New Mexico Arts
12/01/17 5:00 PM MST
Grants to New Mexico nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Tribes, schools, and IHEs for a broad range of arts programming benefitting public audiences. New applicants are required to submit a proposal draft for review by the October 20 advance review deadline.
New Mexico Arts supports 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). New Mexico Arts supports programs that foster arts education, arts economic development; performing and visual arts, and contemporary and traditional folk arts in New Mexico.
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.
New Mexico Arts recognizes that there are a variety of cultural traditions in the state. Therefore, New Mexico Arts encourages the presentation and expansion of these cultural art forms and of organizations that represent a specific culture and present arts programming relative to that culture.
In the broadest terms. Any organization or individual contracting with New Mexico Arts is required to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As stated in the law, contractors must make “reasonable accommodations” that are “readily achievable” to ensure that all programs, services, and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Such events should also be accessible to the public through provision of adequate notice of the event, proper scheduling of the venue to allow for the greatest number of attendees, adequate parking and signage, and ticket price.
Arts in Social Service:
Arts in Social Service funding supports arts organizations or social service organizations for arts-based projects that focus on addressing social issues with a primary purpose of reaching specific populations (people who are incarcerated, homeless, abused, ill, etc.) or fosters artistic activity that formally encourages civic dialogues on important social issues (the environment, crime, etc.).
Arts Learning in Schools and in Community:
Arts Learning in Schools supports a wide range of programs taking place in K-12 schools either during school hours or during after-school programs. These programs may focus on creative process arts activities, arts activities integrated into other content areas, art history, or arts education professional development. In school residencies with individual artists are also included in this category (note: applicants for residencies cannot be individuals and the applicant must be a charter school, 501 (c) 3 private school, school district, or 501(c)3 organization). In school projects (including residencies) may be short-term, mid-length, or long-term.
Arts Learning in Community supports arts learning for K-12 school-age children outside of a school setting. These programs focus on creative process arts activities or the development of specific artistic skills and take place in 501 (c) 3 arts organizations. (Projects that take place in a K-12 public or a private school should apply in Arts Learning in Schools.)
Organizations whose primary purpose is the education of K-12 school-age students should apply in the Arts Learning in Community category. Examples of these organizations include youth symphonies, teen performing arts organizations, visual arts education providers, and dance institutes. Arts organizations whose primary purpose is not the education of K-12 students may apply for support of specific K-12 education programs taking place in their organizations.
Arts Projects A, B, & C:
Arts Projects A, B, & C funding supports organizations for 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).
Arts Projects funding can be used for a single event or an organization’s entire season, artistic and administrative salary support, and/or general operating support.
The Arts Trails Program is an art and economic development initiative designed to put New Mexico artists on the map and bring the market to artisans and enterprises state- wide. It seeks to provide visibility for New Mexico artists so that they can be productive as artists and increase the sales of their work while continuing to live in their current communities. The trails are a way to market the outstanding quality, vibrancy, and diversity of the arts in New Mexico to the rest of the world, bringing recognition and beneficial economic development to New Mexico communities rich in artistic traditions and expressions.
An arts trail is a series of artists’ studios, galleries, and other related sites within a geographic region (one county to state- wide). The trail may be limited to sites related to one artistic discipline (pottery, fiber arts, glass arts, etc.), or it may be multidisciplinary (open to all artistic disciplines). Sites on the trail must open for business year-round. Marketing materials for Arts Trails may also include restaurant, lodging, and important community historical and/or cultural information that can enhance the visitor’s experience on the trail.
Colleges, Universities, and Government Entities:
Colleges, Universities, and Government Entities funding supports colleges and universities, local and county governments, and Indian tribal government entities for 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).
Eligible applicants include government entities or colleges, universities that demonstrate a commitment to arts program- ming that serves the larger community. New Mexico Arts encourages government entities that serve as a primary arts presenter and/or key provider of arts services in their local community to apply for support. Programs must be marketed and accessible to the general public in addition to students, faculty, and staff.
Colleges, Universities, and Government Entities funding can be used for a single event or an organization’s entire season, artistic and administrative salary support, and/or general operating support.
Community Arts A & B:
Community Arts funding supports arts projects in small organizations whose primary purpose and activities are aimed at serving the general public of the community in which they are located. Community Arts is designed to help small organizations continue, strengthen, and expand current programs and audiences. Any organization’s whose arts projects’ primary purpose and activities are the production and/or coordination of public programs in the performing, visual, media, multidisciplinary, or literary arts may submit a Community Arts application.
Community Arts funding can be for a single event or an organization’s entire season, artistic and administrative salary support, and/or general operating support.
Economic and Entrepreneurial Development:
Economic and Entrepreneurial Development projects and partnerships support the economic development of communities and their artists. Such projects and programs include arts-based cultural tourism activities (such as the support or development of studio art tours), and economic opportunities and training for artists (such as business training and market development).
This program will support activities undertaken by arts organizations, tourism groups, and community development foundations—especially projects in which these groups collaborate—designed to increase tourism or economic opportunities motivated entirely or in part by the arts-related offerings or skills of community or region. The program also supports projects that foster the entrepreneurial skills of artists to support their income-producing ability.
