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The FY22 application cycle for the Rural Pathway Program will be open from August 23, 2021 through May 1, 2022.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
The Rural Pathway Program is composed of two complementary programs: the Rural Pathway Tourism Incubator and the Rural Pathway Grant. The purpose of the Rural Pathway Program is to provide technical assistance to tourism stakeholders within New Mexico in developing viable tourism products by providing the necessary tools, resources, and support, and to provide matching funding to tourism stakeholders within New Mexico to support the implementation of viable tourism products.
The Rural Pathway Tourism Incubator is geared towards tourism projects in the idea stage. The Tourism Incubator provides a series of workshops to guide the project’s Steering Committee in developing the project idea and in preparing it for funding. At the end of the workshop process, the NMTD team will then help the Steering Committee identify suitable funding opportunities for the project, to which the Steering Committee will then be able to apply on its own.
The Rural Pathway Grant provides up to $50,000 in 1:1 matching funds for already-developed tourism projects which are ready for funding.
The Rural Pathway Tourism Incubator and Rural Pathway Grant applications can be found at nmtourism.smapply.io. Full application content can be previewed on this website in the Resources section for each program. A how-two webinar for using the application platform is also available in the Resources sections.
The guidelines documents for the Rural Pathway Tourism Incubator and Rural Pathway Grant contain comprehensive program information. They can be accessed on the Resources sections for each program, along with an informational webinar about the Rural Pathway Program. Program-specific FAQ pages are also available on the website.