CARES Act

The ADDITIONAL CARES Business Continuity Grant funding of $100 million from the recent Special Session will be administered through the New Mexico Finance Authority. They are communicating the application will open at noon on Monday, December 7th. You can see more information and submit the application via their website: https://www.nmfinance.com/cares-continuity-grants/. If you have other questions, you can call them at 505-992-9696 or email them at cares@nmfa.net.

The CARES Act Provides Assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act provides for payments to State, Local, and Tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund.

The U.S. Treasury has made payments from the Fund to States and eligible units of local government; the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories (the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands); and Tribal governments (collectively “governments”).

The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses that—

1.      are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);

2.      were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and

3.      were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.

Guidance on eligible uses of Fund disbursements by governments is available below.

CARES Act Guidance:

Tribal Government Information:

Local Government Information:

NM Small Business Continuity Grant Information: 

Please contact your local government entity for instructions on how to apply for the NM Small Business Continuity Grant​

CARES Act Program Manager Contact Information: 

(Please contact via email as most of the CARES Act Team are teleworking from home.)​

Wesley Billingsley             Tribal, Local Government, Business Continuity Grant               505-827-3884     
Carmen Morin  Tribal & Local Government 505-827-4797
Chandler Kahawai Tribal Government 505-476-1610
Shawntae Barela Tribal Government 505-827-4784
David Buchen Local Government 575-815-9114
Maxx Hendren Local Government 505-469-2910
Erica Cummings Local Government 505-469-3085
Cristina Martinez Local Government 505-469-1922
Stephen Martinez​ Local Government 505-470-7980
John Myrick​ Local Government 505-469-1945
Sandra Ortega Local Government 505-469-2228
Anita Medina Local Government 505-469-2541
Ryan Serrano NM Small Business Continuity Grant 505-827-4125

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