Seed money available for small businesses

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By The Staff

Self Help Inc, a locally-based non-profit dedicated to assisting those residing in Northern New Mexico since 1969 has up to $1000 “seed money” available to individuals and small businesses seeking skill improvement, equipment and resources to further their businesses and enhance financial self-reliance.  

The seed money is provided by Self Help to parties chosen through an application process and approved by our board of directors.  Those residing in Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Southern Taos and Northern Santa Fe counties are eligible to apply.  There are no set deadlines, but rather applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  All applications will be thoroughly read and reviewed.  To obtain an application please contact the Self Help office in Los Alamos at 662-4666.

Past recipients of seed money have included Amy Quirke of Intergalactic Bread Company, a locally-based baker who increased her output and sales at local farmers markets through Self Help’s grant.  

Another success is Chimayo artist Liz Gold, who used her seed money to purchase a printer capable of printing large-size photographs which she could sell for profit.  

“They believe that, instead of giving handouts, it’s important to give people the tools to raise themselves out of poverty,” Gold said.  

Self Help focuses on enhancing an individual or family’s life skills and promotes self-reliance.  We believe that anyone, when given sufficient means to use their skills, can become economically self-reliant.

In September 2004, Self Help won Santa Fe’s Pinon award for exemplary non-profit service.  

Aligning our organization with our mission, we make every effort to use contributions and grants in the most cost effective way possible.  Self Help only has one paid staff member and is supplemented by volunteers.  We want our funds to help those in need.


Ellen Morris is the executive director for Self Help Inc.