Request for Proposals for the
NATIVE AMERICAN VENTURE ACCELERATION FUND
The Regional Development Corporation in partnership with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LLC and the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department seeks to further the development of tribally held businesses in Northern New Mexico as a way of creating jobs and diversifying the economy.
Purpose: The Native American Venture Acceleration Fund will make awards to tribally owned companies for critical technical services that lead to increased revenues and employment for the company. Awards will be made on a competitive basis and are intended to provide services to tribal business entities that will allow the company to diversify revenue, leverage other investments, create new jobs and have systems in place that lead to growth.
Award Size: Up to $30,000.
- Native American owned business enterprises in which a tribe or tribal member has at least a 51% share or stake.
- A tribal member or corporation of the Pueblos from Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Santa Clara, Pojoaque, Taos, San Ildefonso, Tesuque, Cochiti or Jemez.
- Company must be located in the counties of Sandoval, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, San Miguel, Mora, Rio Arriba or Taos.
- Entities which have been awarded in the past are eligible to apply again as long as the company successfully completed prior awards.
Awards may be used to procure specialized services for the company which will lead to increased revenues and employees. For example, a company may need to develop a website to increase sales or may need a consultant to help select, install and train their staff on specialized accounting software required for federal government contracting. The RDC will work with the providers agreed upon by the grantees such as accountants, business consultants, marketing experts or others to provide the services a tribal company needs. Cash awards will not be made directly to awardees.
Deadline: Proposals must be received no later than 5pm, October 25, 2013.
To apply for Native American VAF funding, download the application in PDF: (Native American VAF RFP.pdf) or as Word document: (Native American VAF RFP.docx) Instructions to apply are included in the document. Please read carefully.
For more information about the Native American Venture Acceleration Fund, please contact: Kathy Keith at 505-220-7085, or firstname.lastname@example.org.