News Release

July 20, 2015
PNM Awards Almost $500,000 for Community Projects

Grants Awarded across New Mexico to Create Vibrant Communities


Albuquerque: The PNM Resources Foundation announced today the recipients of almost $500,000 for the PNM Power Up Grant Program. Grants ranging from $9,000 to $20,000 were awarded to twenty-seven nonprofits throughout New Mexico to fund projects that build vibrant communities.

"The PNM Resources Foundation is dedicated to helping building vibrant communities in New Mexico," said Diane Harrison Ogawa, executive director of the PNM Resources Foundation. "We are proud to partner with these organizations who are working to build stronger communities." 

Projects range from building youth sports fields, to increasing wheelchair accessibility to creating gathering space for communities. Nonprofits from all over New Mexico submitted more than 80 applications. Following are the projects the PNM Power Up Grant Program will fund for the enjoyment of New Mexicans:


  • Tularosa Basin Historical Society - $20,000 for restoring the Plaza Building.


  • A Park Above, Inc. - $20,000 for developing a park in Rio Rancho.
  • Albuquerque Academy - $19,648 for building a Desert Oasis Teaching Garden Welcome Center.
  • Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum - $19,950 for building an open air observation and sustainable seating space.
  • Center of Southwest Culture - $20,000 for installing community inspired banners on Central Avenue between Wyoming and San Mateo.
  • Environmental Education Association of New Mexico - $20,000 for helping the Tijeras Creek Remediation Project use resilient methods of managing storm flows and plant systems.
  • Kirtland Youth Association, Inc. - $20,000 for the Play Area Revitalization Project in Kirtland.
  • Media Arts Collaborative Charter School Foundation - $19,996 for a green space in the Highland District.
  • Mountainside YMCA - $10,002 for developing a community garden space.
  • New Mexico BioPark Society - $19,000 for improving three garden stop areas at the Zoo.
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps - $20,000 for creating a community garden and interactive outdoor classroom at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
  • Savila Collaborative - $20,000 for building a community table that will bring food, land, water and people together.
  • Tricklock Company - $15,000 for building a parquito (a small, park-like space) in front of Tricklock Company's Performance Laboratory and The Box Performance Space.


  • Union County Historical Society - $20,000 for transforming the vacant lot next to the Museum into an outdoor space for public events.


  • Sherman Family Charitable Foundation - $20,000 for shade trees, places to walk and sit, and a covered pavilion at "Rabbit" Park.


  • Four Corners Economic Development Foundation - $17,183 for creating a Mercado in Aztec.
  • Navajo Preparatory School, Inc. - $20,000 for rehabilitating the Hogan, a significant home for public gatherings, teaching and social events.

Las Vegas

  • Friends Of The Las Vegas City Museum And Rough Rider Collection - $19,890 for landscaping at The City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection.


  • SPIRIT of Hidalgo - $20,000 for transforming a vacant lot next to City Hall into a green space for public or private use.

Santa Fe

  • Audubon New Mexico - $20,000 for ADA accessible trails at the Randall Davey Audubon Center.
  • Railyard Stewards - $11,958 for the first large-scale urban Native Bee House and three smaller ones in Santa Fe's Railyard Park.
  • Santa Fe Boys and Girls Club - $20,000 for an outdoor recreation space including a playground, basketball court and athletic field.
  • Youthworks - $19,548 for productive learning for disconnected youth delivering a community outreach project to support low-income families with the creation of PNM vegetable grow boxes.

Silver City

  • Fort Bayard Restoration and Development Coalition - $9,058 for two lighted gateway signage stations identifying the community of Santa Clara as the "Gateway" to Fort Bayard.
  • Life Quest, Inc. - $19,690 for transforming an unused site into an outdoor space with a photographic art installation, mini library, native landscaping benches and shade structures.
  • Silver City Museum Society Corporation - $20,000 for an exhibit in the Museum's courtyard.

With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving more than 500,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit

In 1983, PNM shareholders created the PNM Foundation as a separate, nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation governed by a board of trustees comprised of PNM employees. In 2005, with the acquisition of First Choice Power and Texas-New Mexico Power Co., the foundation expanded its' scope to include parts of Texas. No customer funds are part of the PNM Resources Foundation endowment. For more information, visit