Help for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Are you ready to open for business? Download the guidelines and practices per industry sector issued by the State of New Mexico per industry.
NEW! Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)
SVOG is a federal economic assistance program for arts organizations, administered through the Small Business Administration. If you are a theatrical producer, talent rep, venue promoter, operate a live venue, live performing arts organization, movie house, or cultural institution you may be eligible to apply.
NEW! PPP Round 2
1st and 2nd draw PPP loans resumed on Jan 11 with some updated rules. For application assistance, go to the NM Small Business Development Center website.
NEW! Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to states, U.S. Territories, local governments, and Indian tribes. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs. Learn More
The PNM COVID Customer Relief Programs are designed to deliver assistance for both residential and small business customers who are behind on their bill and need a hand in getting their account in better status to avoid an interruption of electric service down the road, and ultimately breathe a sigh of relief when they are facing a large past due balance.
NM SBA Leveraged Projects
NMSBA leveraged projects allow multiple small businesses that share technical challenges to request assistance collectively for a project funded at a higher level than the limits for a single company. Leveraged projects fund lab staff time and incidental materials at a range of $40,000 to $120,000 (the sum of the assistance for which each participating company is eligible) and must be completed by December 2021.
The City of Santa Fe has created a one-stop hub for COVID-19 resources for our community. Visit www.alltogethersantafe.org.
The Santa Fe Community Foundation Grants- for general operating support from organizations that are engaged in direct service, policy advocacy and/or collaborative efforts to improve outcomes. Click here.
Click here if your business has been impacted by COVID-19, and you have questions or need help applying for the SBA disaster assistance loan program. Your New Mexico SBDC can assist you with no-cost advising.
LOans, Grants, & SuPPORT
NM Recovery Fund
The NM State Investment Council (SIC) launches $100 million NM Recovery Fund.
Applications are now available for an emergency loan program to support larger businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 health emergency. Must have 40 or more employees. Act fast and apply here.
In light of the Governor's declaration, certain workers may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. You may be eligible, click here for more information.
LEDA Zero-Percent Interest Loans
- Limited to expenditures for land, building and infrastructure
- Can be used for lease abatement or mortgage assistance
- Company must be a qualified entity (manufacturer, non-retail service business with more than 50% of revenue generated out of state, or a retail business in a community or less than 15,000 in population)
- All loans will be required to provide security equal to the amount of the loan
New Mexico Finance Authority: Business Loan Partnership Program
NMFA and “Partner Banks,” together, share risk while lowering the overall cost of borrowing for the business by NMFA offering low-cost rates on its portion of the loan to a New Mexico business.
Contact, John Brooks, 1-877-ASK-NMFA, or [bot protected email address]
SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
Federal disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters. These are low interest loans that may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact. More information from the SBA.
The SBA disaster assistance customer service center can be reached at 1.800.659.2955 (TTY: 1.800.877.8339) or email [bot protected email address].
Local contact Edward Herrara, 505.670.5957 or [bot protected email address].
US Eagle Credit Union
US Eagle Credit Union has been approved to help to with New Mexico Economic Development Deparment Loan Program.
Brief loan offering is as follows:
Loan up to $62,500
Loan 80% guaranteed by State of NM
No Collateral REQUIRED
Contact: Ernesto J. Salazar, Business Loan Officer, 505-920-3696 or [bot protected email address]
CDC Guidance for Business and Employers
Finding interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19. Read more here.
CDBG Economic Development Fund
Assistance to small businesses to avoid job losses by providing working capital assistance. Project has to qualify and be in a distressed area. Contact Scott Wright, NM Department of Finance & Administration, 505-827.4974 or [bot protected email address]
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund
For more information see here.Resources for Artists
NM Film Office
The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) is encouraging furloughed workers in the film and television industry to apply directly to non-profit relief funds. More information.