Funding Guidelines and Application

Tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, units of government, schools, colleges, universities, and Indian tribal government entities in New Mexico are eligible to apply. 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. Please read the Use of Fiscal Agent Agreement in the funding guidelines before submitting an application.


FY2025 Guidelines and Application

All New Mexico Arts new and returning applicants — excluding Folk Arts Apprenticeships — will use our online system to prepare and submit their FY2025 application.

Returning grantees and applicants will use the same log-on and password (If you have a question about your log on, please contact your New Mexico Arts program coordinator. Do NOT create a new account in the system.) New applicants will need to create an account in the system.

Got Your UEI?

All New Mexico Arts new and returning applicants — excluding Folk Arts Apprenticeships (see bottom of page) — are required to have a Unique Entity Identifier. All organizations who apply to New Mexico Arts are required to have a Unique Entity ID (UEI) from in alignment with requirements from the National Endowment for the Arts. A Unique Entity ID (UEI) is a 12-character (alpha-numeric) code that uniquely identifies all entities. UEIs are issued by and are a part of an entity's record in the Entity Information section of 

Download the UEI fact sheet here. Please see for further information. Once assigned, the UEI number will never expire; however, entity registrations do expire annually and require annual renewal.

Advance Review

The deadline for Advance Review Applications is 11:59 pm MT, October 23, 2023

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. 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. Failure to comply will disqualify those organizations from submitting a Final Application in December. New Mexico Arts strongly encourages all applicants to take advantage of this service. To complete an Advance Review, applicants must complete and submit an online application.

Please note: an Advance Review by New Mexico Arts does not guarantee funding.

Panel Evaluation Criteria and Scoring Guide by Funding Category:

Please see the guide for your funding category for guidance on how review panelists consider applications for funding based on New Mexico Arts Panel Evaluation Criteria.

Final Application Deadline is 11:59 pm MT, December 8, 2023.

Additional Information

Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program

The purpose of the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program is to sustain folk and traditional arts practiced in New Mexico by contracting with master artists to teach their art forms to dedicated apprentices. Folk and traditional arts are the culturally specific, traditional, functional, and expressive arts practiced and passed down within a community.
Find the FY2025 Folk Arts Apprentice Program Funding Guidelines and Application here

Arts and the Military Program

The Arts and the Military Program supports arts organizations and collaborates with veteran focused organizations to create and expand opportunities for veterans and active-duty service members to engage with the arts. The program offers financial support via mini grants that meaningfully engage veteran and veteran military connected audiences, provides tools and resources about the needs of veteran and military audiences, and helps build capacity in nonprofits, government agencies and art organizations in serving veterans through arts programs. 

 Current Opportunity: New Mexico Arts and the Military Program Guidelines and Application