COVID-19 Emergency Grants


The Grant Plant is deeply concerned about our nonprofit community as we all navigate new challenges in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This webpage is meant to provide grant-related resources for New Mexico nonprofits. We will continue to update this as resources and information become available. If you have a resource to add, please email us.

COVID-19 Emergency Grant Opportunities for Organizations in NM

Albuquerque Community Foundation and United Way of Central New Mexico: Supports nonprofit organizations struggling with lost and non-recoverable revenue expenses due to COVID-19. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations located in the Greater Albuquerque Area. Amount: $500 – $5,000.

All Together New Mexico Fund: Addresses immediate needs in New Mexico communities, including: procurement of food and medical and cleaning supplies for at-risk communities; support for childcare workers who are supporting our front-line employees; and grants to address income insecurity among smaller businesses and employees affected by COVID-19 disruptions. Eligibility: Not provided. Amount: Not provided.

City of Albuquerque Arts & Culture Project Recovery Fund: Provides funds for Albuquerque arts and cultural nonprofit organizations to continue to creatively provide arts and cultural programming for the community and employment for artists through June 30, 2021. Eligibility: Albuquerque-based, non-institutionally aligned, non-governmental, non-profit organizations whose missions are to employ artists and provide arts and cultural programming for audiences based primarily in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Amount: $300,000 is available for grants ranging from $2,500-$15,000 each. Deadline: April 14, 2020.

Community Foundation of Southern NM and United Way of Southwest New Mexico: Supports nonprofit organizations in the region that experience a loss of funds due to the ongoing COVID-19 health pandemic. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations serving Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra, Otero, Grant, Lincoln or Luna counties, with an organizational budget at or below $500,000. Amount: Not provided.

El Paso Community Foundation: Helps people and nonprofits in the foundation’s region deal with the financial pressures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations that serve the El Paso, southern New Mexico, and the Ciudad Juárez region. Amount: Not provided.

Los Alamos Community Foundation: Provides rapid response support to nonprofits that are severely impacted by the crisis, prioritizing those on the front lines of COVID-19 response. Eligibility: Nonprofits situated in and serving Los Alamos or Rio Arriba Counties. Amount: Not provided.

McCune Foundation: Provides emergency funding, prioritizing support of collaborative efforts that provide relief to communities suffering pronounced impacts from the COVID-19 crisis, as well as projects that will accelerate recovery after this crisis subsides. Eligibility: New Mexico nonprofits involved in a collaborative effort. Amount: Not provided.

New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group: Provides grants intended to address critical gaps in services that affect infants, toddlers, and their families during this uncertain time. Grants will be prioritized for organizations meeting immediate needs pertaining to early childhood during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility: Organizations that operate within New Mexico and hold 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the IRS (or have a fiscal sponsor), or federally-recognized tribes. Amount: Up to $5,000, with exceptions considered for nonprofits demonstrating substantial reach across a number of early childhood programs.

PNM Resources Foundation: Provides funds to nonprofits that are served by PNM or Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP) with programs working to increase community safety. Preference will be given to organizations that implemented COVID-19 programs for the community’s most at-risk senior population. Amount: $10,000 – $50,000. Deadline: April 2, 2020.

Santa Fe Community Foundation: Addresses the critical gaps in services during the coronavirus pandemic. The Foundation will first support nonprofits focused on health/wellbeing and food insecurity. As more funding becomes available, it will consider making support available to nonprofits providing other kinds of services. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations or those with a fiscal sponsor operating in Santa Fe or northern New Mexico. Amount: $500 – $5,000.

Taos Community Foundation: Provides flexible resources to complement the work of public health officials and local government and expand the community’s capacity to address all aspects of outreach as efficiently as possible. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations or those with a fiscal sponsor that are located to serve the people of Taos and western Colfax Counties. Amount: Not provided.

COVID-19 Emergency Grant Opportunities – Nationally

De Colores Rapid Response Fund: Helps small, grassroots organizations respond to the cultural, social, and economic challenges posed by COVID-19 by providing funds for quick, short-term delivery to hot spots of opportunity for organizing in marginalized urban and rural communities. Eligibility: Coalitions, organizations and non-501(c)(3) groups; organizations with budgets under $250,000 receive priority. Amount: $500-$1,000.

Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation: Provides emergency grants to help organizations immediately respond to the surge of demand for essential services from people directly impacted by COVID-19. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Amount: $5,000 – $25,000.

Emergent Fund: Provides funding for emergent strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions and for efforts seeking long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts. Funds will go to organizations that (1) are mobilizing to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities; (2) are utilizing power-building strategies including but not limited to digital organizing, membership development and outreach, narrative development, direct action; and (3) are led by communities of color. Eligibility: Grassroots organizations. Amount: Not provided.