Projects whose primary purpose is the presentation of art or the development of artistic skills should apply in another category.
Local Arts Councils & Service Organizations:
This category supports local arts councils that are incorporated tax-exempt organizations or agencies of government or Indian tribal entities and tax-exempt service organizations that provide services to artists, arts organizations, or in the field of arts education.
Major Cultural Organizations:
Major Cultural Organizations funding supports organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status for 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).
Major Cultural Organizations funding can be used for a single event or an organization’s entire season, artistic or ad- ministrative salary support, and/or general operating support.
Traditional Folk Arts Projects:
Traditional Folk Arts Projects funding supports organizations, Indian tribal government entities, local governments, and universities whose programs further, showcase, and help to perpetuate the various traditional arts practiced in the State of New Mexico.
Folk Arts are the traditional functional and expressive arts passed down informally by people through word of mouth or by imitation within a specific cultural group. Common types of cultural groups include family, community, occupational, ethnic, or religious. Folk Arts reflect the values and worldviews of the groups that make them and are a rich and valuable heritage for all New Mexicans.
GrantWatch ID#: 176339
-Arts in Social Service: Applicants are limited to a maximum request of $15,000.
-Arts Learning in Schools and in Community: Applicants are limited to a maximum request of $20,000.
-Arts Projects A, B, & C: Applicants are limited to a maximum request of $20,000.
-Arts Trails: Applicants are limited to a maximum request of $20,000.
Colleges, Universities, and Government Entities: Applicants are limited to a maximum request of $20,000.
-Community Arts A & B: Applicants are limited to a maximum request of $15,000.
-Economic and Entrepreneurial Development: Applicants are limited to yearly maximum requests of $15,000.
-Local Arts Councils & Service Organizations: Applicants are limited to a maximum request of $20,000.
-Major Cultural Organizations: Applicants are limited to a maximum request of $20,000.
-Traditional Folk Arts Projects: Applicants to Traditional Folks Arts Projects are limited to a maximum request of $15,000.
Activities funded for FY2019 should have a public presentation component that takes place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
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.
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.
Please refer to the funding categories for specific information regarding eligibility.
New Mexico Arts complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil and human rights and must assure that programs, grants, and employment practices are free of any discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age.
Any program or activity receiving state financial assistance through New Mexico Arts must comply with the following federal acts:
-Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
-Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
-The Age Discrimination Act of 1975;
-The Americans With Disability Act of 1990;
-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
-Drug Free Work-place Act of 1988;
-Native American Graves and Repatriation Act;
-OMB Circular A-122, Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations;
-OMB Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations;
-The Anti-Lobbying Provision of 18.I.S.C. Sec. 1913 and 31 U.S.C. Sec. 1352; and
-The Debarment and Suspension provisions of 45 CFR, Part 1154.
Additionally, programs must:
-Compensate performers and related or supporting professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation as defined by the Secretary of Labor and assure that no part of a supported project will be performed or engaged in under working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to the health and safety of the employees involved.
-Complete and sign an Assurance of Compliance Form and a 504 Compliance and Ethnic Participation Form provided in the contract packet.
Funding from New Mexico Arts cannot be used for the following:
-Any events or activities already listed as part of another organization’s application;
-Projects or organizations (including fiscal agents) out- side of the State of New Mexico;
-Investment or contingency funding (i.e., accounts earn- ing interest);
-Direct aid to individuals, including fellowships, scholar- ships, cash prizes, or awards;
-Projects that have already occurred;
-Projects in which school, college, or university course credit is the primary purpose;
-Projects whose main purpose is recreational;
-Projects whose primary purpose is the re-staging of historical events, such as re-enactments, mountain men gatherings, etc.;
-Cost of parties, receptions, fund-raising events, and other social functions;
-Grant writing, solicitation of gifts/services, and donor appreciation programs
-Any food except when food is part of a per diem;
-Negotiated indirect costs;
-Projects in which commissions/ acquisitions of permanent works of visual art are the primary purpose;
-Permanent acquisitions (i.e., buildings or land);
-Capital Improvements, new construction, renovation, or conservation;
-Capital supplies & equipment such as copy machines, musical instruments, electronic equipment, computers, etc.;
-Requests that fund other divisions, foundations, or employees and contractors of the Department of Cultural Affairs or members of the New Mexico Arts Commission;
-National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) direct funds, TourWest funds through the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), and other Federal funds cannot be used as a cash match for New Mexico Arts funded projects.
Applicants are advised to review the grant guidelines for more information about category eligibility and matching fund requirements.
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. Advance review deadline is 5:00 PM MST Friday, October 20, 2017.
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. New Mexico Arts strongly encourages all applicants to take advantage of this service.
A final application must be submitted online no later than 5:00 PM MST Friday, December 1, 2017.
Funding Guidelines and Application:
Artistic Sample Tips:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Jenice Gharib, Grants & Policy Director
Phyllis Kennedy, Program Coordinator
Lilli Tichinin, Program Coordinator
USA: New Mexico