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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Governor Lujan Grisham, DFA Announces $150 Million in Grants to Support New Mexico Local Governments

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Department of Finance and Administration on Tuesday announced $150 million in CARES Act grants to local governments across New Mexico to cover the cost of necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency.

“The pandemic has been devastating for all of us, not least local governments and small businesses across our state,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “My administration will continue to deliver whatever resources we have and can make available to help our communities maintain essential services and respond to the public health emergency. Every applicant received funding. No one gets left behind. There is still more to do, and together we will continue fighting this virus with everything we’ve got.

The Department of Finance and Administration received 83 local government applications for $100 million made available for local governments and 66 applications for $50 million made available for small business grants via local governments. 

Applications were open to almost all of New Mexico’s local governments, excluding only the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, which received CARES Act funds directly from the federal government. 

The Department of Finance and Administration scored applications based on criteria related to local government revenue lost due to expenses made responding directly to the health crisis. The total amount requested exceeded the funds made available by the federal government; awards were therefore prorated based on need as articulated by the entity’s application. All requests for amounts less than $50,000 for direct local government grants were awarded in full.

“DFA has vast experience in scoring applications and scoring them fairly,” said Acting Finance and Administration Secretary Debbie Romero. “We were able to complete an expeditious and equitable process, and we’ll keep working with local governments all across the state to make sure these essential funds get out the door.”

The awards for direct local government grants are as follows:

Entity – Award Amount

City of Alamogordo – $486,726

Village of Angel Fire – $447,932

City of Anthony – $50,000

City of Artesia – $2,661,982

City of Aztec – $218,750

City of Bayard – $556,661

City of Belen – $67,500

Town of Bernalillo – $2,233,332

City of Bloomfield – $284,375

City of Carlsbad – $90,113

Catron County – $67,500

Chaves County – $537,500

Cibola County (joint application, City of Grants, Village of Milan) – $403,125

Village of Cimarron – $8,500

Town of Clayton / Union County (joint application) – $958,456

City of Clovis – $240,061

Colfax County – $50,000

Village of Columbus – $126,692

Village of Corrales – $350,000

Village of Cuba – $35,000

Curry County – $157,717

City of Deming – $148,500

Dona Ana County – $1,400,000

Village of Eagle Nest – $86,000

Eddy County – $50,000

Town of Edgewood – $50,000

City of Elephant Butte – $50,000

City of Española – $1,197,517

Town of Estancia – $19,429

City of Farmington – $1,181,250

City of Gallup – $918,581

Grant County – $118,125

Guadalupe County (joint: City of Santa Rosa, Town of Vaughn) – $109,375

Harding County – $50,000

City of Hobbs – $928,125

Town of Hurley – $20,000

Town of Kirtland – $1,000

City of Las Cruces – $7,104,802

City of Las Vegas – $2,401,443

Lea County – $50,000

Lincoln County – $63,334

City of Lordsburg – $16,894

Incorporated County of Los Alamos – $656,250

Village of Los Lunas – $53,750

Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque – $50,000

City of Lovington – $176,341

Luna County – $173,051

Village of Maxwell – $11,000

McKinley County – $16,125,000

Mora County – $10,000

Town of Mountainair – $50,000

Otero County – $168,750

Village of Pecos – $16,000

City of Portales – $109,375

Quay County – $152,550

Village of Questa – $67,500

City of Raton – $655,075

Town of Red River – $50,000

Rio Arriba County – $1,131,511

City of Rio Rancho – $11,931,686

Roosevelt County – $50,000

City of Roswell, City of – $5,556,250

City of Ruidoso Downs – $9,700

Village of Ruidoso – $2,787,792

San Juan County – $2,042,500

San Miguel County – $214,463

Sandoval County – $253,125

Village of Santa Clara – $50,000

Santa Fe County – $10,506,939

City of Santa Fe – $17,580,958

Sierra County – $50,625

Town of Silver City – $489,375

Socorro County – $45,000

City of Socorro – $242,061

Sunland Park – $77,656

Taos County – $525,000

Village of Taos Ski Valley – $97,875

Town of Taos – $1,023,223

Village of Tijeras – $67,500

Torrance County – $116,594

Town of Springer – $8,808

City of Tucumcari – $13,221

Valencia County – $437,500

Total: $99,830,299


The grant awards for small businesses via local governments are as follows:

Entity – Award Amount

City of Artesia – $1,065,000 

City of Aztec – $1,198,125

City of Bayard – $93,188

City of Belen – $117,150

Town of Bernalillo – $1,128,900

City of Bloomfield – $153,573

City of Carlsbad – $1,151,798

Catron County – $74,550

Chaves County – $337,750

Cibola County, City of Grants, Village of Milan – $2,023,500

Village of Cimarron – $18,638

Town of Clayton / Union County – Joint application – $639,000

City of Clovis – $4,260,000

Colfax County – $117,150

Village of Columbus – $186,375

Village of Corrales – $255,600

Village of Cuba – $32,802

Curry County – $322,163

City of Deming – $186,375

Dona Ana County – $3,039,750

Village of Eagle Nest – $78,278

Eddy County – $931,875

City of Espanola – $426,000

City of Farmington – $1,447,500

City of Gallup – $2,130,000

Grant County – $93,188

Guadalupe County, City of Santa Rosa, Town of Vaughn – $1,351,963

Harding County – $22,365

City of Hobbs – $658,969

Town of Hurley – $27,956

Town of Kirtland – $93,188

City of Las Cruces – $5,440,188

City of Las Vegas – $323,920

Lea County – $530,750

Lincoln County – $18,638

City of Lordsburg – $335,394

Los Alamos County, Incorporated – $1,065,000

Village of Los Lunas – $335,475

Los Ranchos de Albuquerque – $1,006,425

City of Lovington – $131,794

Luna County – $239,625

McKinley County – $2,412,500

Mora County – $11,183

Town of Mountainair – $74,273

Otero County – $1,688,750

Village of Pecos – $13,792

Quay County – $372,750

Village of Questa – $47,925

City of Raton – $718,875

Town of Red River – $213,000

City of Rio Rancho – $465,733

Roosevelt County – $239,625

City of Roswell – $1,351,000

Village of Ruidoso – $1,171,500

San Juan County – $1,061,500

Sandoval County – $965,000

Santa Fe County, City of Santa Fe, Edgewood – $3,799,688

Sierra County – $292,875

Town of Silver City – $359,438

Socorro County – $26,093

City of Socorro – $198,090

Taos County – $292,875

Town of Taos – $479,250

Village of Tijeras – $11,183

City of Tucumcari – $27,956

Valencia County – $579,000


Total: $49,963,725


Expenses were outlined explicitly in the application process to ensure they matched CARES Act requirements dictated by the federal government. New Mexico would be held liable for refund payment to the federal government should an expense not fit the specific requirements. The Department of Finance and Administration developed application questions to help ensure such repayment is not necessary.


The following are eligible expenses for local government grants:

  • Small business continuity grants 
  • Child care assistance
  • Purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) required to conduct government business
  • Expenses incurred to mitigate the spread—sanitizing, public service announcements
  • Public health and safety personnel costs 
    • Senior programs, corrections, police, fire and EMS

The following are eligible expenses for small business grants:

  • Business continuity: 
    • Non-owner employee payroll
    • Rent
    • Scheduled mortgage payments
    • Insurance
    • Utilities
    • Marketing
  • Business redesign: 
    • Reconfiguring physical space
    • Installing plexiglass barriers
    • Purchasing web-conferencing or other technology to facilitate work-at-home
    • PPE for employees
    • Temporary structures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

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