The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration announced the New Mexico Regional Recreation Centers and Quality of Life Grant Tuesday.

During the 2023 Legislative Session, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation appropriating $40 million for projects statewide to plan, design, furnish, equip and construct regional recreational projects that contribute to the quality of life for regional residents.

“This funding has the potential to make a positive impact on the well-being of residents by providing resources to establish or enhance recreational centers, which often become essential focal points within the community,” DFA Cabinet Secretary Wayne Propst said. “We hope local entities across the state take advantage of unique opportunities to create or improve community spaces for social interactions and community engagement.”

Recreational facilities include a community center, a skate park, rodeo grounds, picnic shelters or structures that enhance public-based recreational activities.

DFA’s Local Government Division will host a pre-application webinar to provide information for local government entities interested in applying for the grant from 10-11 a.m. Aug. 23 on Microsoft Teams.

Local government entities can register for the webinar here. 

Applications for the grant open on Aug. 23 and the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

The fund has a reversion date of June 30, 2024.