Community Foundation Recognizes Grant and Luna County Nonprofits


SILVER CITY – The Grant County Community Foundation is honored to announce that nearly $20,000 in grants have been awarded through the foundation’s 2022 grant cycle. Recipients include Future Forge in Silver City, Gila Valley Library in Gila, and Deming Silver Linings and Deming Animal Guardians in Luna County.

The Grant County grants will be awarded at an event beginning at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 19 at Future Forge, 307 E. College Ave. in Silver City. Luna County grants will be awarded at an event beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 20 at DH Lescombes Winery, 7075 Hwy 549 SE, Deming. All are invited to attend.

The Grant County Community Foundation was founded in 2012. Created to help build and sustain a vibrant local community, its mission is to enrich lives through collective action and increase strategic philanthropic giving and financial support to the within the community. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $600,000 in grants in the four county area it serves (Grant, Luna, Hidalgo, and Catron), and helped raise an additional $1.4 million in donations and in matching funds for local nonprofits through its annual Give the Grandly Giving Day event.

Of the 23 grant applications received this year, five grants were awarded to four nonprofit organizations, based on: strength of the proposed project, organizational capacity, anticipated community impact, and feasibility and the project budget.

“We would like to congratulate all of the 2022 grant recipients,” said Bernadette Smyth, executive director of the Grant County Community Foundation.

Future Forge’s $5,000 grant from the LifeQuest Fund will help build a new ADA-compliant bathroom and rail system on the entrance ramp to their newly purchased building on College Avenue in Silver City. Future Forge plans to make its new building 100% ADA compliant by the end of the year.

The Gila Valley Library also received $4,380 from the LifeQuest Fund to replace the library’s handicapped access ramp, bring the library back into ADA compliance, and keep it safe for all who use it, including including young people. The Gila Valley Library serves six unincorporated rural villages in Grant County located along the valleys of the Gila and San Francisco rivers.

In Luna County, Deming Animal Guardians received $2,000 from the Luna County Ranchettes Fund to support its community spaying and neutering program for low-income Luna County pet owners. Deming Animal Guardians has operated this program for 31 years and has sponsored the cost of surgery for nearly 16,000 dogs and cats in Luna County.

Deming Silver Linings received two grants: $10,000 from the Jane Elise Hendricks/Sebert Brewer Fund and $7,956 from the Luna County Ranchettes Fund. These grants will facilitate the updating of their indoor kitchen facilities, which will allow them to continue to provide well-balanced hot meals on a regular basis to those in need; and providing environmentally friendly biodegradable containers for those who need to bring food home, especially on weekends. Not all beneficiaries are homeless, but all are in need.

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