Tourism Development Grant FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions - Posted Jan. 10, 2017

Q: When will we know if we have been awarded?

A: Within 21 business days. We are committed to reviewing each proposal as quickly as possible, and by having a rolling application process we hope to be able to respond quickly. The Think Sheet will facilitate the process and allow for quicker response times.

Q: Can this grant be used toward annual events? Our annual event is scheduled for June 28-July 2- is there a way this grant can work if we pay in advance (by June 1) for projects/activities that will occur at our event?

A: We cannot provide funding for projects that include scopes of work that cannot be completed by June 1, 2017.

Q: When can project start? Must organizations wait for approval? This is standard, however it could be a challenge with the June 1 deadline.

A: Your start is determined internally by your organization, but you must have completed your scope of work by June 1, 2017.

Q: Will there still be event sponsorships available as well as this grant?

A: NMTD offers numerous programs focused on the promotion of local events, however we do not currently offer a grant to fund operational costs for events.

Q: What is the best way to get in touch for a conversation about an idea?

A: Complete the Think Sheet offered at nmtourism.culturegrants.org to the best of your ability, then submit to Suzy.Lawrence@state.nm.us for feedback

Q: What about events that occur after June 1? Will this be offered in FY18 and if so, what dates?

A: We cannot provide funding for projects that include scopes of work that cannot be completed by June 1, 2017. We do plan to continue this grant into future cycles, and FY18 dates will be determined after the 2017 legislative session.

Q: Does NM True branding have to be incorporated?

A: No.

Q: Can 1 entity put in more than 1 application? For example can different departments within a municipality apply for different projects?

A: Each applicant may submit only one proposal. It is accepted for multiple proposals to come in from a single community, but the scopes of work must be distinct. This is a competitive grant process, and proposals/projects should come with comprehensive community buy-in and support with strong proof of positive financial impact.

Q: Is State Capital Outlay eligible as a match with the grant program?

A: No. State monies, no matter the capacity, are not eligible for matching funds.

Q: How much money is available for this round?

A: $350,000

Q: What is the anticipated timeline and length of application evaluation and response to applicants?

A: Within 21 business days. We are committed to reviewing each proposal as quickly as possible, and by having a rolling application process we hope to be able to respond quickly. The Think Sheet will facilitate the process and allow for quicker response times.

Q: If it is a sustainable project, can we apply for more grant funds in future years?

A: Yes, and applicants are welcome to submit for a distinct phase of the overall project, though there is no guarantee that future phases will be funded. This grant is for the creation or enhancement of existing tourism product.

Q: When will the think sheet be available?

A: It is available now at nmtourism.culturegrants.org

Q: Can we apply for less than $10k? We have multiple projects that fit perfectly but work with very limited means for matching funds in the time frame.

A: The parameters for this cycle are $10,000 to $50,000.

Q: Are projects eligible for multiple cycle applications, i.e. beyond this first year application?

A: Yes, but funding for one cycle DOES NOT guarantee future funding.

Q: Can the grant funds be used to pay for engineering and local funds applied to construction?

A: Yes, so long as the project is deemed eligible within our requirements.

Q: Can an entity apply for more than one project?

A: Each applicant may submit only one proposal. It is accepted for multiple proposals to come in from a single community, but the scopes of work must be distinct. This is a competitive grant process, and proposals/projects should come with comprehensive community buy-in and support with strong proof of positive financial impact.

Q: What is the next funding cycle?

A: FY18 dates will be determined after the 2017 legislative session.

Q: What is the total amount of funds available?

A: $350,000

Q: What about events?

A: This is not an event sponsorship grant; therefore any operational or marketing costs are not eligible.

Q: Is it a first come/first serve grant, and you award as you go?

A: Yes, proposals will be accepted on a “rolling timeline” between January 12, 2017 and May 1, 2017, or until all of the allocated funding has been awarded, whichever comes first.

Q: Any recommendations around multiple proposals coming from the same municipality, i.e. an infrastructure project and a digital infrastructure project?

A: Each applicant may submit only one proposal. It is accepted for multiple proposals to come in from a single community, but the scopes of work must be distinct. This is a competitive grant process, and proposals/projects should come with comprehensive community buy-in and support with strong proof of positive financial impact.

Q: Can you please explain more about what a “sustainable” project would be?

A: The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance in the development of new or expanded tourism initiatives that will lead to increased economic impact in New Mexico, therefore projects should be community driven aimed at creating a long term, positive impact upon the community for which it serves.

Q: Must matching funds come from the private sector?

A: Private sector funding is encouraged, but is not the only potential source of matching funds.

Q: What if our project launched last year but we want to make some improvements to it and enhance it- is that viable?

A: Yes, this grant is for the creation of new or enhancement of existing tourism product.

Q: Is the grant able to be applied towards infrastructure, i.e. construction of walking paths, remodel of current buildings to focus on the visitor experience, etc?

A: Yes, so long as the project is deemed eligible within our requirements.

Q: Do we have to get quotes or can we follow the state procurement code which allow cooperative agreements to help expedite the work?

A: By following the procurement code quotes have already been obtained to award the cooperative agreement, however we still request that pricing be included in total budgets costs.

Q: Does this grant work with the Tucumcari Rawhide Days event?

A: This is not an event sponsorship grant; therefore any operational or marketing costs are not eligible.