Funding Opportunities

Technology & Manufacturing (TEAM) Fund

The Regional Development Corporation (RDC) seeks to sustain and further develop businesses in Northern New Mexico by offering no-interest loans to technology and manufacturing-based companies to assist with job creation and diversify the region’s economy.

Purpose:  The Regional Development Corporation’s Technology and Manufacturing Fund (TEAM) Fund offers no-interest loans to technology (creators) and manufacturing companies on an annual basis. The fund supports growth-oriented companies who are on track to add jobs, grow revenues, and attract additional funding/investment.  These companies have already secured or have a way to secure matching funding needed from another source.  Companies selected for this award do not give up any equity by accepting funding, and are not required to provide collateral or a personal guarantee.

FreeABQ10.png

Important Dates: The application process for the next round of TEAM funding opens February 15, 2022 and closes at 5 pm on March 15, 2022.  Potential applicants must attend a mandatory virtual TEAM Fund Information Session on March 1, 2022 at 10 am.

 

Award Size: Up to $20,000.00. 

 

Eligibility: The eligibility criteria for 2022 are as follows: Technology* or Manufacturing business of any size or at any stage may apply. Proposals relating to gaming, tobacco, or illegal activities will not be funded. Priority will be given to those not previously awarded.

 

To be eligible applicants must: 

  • Be a for-profit company with a business license and a business bank account.

  • Be headquartered in Sandoval, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, San Miguel, Mora, Rio Arriba, or Taos county 

  • Demonstrate that matching capital has been secured within the past 6 months or will be secured before the award is received. Time invested in the business or “sweat equity” does not qualify towards the financial match.

  • Have a specific project in mind with well-defined goals and tasks that can be completed within 6 months from the contract date.

  • Submit a TEAM Fund application on or before the published deadline

*Note: “technology” implies that the company’s revenue comes from technology innovation (often protected by trade secret, “know-how” or intellectual property), NOT that the company uses technology or provides a non-proprietary technology service such as web development.

Award Guidelines: Funds are awarded through a competitive process. Applications must be submitted before the deadline and will be scored by an independent review panel. TEAM funds are not available for general development work, general working capital (examples: inventory, rent, utilities) or salaries. Instead, each proposal must describe a needed project that will advance the commercial progress of the company, increase revenues, and/or add jobs and the funding request must detail the products, services, or specialized equipment and costs needed to complete the project. Full or a partial amount of the total funding request may be awarded. If awarded, payment is not made upfront, but is only made once purchases are approved and completed.

  

Selection Process:  Proposals that meet the eligibility requirements will be evaluated by an independent review panel of local and regional business experts. Proposals will be evaluated on their potential to create new jobs, increase or diversify revenues for the company, and demonstrate that matching funds have been or will be secured.

How can I apply for funding?

A sample application will be available for download on this page on February 15, 2022.  Potential applicants  must register for and attend a virtual TEAM Fund Information Session on March 1, 2022 at 10 am in order to apply.  A link to the online application will be sent to those that attend the information session.

Note:  Award size, eligibility criteria, and award guidelines are subject to change.

For Questions:  email info@rdcnm.org 

*Note: Eligibility and award guidelines are subject to change.