Bernalillo County: State Capital Outlay Funding
The New Mexico Department of Finance in conjunction with the State Attorney General’s Office directs New Mexico’s capital outlay grant program. Key information points around the capital outlay program include:
- Capital outlay funding refers to “bricks and mortar” projects with a lifespan of 10 years or greater and does not refer to an agency’s operational funding.
- Nonprofit efforts to secure capital outlay funding from the State Legislature for construction projects or equipment purchases requires a local government entity, such as Bernalillo County, to be the grant recipient and own the capital improvement.
- The State of New Mexico will only award these capital outlay appropriations to Bernalillo County if the County agrees to accept the funds, in a formalized contract, and administer capital outlay funding on behalf of the County taxpayers and the nonprofit.
- The State and County requires any appropriation to a nonprofit be approved and adopted into the County’s Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP); which the Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) adopts annually in late August.
- The possibility of Bernalillo County agreeing to accept grant funds on behalf of a nonprofit will be decided in July 2019 and presented to the BCC at an August Administrative meeting for inclusion on Bernalillo County’s next ICIP.
- Bernalillo County incurs financial, administrative, procurement, and legal liabilities and responsibilities when public funds are accepted for nonprofit projects.
- The State requires the County to budget existing tax dollars from Bernalillo County to pay for the project first. The State then determines if the project costs are eligible for reimbursement with capital outlay to the County.
- Bernalillo County will charge the nonprofit a 3% overhead/administrative fee that cannot be paid with the grant appropriation.
Note: To help nonprofits learn more about the process of requesting State capital outlay funding, Bernalillo County is offering a video and Power Point presentation. These presentations will review the procedures to secure capital outlay funding from the New Mexico State Legislature at the Legislative Session, which begins in January 2020. See links below to access these presentations.
Amount: Not specified.
Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations.
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