Siete del Norte Named Finalist for $3 Million Grant from ArtPlace America
Embudo — ArtPlace America announced Siete del Norte as one of 21 finalist organizations from around the nation that have been selected for a $3 million grant. Siete del Norte has advanced from an original pool of 261 applications from around the country to participate in the ArtPlace America Community Development Investments (CDI) program. Six organizations will be chosen from the finalists in August 2015 to receive funds.
“The ArtPlace award would enable us to significantly expand the services we provide for communities in rural New Mexico by incorporating arts and cultural strategies into our traditional economic development initiatives,” said Todd M. Lopez, President of Siete del Norte, a Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.’s (CPLC) affiliate.
Siete del Norte, an affiliate of CPLC, the third-largest Hispanic nonprofit in the nation, has worked for over 40 years to improve the economic well-being of low-income residents of rural New Mexico while seeking to preserve the area’s unique cultural, historical, and social traditions and ways of life. Siete’s programs and investments have created over 1,500 jobs and provided services and training to over 15,000 low-income residents of rural New Mexico.
The CDI is a one-time program that will support place-based organizations with a primary mission of community planning and development to incorporate arts and cultural strategies into their work. The program will provide each organization up to $3 million in grant funding over three years, as well as access to national creative placemaking experts, a team that will look at the deployment of debt capital, a team to advise on federal grant opportunities, and a team that will focus on research and documentation throughout the program.
“We are thrilled with the quality, depth, and breadth of the 261 applications we received for this program from community planning and development organizations across the country,” said ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie Bennett. “The 21 finalists represent extraordinary opportunities to integrate arts and cultural strategies into the work of organizations that serve as long-term stewards for their communities.”
Siete del Norte is part of a diverse finalist pool. The CDI finalists have a wide range of contexts and focuses, from community development corporations to public health organizations to universities working on challenges from housing development to food systems to commercial corridors. Finalists were selected from six defined geographic regions across the country through a review process that included experts in the fields of community development and creative placemaking.
About Siete del Norte
Siete del Norte, a Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) affiliate, is one of 38 independent community development corporations originally funded under the Title VII Act to combat poverty and has worked for over 40 years to improve the economic well-being of low-income residents of rural New Mexico while seeking to preserve the area’s unique cultural, historical, and social traditions and ways of life. Siete administers programs and services for economic development, education, health and human services, housing, workforce development, land and water rights ownership and community protection of local resources. Siete’s programs and investments have created over 1,500 jobs and provided services and training to over 15,000 low-income residents of rural New Mexico.
About Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a community development corporation that provides services in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Since 1969, CPLC has been changing lives by developing self-sufficiency and instilling empowerment in those we serve. Our focus areas are economic development, education, housing, and social services. CPLC provides a better life through offering business and employment opportunities; ensuring everyone has the solid foundation of an education; providing hope through a pathway of recovery, restoration, and resiliency; and ensuring that a safe, secure, affordable home is available to every individual we serve. Today, we have 48 programs & services, 800 employees, and 60 offices, making CPLC the third-largest Hispanic non-profit in the nation and one the leading organizations in Arizona. www.CPLC.org<http://www.CPLC.org>.
About ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration of foundations, banks, and federal agencies that exists to position art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. Visit www.artplaceamerica.org<http://www.artplaceamerica.org> for more information.