Native American Venture Acceleration Fund Awards

Updated: August 10, 2018

2018 NAVAF Request for Proposals is Now Closed

The Fund was created to boost employment and diversify the economy in Northern New Mexico, and will make awards up to $20,000 to tribally owned companies for critical technical services that lead to leveraged revenue, job creation and diversification.

Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the company that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) established the fund in 2011 as part of their investment in the Northern New Mexico economy.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Business enterprise must be at least 51% owned and controlled by a tribal member
  • A tribal member or corporation of the Pueblos of 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 and proposal is for a new line of business or initiative.
  • Cochiti Pueblo Development Corporation, Cochiti Pueblo: to purchase a water metering and billing system for a water conservation program with tiered billing that will save water and increase revenues.
  • High Water Mark, LLC, Cochiti Pueblo: to purchase hardware and software that will support the company’s growth as they work on federal contracts.
  • Jacqueline Gala Jewelry, Taos Pueblo: to purchase a ventilation exhaust to ensure safety and a buffing machine that can be used indoors, allowing year-round production.
  • Jemez Community Development Corporation, Jemez Pueblo: to help with website development and graphic design to raise awareness of the corporation.
  • Native Arts Gallery, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo: to implement an inventory control system and purchase a computer/printer to manage costs and increase revenue, with a view to hiring another employee.
  • R and M Construction, LLC, Santa Clara Pueblo: to fund development of a marketing strategy and website to improve outreach and grow the business.
  • Smoke Signals Peacepipe Production Company, Taos Pueblo: to support an upgrade to the company’s workshop, making production more efficient, and to fund website development that enables online ordering.
  • Taos Pueblo Preservation, Taos Pueblo: to purchase construction material for a shed to protect the organization’s adobe and viga/latilla inventory used for restoration efforts by homeowners and Preservation employees.
  • Tiwa Restaurant and Outdoor Oven Bakery, Taos Pueblo: to purchase kitchen equipment to help share traditional culinary arts, and to improve public spaces around the outdoor ovens.

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2016 Recipients:
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  • High Water Mark, LLC, Cochiti Pueblo: to purchase software and equipment that will enable the company to competitively bid for national federal contracts.
  • Picuris Pueblo Bison Project, Picuris Pueblo: equipment for expansion of Bison Project.

2015 Recipients:
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  • Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Council Inc., Ohkay Owingeh: to develop a marketing strategy for its arts and crafts fairs that support pueblo entrepreneurs throughout the region.
  • High Water Mark, LLC, Cochiti Pueblo: to purchase software that will enable the company to competitively bid for national federal contracts.
  • Poeh Cultural Center and Museum, Pojoaque Pueblo: to develop training programs for area artists and entrepreneurs.
  • R and M Construction, LLC, Santa Clara Pueblo: to purchase equipment and estimating software for its construction projects.

2014 Recipients:
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  • High Water Mark, Cochiti Pueblo, to purchase geographic information operating software.
  • Walatowa Timber, Jemez Pueblo, to develop business and manufacturing plans for timber products and expand into the wood pellet industry.
  • Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, to perform a professional market analysis and develop a housing plan template that can be adopted by Native communities everywhere.
  • Professional Cleaning Solutions, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, to purchase new software for advanced logistics control and inventory management, and to train staff on the system.
  • Tano Services, Pojoaque Pueblo, to develop a federally recognized 8A company.
  • Than Povi Gallery, San Ildefonso Pueblo, to expand their online marketing plan.

2013 Recipients:

  • Cochiti Pueblo Development Corporation, Cochiti Pueblo, to upgrade its accounting system and support the pueblo’s membership in Quality New Mexico.
  • NDN Energy, Jemez Pueblo, to provide lower cost energy to gaming tribes in deregulated states, development of website and print collateral and to develop an advertising plan.
  • Three Eagles Development Corporation, Picuris Pueblo, to provide packaging and bar coding for expansion of a new natural charcoal product.
  • Tano Services Corporation, Pojoaque Pueblo, to purchase computer equipment, invest in new software and website development.
  • Than Povi, San Ildefonso Pueblo, to refine its marketing plan, develop an advertising campaign and to strengthen business relationships with the local hotel industry.
  • Tesuque Flea Market, Tesuque Pueblo, to conduct a comprehensive brand analysis and expand marketing programs statewide.