National Credit Union Association: Provides grants and loans to low-income credit unions to: provide assistance to schools with children in need, including providing breakfast and lunch; provide assistance to elderly members needing food and medication delivery services; offer rental, mortgage, and utility payment assistance to members such as entrepreneurs, small business owners, and hospitality and service industry employees; offer loan payment relief to affected members; develop a new product or service for affected members, such as offering preloaded cards; or cover costs associated with moving credit union operations to remote locations: laptops, software, and short-term rentals. Eligibility: Federally insured, low-income-designated credit unions. Amount: Loans have a maximum award of $250,000 and will mature in three years. There will be no interest rate applied to loans awarded under this initiative throughout the full term of the loan. Grants have a maximum award of $10,000. Deadline: May 22, 2020.

No Kid Hungry: Provides emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need. Eligibility: School districts and community organizations that provide nutrition programs in their communities. Amount: Not provided.

Peace First: Provides mini-grants to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated. Eligibility: Young people between the ages of 13-25. Amount: $250.

PetSmart: Funds are available to support authorized designated responders providing relief during large-scale natural disasters including response to COVID-19. Funds are aimed toward support of rescue, relief, response, and recovery efforts of owned pets. Eligibility: Authorized designated responders such as the organization designated as a responder by the Office of Emergency Management at the city, county, state, or federal level as well as animal welfare and human services organizations if the support is to provide shelter to keep people and pets together. Amount: Not provided. Past grants have averaged approximately $10,000 each.

Resist: Provides rapid response grants for social justice organizations working in the frontlines for social change. Grant requests are reviewed three times per week. Eligibility: Organizations that have budgets under $150,000 and have 501(c)3 status as determined by the IRS, are a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency, or be sponsored by one of the above. Amount: $1,000 each.

The Pollination Project: Provides rapid-response funds for projects in one of the following three categories: direct response; community resilience; and moving activities into the virtual realm. Eligibility: Any project that fits within their guidelines; note that there is no funding for organizations with paid staff. Amount: Not provided. Past funding averages approximately $1,200 each.

The Red Backpack Fund: Provides funding to support female entrepreneurs –including those leading nonprofit organizations– in the wake of COVID-19. The fund is set up by Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation. Eligibility: Majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues less than $5M, at least one additional paid employee, and fewer than 50 individuals on staff. Businesses must be in good standing and incorporated as a legal entity, and be able to demonstrate that the Covid-19 pandemic is causing hardship. Amount: One thousand grants of $5,000 each.

Williams Foundation: Focuses primarily on COVID-19 emergency response, food insecurity, health and human services, and K-12 distance learning solutions for public schools. The Foundation also will match Williams’ employees contributions. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations, first responders and K-12 schools in communities where Williams operates. Amount: Not provided; the company has pledged $1 million to the fund.

COVID-19 Federal Grant Opportunities*

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response: To support tribal public health emergency response to COVID-19, the CDC is providing funding to carry out public health emergency response activities. This funding and future funding is intended to carry out surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications, and other preparedness and response activities for COVID-19. Eligibility: Federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations that contract or compact with the Indian Health Service under Title I and Title V of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, or consortia of these tribes, or their bona fide agents. All federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, consortia of federally recognized tribes, or their bona fide agents are encouraged to apply to be considered for subsequent funding to carry out public health emergency response activities in response to COVID-19. Amount: $40 million is available for up to 574 grants. Grants will range from $25,000-$1,500,000 with the average grant anticipated to be $70,000. Deadline: May 31, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. CDC plans to review applications and issue awards as applications are received. Anticipated award dates are approximately 10 calendar days after application receipt, up to June 10, 2020.

Department of Justice – Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program: The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses, and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers. Eligibility: States, U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments that were identified as eligible for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program are eligible to apply under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program solicitation. Amount: Allocations by jurisdiction are available on the Department of Justice website. New Mexico jurisdictions are eligible for up to $3,391,930. Deadline: May 29, 2020.

National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act Grants: The National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. Grants will be made either to organizations for their own operations, or to designated local arts agencies, eligible to subgrant, for subgranting programs to eligible nonprofit organizations. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations including arts organizations, local arts agencies, statewide assemblies of local arts agencies, arts service organizations, units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities or tribes, and a wide range of other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts Endowment and this program. All applicants must be previous National Endowment for the Arts award recipients from the past four years. Amount: Operating grants will be awarded for a fixed amount of $50,000. Designated local arts agencies eligible to subgrant may request $100,000 or $250,000; of these amounts, up to $50,000 of the Arts Endowment grant funds may be used for their own operations and/or the administration of subgranting programs with the remainder to be subgranted. Deadline: April 22, 2020.

