NM CARES

COVID-19 Response and Resources

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognized that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America's economy. Via the CARES Act, New Mexico Arts awarded funds to 42 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. These funds are intended to help support 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 is being 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. The application process was highly competitive, peer reviewed, and awardees accepted by the New Mexico Arts Commission. Enough funding was available to fund only 32% of the total applicants.

New Mexico Arts made awards that impacted a broad constituency. This included 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. One-third of the funding went to organizations based in rural communities.

You can see the full list of awardees here: NM CARES Final Awardees

NM CARES panelists biographies can be found here: NM CARES Panelist Biographies

FY2021 NM CARES Invoices

All NM CARES invoices and final reports will be prepared and submitted on our Foundant GLM online grants management system. To submit your invoices, you will use the same account you used to submit your application. Please do NOT create a new account.

After your NM CARES arts services contract is fully executed and purchase order approved, your organization's project director will receive an email from the system letting him or her know that invoices are now available.