Apply for a Grant

Apply for a Grant

Current Guidelines and Application

All New Mexico Arts new and returning applicants — excluding Folk Arts Apprenticeships — will use the online grants system to prepare and to submit an application.

Returning grantees and applicants will use the same log-on and password (If you have a question about your log on, please contact your New Mexico Arts program coordinator. Do NOT create a new account in the system.) New applicants will need to create an account in the system.

Current Funding Guidelines

Applicant Tutorial

Advance Review

The deadline for Advance Review Applications is 11:59 pm MT, October TBD.

An Advance Review is offered prior to the final deadline to help applicants improve their applications and to check for mistakes that might cause ineligibility. If an applicant was declared ineligible or did not receive funding in the past year or has not applied to New Mexico Arts in the past two years, an Advance Review is required. In addition, New Mexico Arts Program Coordinators may require some organizations to submit an Advance Review based on past applications. Failure to comply will disqualify those organizations from submitting a Final Application in December. New Mexico Arts strongly encourages all applicants to take advantage of this service. To complete an Advance Review, applicants must complete and submit an online application.

An Advance Review by New Mexico Arts does not guarantee funding.

Panel Evaluation Criteria and Scoring Guide by Funding Category

Please see the guide for your funding category for guidance on how review panelists consider applications for funding based on New Mexico Arts Panel Evaluation Criteria.

  • Creative Support Funding Arts Projects, Community Arts, Major Cultural Organizations; Colleges, Universities, & Government Entities evaluation criteria
  • Arts in Social Service evaluation criteria
  • Traditional Folk Arts Projects evaluation criteria
  • Arts Learning: In Schools & In Community evaluation criteria
  • Local Arts Councils & Service Organizations evaluation criteria
  • Final Application Deadline is 11:59 pm MT, December TBD

Panel Reviews

New Mexico uses an online grants system for all applications and support material, panel review and evaluation, and grant agreement reporting. Panelists review and score applications and artistic samples online; and enter their review comments. The panel review period is scheduled for the month of March. The panel rankings will be posted on the NMA website within ten business days of the panel review period. The panel rankings will be presented to the Planning and Budget Committee of the New Mexico Arts Commission for funding recommendations in May. Final approval of funding recommendations occurs at the meeting of the full New Mexico Arts Commission in June. Successful applicants will receive a contract package in June/July. Applicants not recommended for funding will receive a letter.

Panelists and Panel Reviews


All invoices and final reports will be prepared and submitted through our online grants management system. To submit your invoices, please use the same account you used to submit your application. Please do NOT create a new account. Please access your account here.

When your grant agreement is fully executed and a purchase order is approved, your organization’s project director will be notified that invoices are now available. Please read the invoice guide in the link below to navigate submitting your expenses for reimbursement.

Misc. Forms & Documents

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