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New Mexico Arts (NMA) Grants

Grants to New Mexico Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, Schools,
and IHEs for Arts Programming to Benefit Public Audiences

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New Mexico Arts (NMA)

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12/04/20 5:00 PM MST


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Grants to New Mexico nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, schools, and IHEs for a broad range of arts programming to benefit public audiences. New applicants are required to submit a proposal draft prior to submitting the full application. Funding is intended to support programs that foster arts education, arts economic development; performing and visual arts, and contemporary and traditional folk arts in New Mexico.

Funding is intended to support arts activities in the following discipline areas: performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, media arts, multidisciplinary arts (involving more than one artistic discipline), and interdisciplinary arts (relating two or more artistic disciplines).

Any organization that receives funding from New Mexico Arts should have a public presentation component during the contract period. Examples of public presentations include exhibitions, publications, screenings, lectures, or performances. All public presentations must be open and accessible to the general public.

Funding Categories:

  • Arts in Social Service
  • Arts Learning in Schools and in
  • Arts Projects A, B, & C
  • Arts Trails
  • Colleges, Universities, and Government
  • Community Arts A & B
  • Economic and Entrepreneurial Development
  • Local Arts Councils & Service Organizations
  • Major Cultural Organizations
  • Traditional Folk Arts Projects

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GrantWatch ID#: 176339

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum request of $20,000:
-Arts Projects
- Major Cultural Organizations
- Colleges, Universities, and Government Entities
- Arts Learning in Schools & Community
- LAC and SO Category

Maximum request of $15,000
- Community Arts
- Arts in Social Service
- Traditional Folks Arts Projects
- Economic and Entrepreneurial Development
- Arts Trails

Term of Contract:

Activities funded for FY2021 should have a public presentation component that takes place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Due to contract requirements most funded programs take place between August and May.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, units of government, schools, colleges, universities, and Indian tribal government entities with offices in New Mexico are eligible to apply. New Mexico based organizations wishing to apply that are not one of the above may enter into a fiscal sponsorship with a nonprofit organization. If using a Fiscal Agent, a formal agreement between the agent and the applicant is required.

Please refer to the funding categories for specific information regarding eligibility.

Applicants to New Mexico Arts do not have to be arts organizations, however individual artists may not apply. As long as applicants can satisfy eligibility requirements, they are welcome to apply. For example, in some communities, non-traditional applicants may be the only organizations qualified to apply, such as chambers of commerce, historical societies, etc.

Ineligible expenses can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join New Mexico Arts staff for a Q&A session covering the FY22 Funding Guidelines and application. Staff will be holding two Zoom meetings to discuss changes and to answer your questions. Please see dates and times below.

Join Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 PM Mountain Time:
Meeting ID: 828 3899 1852
Passcode: zXr9sE

Join Zoom Meeting: Thursday Oct 1, 2020 10:00 AM Mountain Time:
Meeting ID: 897 6922 1625
Passcode: zXr9sE

Pre-Application Information:

- The application must be completed and submitted online by the published deadline of 5:00 p.m. MST December 4, 2020.
- All applicants are encouraged to submit an Advance Review. All new applicants are required to submit an Advance Review by the published deadline of 5:00 p.m. MST October 16, 2020. New applicants must contact New Mexico Arts program staff to determine if the proposed program meets the eligibility requirements of a funding category.
- The Planning and Budget Committee of the Arts Commission reviews funding recommendations in May, and forwards its recommendations to the full Arts Commission, which meets in May/June for final review and approval.
- Applicants are notified in the summer. A letter is sent to applicants not recommended for funding. Contracts are prepared and mailed to successful applicants.

NMA cannot reimburse programming expenses until the arts services contract has been approved by the State Department of Finance and Administration. Most funded programs occur in August–May.

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.

Applicants are required to have a DUNS number, which can be acquired for free at

New Mexico Arts Program Coordinators are available to guide applicants through the application process. Please contact the coordinator listed for the category.

Applicants can apply in only one category, except those applying in Arts Trails.

Funding for all categories must include a 50% match by the applicant organization, at least half of which must be cash.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Call 505/827-6490 or 800/879-4278 (instate) to verify eligibility.

Jenice Gharib, Grants & Policy Director
Arts Trails, Economic & Entrepreneurial Development, Local Arts Councils & Service Organizations

Phyllis Kennedy, Program Coordinator
Arts Education; Arts in Social Service; Colleges, Universities, & Government Entities

Lilli Tichinin, Program Coordinator
Arts Projects, Folk Arts, Accessibility

Maggie Hanley, Program Coordinator
Major Cultural Organizations, Community Arts

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