Clean and Beautiful

New Mexico Clean & Beautiful partners with municipalities and tribal governments throughout our state. Our collective mission is to inspire and educate people to take action everyday that improves and beautifies their community environment. Together we create socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound environments that are great places to live and visit.

The purpose of the "New Mexico Litter Control and Beautification Act," NMSA § 67-16-1 et. Seq. (1978) is to control litter by authorizing the Department to eliminate litter from New Mexico to the maximum practical extent through a state-coordinated plan of education, control, prevention, and elimination.” To this end, eligible entities around the state work with the Department to develop and sustain Keep America Beautiful programs that curb litter and reduce blight, support beautification, recycling and education initiatives and efforts. The NMCB grant supports local and tribal communities in identifying projects and events that lend themselves to a more pristine and environmentally friendly state, which is accomplished through matching grant funds.

Application Period Closed


Informational webinar for the FY20 Clean and Beautiful grant:

Clean and Beautiful Grant Resources



Eligible entities fit into one of the following categories as defined by the Litter Control and Beautification Act:

Section 6.10 Locality: All 33 New Mexico counties, all incorporated towns, all incorporated cities and New Mexico Indian nation, tribe or pueblo government.

Source of Funds

The program is funded by the motor vehicle registration fee and receives $0.50 from each registration. 

Total amount available for funding


Range of Awards

The award process is competitive and not all eligible applicants are funded. NMTD offers multiple tools including online resources. Traditionally, applicants have been awarded less than their requests due to a large applicant pool and the discrepancy between available and requested funds.

Funding Cycle – Duration

Agreements are effective July 1 of every year and all funds must be expended when they terminate on June 30 of the following year, a state fiscal year.

Special Conditions

The program is a reimbursement-based, matching grant. Awardees are required to match grant funds with at least an additional 25% of cash and in-kind donations contributed by public and private entities. Hard costs eligible for reimbursement must be fully absorbed by the grant holder prior to reimbursement, which is paid based on actual expenses submitted with appropriate documentation.

How to Apply

The FY21 application schedule is still to be determined.  

Information Contact

Suzy Lawrence
Keep New Mexico True Program Coordinator (interim)
491 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501