Small Business Administration 7A Loans/Forgiveness: Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the SBA’s 7A Loan program was expanded to include a “Paycheck Protection” program. The program provides federally-guaranteed loans that may be used for payroll costs, rent, utilities, mortgage interest (not principal), and interest on debt. Loans are available for up to a 10-year term at 4 percent interest, with special loan forgiveness provisions. Loan forgiveness is available for the amount actually paid for payroll costs, salaries, benefits, rent, utilities and mortgage interest during an 8-week period following loan disbursement if all employees are kept on payroll, essentially making it a grant. Borrowers must apply for loan forgiveness. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, businesses, tribal business concerns, veteran organizations, self-employed individuals, independent contractors. Organizations must employ less than 500 people to be eligible. Amount: Up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount.

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan/Emergency Grant Program: Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the SBA’s EIDL program will accept fast-tracked applications in order to allow businesses access to capital within three days through an Emergency Grant. Funds may be used in order to maintain payroll, provide paid sick leave, and to service other debt. Eligibility: Businesses; sole proprietorships; independent contractors; and private nonprofit organizations. Organizations must be in operation prior to 1/31/20. Amount: $10,000 per organization for Emergency Grant funding. Larger loans of up to $2 million are available.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration – Emergency Grants to Address Mental and Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19: The purpose of this program is to provide crisis intervention services, mental and substance use disorder treatment, and other related recovery supports for children and adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will be provided for states, territories, and tribes to develop comprehensive systems to address these needs. The purpose of this program is specifically to address the needs of individuals with serious mental illness, individuals with substance use disorders, and/or individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders. Additionally, the program will also focus on meeting the needs of individuals with mental disorders that are less severe than serious mental illness, including those in the healthcare profession. Eligibility: State governments, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations. Amount: $110,000,000 is available for grants of up to $2,000,000 per State or up to $500,000 per Territories and Tribes. Deadline: April 10, 2020. SAMHSA has shortened the application timeline due to the acute need in many areas for immediate funding. If SAMHSA does not receive applications for the full funding amount available within this timeframe, the application period will be extended. Funds will be distributed on a rolling basis.

COVID-19 Other Related Grant Opportunities

Culture Connects Coalition: Culture Connects Coalition is a fund to support arts and culture in all their expressions for the greater good of our community and constituents. Its first initiative is in response to COVID-19 pandemic and reducing its impact on the community. The Artist Relief Fund is designed to help those artists most dramatically affected. Eligibility: Any artist who resides in Santa Fe County. Amount: $500-$1,000.

Elrha: Research to Support COVID-19 Response in Humanitarian Settings: Elrha is launching an urgent funding call for research proposals to support the COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings. The call aims to fund public health research that will produce robust findings that will contribute to the effectiveness of the current humanitarian response and increase the evidence base for future responses to similar infectious disease outbreaks. Eligibility: Applicants can be based in any country in the world and must apply as part of an established organization. The research team should include academic and humanitarian partners, as appropriate. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their proposed research is relevant, feasible and ethical. Amount: The size and number of grants to be awarded will depend on the quality of proposals received that are within the scope of the call. There will be no ceiling to the budgets. Deadline: There will be three rounds with the following deadlines: April 13, April 20, and May 4, 2020.

Fulcrum Fund/516 Arts: 516 Arts, a re-granting partner of the Warhol Foundation, is refocusing its annual grant program to emergency funding for artists who are experiencing situations of economic instability and loss. Eligibility: Emergency relief grants are for self-identified visual or multi-disciplinary artists (including graduate students) who are 21 years of age and older that have lost income from cancellations and closures as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Artists based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque (including Santa Fe, Española, Grants and Socorro) are encouraged to apply. Amount: 60 grants of $1,000 each. Deadline: April 15, 2020.

New Mexico Caregiver Emergency Childcare Grants: New Mexico Caregivers Coalition is offering immediate Caregiver Emergency Child Care Grants to New Mexico’s caregivers and home care workers who have a young child/children (aged 0-12) in child care settings. Eligibility: Person who works as a home care worker and has young child/children (0-12) in child care settings; child care providers recognized under emergency NM Public Health Order(s) may apply. Amount: $100. Applicants may apply up to three times.

MIT Solve: Proposals for Health Security & Pandemics Challenge: MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak — for example, by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that protect health workers. Eligibility: No restrictions; individuals, teams, and organizations may apply. Amount: All solutions selected for this global challenge will receive a $10,000 grant. Deadline: June 18, 2020.

National Science Foundation COVID-19 Funding: NSF is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. The research community is invited to respond to this challenge through existing funding opportunities as well as using the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism. Eligibility: Institutions of higher education, nonprofit, non-academic organizations, for-profit organizations, and state/local governments. Amount: $200,000 for RAPID response proposals.

Pulitzer Center Grant for Innovative Coronavirus Reporting Collaborations: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking proposals focused on innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders. Eligibility: The opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad. Amount: The budget for most projects will fall in the range of $5,000-$30,000.

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*Note: This includes federal loans that have a grant portion or loan forgiveness. These programs are new and changing rapidly. Please rely on your lender for advice.