COVID-19 Response and Resources

Application opens Friday, May 1, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America's economy. New Mexico Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the state to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. As part of this important investment, New Mexico Arts has designed a plan to expedite the distribution of critical funds to help retain as many jobs as possible, as quickly as possible. These funds are intended to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to the organizations that add value to our economy and the creative life of our communities.

This program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible nonprofit organizations, units of government, schools, colleges, universities, and Indian tribal government entities with offices in New Mexico.

All applicants must be previous New Mexico award recipients from the past four (4) years (Fiscal Years 2018-2021; see "Applicant Eligibility" in the full guidelines for more information or review the list of eligible organizations below).

Support is limited to any or all of the following:

  • Salary support, full or partial, for one or more positions that are critical to an organization's artistic mission.
  • Fees for artists and/or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged.
  • Facilities costs such as rent and utilities.

New Mexico Arts intends to make awards that will impact a broad constituency. This includes a wide geographic range and organizations that serve underserved populations such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

Recipients of direct funding from the National Endowment for the Arts from the CARES Act will not be eligible to receive funding from New Mexico Arts. However, we encourage all organizations to apply to all funders whose eligibility requirements they meet.

Recipients of funds from the WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) or in-state sub-grantors (such as the City of Albuquerque) will be eligible to receive funding from New Mexico Arts for distinctly different positions or programs.

Grantees will be required to report on funding received through the CARES Act (see "Administrative Requirements" for more information).

Application Deadline

All applications will be submitted through the New Mexico Arts online grant system which can be accessed via this link and using existing organization accounts:


The application submission deadline is May 15, 2020 at 5pm MT.

Funds will be available after July 1, 2020.

Important Information

FY21 Funding Guidelines
FY21 NM CARES Full Guidelines
List of Eligible Organizations
Budget Form

Q & A Video

Follow the link below for the NM CARES Application Q & A Video from May 6th, 2020.

NM CARES Application Q & A Video