Bernalillo County has joined an elite group of U.S. counties that has received a 2011 NACo Achievement Award. The county competed against dozens of counties with populations over 500,000 for recognition of its new Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program. NACo is an acronym for the National Association of Counties (NACo), headquartered in Washington, DC. It is a non-profit organization that represents more than 3,000 counties to the White House and Congress.
The Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program was created and proposed to the Board of Commissioners by District 2 Commissioner Art De La Cruz. It dedicates $100,000 each fiscal year to support self-initiated neighborhood association improvement projects such as community health education, a summer music series, and anti-graffiti efforts. Neighborhood associations apply and compete for mini-grants ranging from $500-$10,000.
“Local government has an obligation to facilitate, support and empower the efforts of our residents via neighborhood associations--to help them work for the betterment of our communities,” says De La Cruz.
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