Spotlight on Our Community – April 2019

April 2019

Member Spotlight

We love to highlight members and community stakeholders in our Cooperative Network and showcase their great work across the community!  This month, we highlight network member, SINC, who, along with South Valley Economic Development Center, are programs of Rio Grande Community Development Corporation.  Today, we meet Courtney Rich.  

South Valley Economic Development Center has been supporting health economic development in the South Valley of Albuquerque since 2005.  R

Tell us a little about you and your organization!

I am the Programs Manager for the SVEDC. We are the economic development division of the Rio Grande Community Development Coporation. The SVEDC incubates small businesses in the Food Industry and Non-Food Industry. I was a former small business owner that started and operated a USDA manufacturing facility.

What kind of funding do you typically look for? Are you running into any barriers in securing that funding? What element of The Grants Collective is helping you overcome that barrier?

We look for funding that is community oriented and socially impactful. Areas of focus with regards to grants are ecosystem builders, social enterprise initiatives, manufacturing, agriculture, and economic solutions for small to medium food and farm producers. Barriers are, in essence, the name of the game in grant writing/receiving – it’s never a guarantee. The Grants Collective screens grants for New Mexico on its online grant seeking tool, which is tremendously helpful.

What advice/suggestions would you give local nonprofit organizations (or other agencies) that are looking for funding?

Understand that funding can be one time, so building a sustainable model from the begining is the key to longevity. Also, the importance of an experienced grant writer and a dependable and reliable evaluator so that progress is documented clearly and with statistical output.

Please sum up The Grants Collective in one sentence or phrase.

Huge resource for all non-profits; it allows the ‘hunt’ for grants to be streamlined, which is hugely helpful and important to small non-profit teams. The Collective allows for a sounding board for nonprofits as well enables the networking and open dialogue between nonprofits to take place, which is priceless.

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5/38:30a-10a Capacity Builders Breakfast
If you help nonprofits build their capacity through funding, board development, strategic planning, evaluation, etc., then bring your breakfast and join us at our office for a casual event to network, find out what others are doing, and align efforts. 

5/10 11a-12p Member Connect
Cooperative Network members can now join an online chat to ask questions about their grant proposals, prospecting, and anything grants related.  To join the chat, just log-in to the platform at 11a on 5/10.  

5/15 11a-11:45a Tour of the Online Platform 
Having trouble finding the right grant for your mission? Check out our free online tour at 11a, to discover how the Cooperative Network can help you with your grant seeking. Register for the event and you’ll receive access to the webinar!  

5/16 8:30a-9:30a Brown Bag Luncheon: Takeaways from the NGMA Conference
Bring your lunch and join us for a conversation about our takeaways from the recent National Grants Management Association Conference. Experts from The Grant Plant, Erin Hielkema and Cecily Peterson will lead the session.  This event is $10 for nonmembers and free for Cooperative Network members.  Members can contact Robert Nelson for the discount code at  

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Join The Grants Collective for a 3-day workshop where you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of grant seeking from New Mexico based grant professionals and trainers. You’ll receive hands-on guidance through project-based learning, interactive exercises, and a customized workbook to use and refer to as you work on future grant proposals. After registration,you will also receive a one year membership to The Grants Collective’s Cooperative Network – where you are part of a community of grant professionals and can receive peer and expert advice, access to our database of funding opportunities (customized for New Mexico), and free attendance at select future events.