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Quality of Life (QOL) Grant Program

Grants to New Mexico Nonprofits, Schools, Tribal Organizations, and
Religious Organizations to Improve Services for Individuals with Disabilities

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New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability (GCD)

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05/29/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $15,000 to New Mexico nonprofits, schools, tribal organizations, and religious organizations to improve the quality and quantity of services provided to individuals with disabilities. Focus areas include social integration, technology training, artistic business support, and accessible technology. Funding is intended to improve the quality of life of New Mexicans with disabilities.

Applications may be submitted to address one of four categories:

Technology Training Provide basic technology training using smartphones and computers for individuals with disabilities in rural areas and/or on tribal lands. This should include the use of basic smartphone features and the use of the computer for searching the internet, writing documents, accessing email, and paying bills.

Accessible Technology Updating, upgrading, and/or adding software in order to make technology accessible for individual consumers with disabilities. Priority will be given to rural areas or tribal lands of the state. These updates/upgrades may include adding all or a combination of the following: screen reader software to computers used by the public, reading pens for print materials, tablets with accessible software/apps used for services or communication, software to add captions or provide transcripts for videos, speech recognition software to fill out digital forms for the hearing impaired or paying IT developers to make your website accessible.

Artistic Business Support Guidance and support for individuals with disabilities to use creative artistic talents to provide income. Preference will be given to programs in rural areas and/or on tribal lands. Must include the development of entrepreneurial business plans to allow consumers to earn income. This may include projects in visual and performing arts such as jewelry, beadwork, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, music, and writing poetry.

Social Integration Expanded or enhanced social community events to include individuals with disabilities through digital platforms focused on integration. This shall include groups consisting of individuals with and without disabilities. Digital platforms may include YouTube, Facebook Live, Skype, or Zoom events that involve participation as a group.

For eligible expenses, see pp. 7-8 of the Application Packet in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181228

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum QOL grant per recipient shall be no greater than $15,000. Applications with lesser amounts are encouraged. GCD will negotiate the final award amount.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. All projects must be completed by June 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify, grant applicants must:
- Be a New Mexico non-profit organization.
- Provide programs for, or provide services to, people with disabilities.
- Be tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code, including non-profit (501 (c)(3)) organizations, schools, religious organizations, or Tribal-based organizations.
- Provide an official copy of tax-exempt status.

Programs that are subsidiary programs of a larger non-profit organization may apply. The application should specify that the program is part of a larger organization that holds non-profit status. The non-profit certificate of the parent organization should be included in the application.

Tribal organizations that are part of a sovereign Native American government are eligible to apply. In the place of the required non-profit status certification in the application, these organizations should submit a letter from the president of the applicable Native American government certifying that the organization is part of the tribal government.

Ineligible Expenses:
- QOL grants are not awarded for routine operating costs or costs associated with starting a new program or delivering a new service.
- Indirect costs (”Facilities and Administration”) are not allowed under the QOL Grant Program. This includes salaries and benefits, travel for executive and administrative staff, rent, utilities, etc.
- Grant funds may not be used to replace existing funding for on-going operating costs.
- QOL Grant funds may not be used for sub-contracting or stipends for consultants without prior approval by GCD Management.
- Food and beverages for meetings and events as well as out-of-state travel are non-allowable costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- April 1, 2020: Grant application period opens
- May 29, 2020, 5:00 PM: Grant application period closes
- June 12, 2020: QOL applicants notified of grant award status
- August 17, 2020: First monthly report due
- June 1, 2021: All QOL grants must be completed
- June 15, 2021: Final report and invoice must be submitted to GCD

Due to COVID-19 and the public health emergency, applications and all required attachments must be submitted by fax or by e-mail. Hand-delivered applications will not be accepted at the Governor’s Commission on Disability’s office.

An organization may submit only one application.

Actual expenses will be reimbursed with the submission of a receipt.

For more information or assistance, contact Guy Surdi.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

By fax materials must be sent to:
Guy Surdi, Quality of Life Grant Program Coordinator: (505) 827–6328

By E-mail materials must be sent to: Place "Quality of Life Grant Application" in the subject line.

Guy Surdi, Program Coordinator
Governor’s Commission on Disability
491 Old Santa Fe Trail,
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Toll-free: 877-696-1470
Phone: 505-476-0420

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