications will be randomized for approval once the application window closes. Eligible households will each receive $1,000.
The New Mexico Cash Assistance Fund will focus on the following counties for this program: San Miguel, Mora, Colfax, Lincoln, Sandoval, or Sierra. Applicants from San Miguel, Mora, or Colfax will be highly prioritized. To be eligible, applicants must reside in one of these counties in New Mexico. To apply for cash assistance, click here.
As of June 2022, almost 900,000 acres had burned across the state, including 31 fires greater than 100 acres. Many New Mexican were displaced and grieved the loss of their homes and personal belongings all while trying to rebuild their lives.
“This year was a difficult one for our neighbors, especially those in the north,” said Lisa O’Brien, Taos Community Foundation Director “Partnering with UpTogether to support New Mexicans was important for us to ensure residents are receiving money directly as they start to rebuild.”
“Direct cash assistance supports communities with the relief they need and the flexibility to adapt in a crisis,” said Randy Royster, Albuquerque Community Foundation and New Mexico Community Trust President & CEO. “It also breaks down assistance barriers for New Mexicans who need help now.”
UpTogether centers its work around the strengths and initiatives of people living in financially under-resourced communities and highlights the role social networks play in helping people accomplish their goals faster and achieve long-term socioeconomic mobility.
“This program would have not been possible without the support of local residents, businesses and corporations who donated to the All Together NM Fund,” said Christopher Goett, Santa Fe Community Foundation President & CEO. “With their support, we will be able to give a total of $1,000,000 directly to New Mexico residents.”
Questions about the direct cash assistance program? Visit alltogethernm.org or call 505-988-9715
UpTogether is a community, a movement, and a platform to highlight, invest in and accelerate the initiatives people in historically undervalued communities are taking to improve their lives and move up, together. Learn more at uptogether.org
About All Together NM
The All Together NM Fund was established in 2020 by the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations in conjunction with the Governor’s office to help New Mexico respond to and eventually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund has been used to address immediate needs and offer long-term support for the recovery work that continues to lie ahead.
The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations includes Albuquerque Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, Los Alamos Community Foundation, New Mexico Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, and Taos Community Foundation. Donate and learn more at alltogethernm.org