Welcome to the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments website! FRONT PAGE NEWS - Updated January 6, 2014
The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments is dedicated to assisting members in Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties achieve their goals and visions by providing training, technical assistance, and access to resources.
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One month until the February 3 National Trust Preservation Funds deadline!
Grant from the National Trust Preservation Funds encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for planning and education projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by private and public sectors.
Grants range up to $5,000 and require a dollar-for dollar match. Full eligibility requirements and grant guidelines, along with a link to our application, can be found at http://www.preservationnation.org/funding.
Application are now being accepted for our February 3, 2014 deadline. If you have any question please contact the grant office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-588-6277.
USDA Announces the Value-Added Producer Grant
$10.5 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants to help agriculture producers enter into value-added activities to give them a competitive edge.
The funding is made available through the Value-Added Producer Grant program. Grant are available to help agriculture producers create new products, expanding marketing opportunities, support the further processing of existing products or goods, or to develop specialty and niche products. The funds must be used for working capital and planning activities. The maximum working capital grant is $200,000; the maximum planning grant is $75,000.
Eligible applicants include producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and agricultural producer groups. Funding priority is given to socially disadvantaged or beginning farmers or ranchers, and to small to medium size family farms or farmer/rancher cooperatives.
Exciting Opportunity for Businesses to Expand in the Middle East
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to Lead Infrastructure Business Development Mission to the Middle East March 8-14, 2014
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead a senior executive Business Development Mission to the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) of United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar from March 8-14, 2014.
The mission will highlight export opportunities for the U.S. businesses in three leading industry sectors with an emphasis on project management and engineering (including construction, architecture, and design), renewable energy (solar, wind, waste-to-energy), smart grid and energy efficiency, and environmental technologies (including water/ wastewater, air pollution control, and waste management).
Business Development Missions organized by the Department of Commerce provide a unique opportunity for businesses interested in exploring export opportunities overseas. Participating U.S. companies will meet with prescreened potential partners, agents, distributors, representatives, and licensees. the agenda will also include meetings with high-level national and local government officials, networking opportunities, and country and industry briefings.
If you are a business interested in participating in the upcoming business development mission or if you know of a business that might be interested please refer to the mission website at: http://www.export.gov/GCCMission2014 to apply.
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