Small Business Recovery and Stimulus Programs

NMFA assists businesses throughout the state by administering several recovery and stimulus programs on behalf of the State of New Mexico, including the Small Business Recovery Loan Fund created by the New Mexico Legislature and expanded in the 2022 Session. See below for detailed information.

For information on other recovery opportunities to help New Mexico businesses, please visit the NM Economic Development Department. 

Recovery and Stimulus Programs

Small Business Recovery Loan Fund - closed December 31, 2022

The New Mexico Legislature recently expanded the Small Business Recovery Loan Fund to better help businesses experiencing financial hardship caused by the pandemic. More businesses are now eligible to apply for a loan, the loans have more favorable and flexible terms, and businesses that received a Small Business Recovery Loan in 2020 can refinance for a longer term or a bigger loan. 

Business Recovery Grant Program (LEDA Recovery Grants) - Grant Reimbursement Requests

The Business Recovery Grant Program (LEDA Recovery Grants Program) provides grants for rent, lease, and mortgage payments to eligible businesses that meet job creation and economic development requirements. The grant application closed December 31, 2021.

Essential Services Working Capital Program

Not currently active

The Essential Services Working Capital Program was an emergency loan program created in 2020 that provided short-term working capital loans to healthcare entities, childcare businesses, and other critical service providers whose operating funds were insufficient to meet the demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and related Public Health Emergency Orders.


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Past Pandemic Relief Programs

Small Business CARES Relief Grants

Application period: December 7, 2020 – December 18, 2020

The Small Business CARES Relief Grants were authorized by the State of New Mexico in the November 2020 Special Session and were funded by $100 million in Federal CARES stimulus funds.

NMFA received 14,136 grant applications from New Mexico businesses totaling $156 million in funding requests. Grants were awarded to 6,743 businesses throughout New Mexico, with 60% of the funds provided to businesses in urban areas and 40% of the funds to businesses in rural areas of the state. The businesses receiving grants include restaurants, hotels, retail stores, nonprofit organizations, manufacturing companies, accountants, and many more in communities large and small throughout New Mexico. The smallest grant was $2,000 and the largest grant was $50,000. The average grant size was $15,000.

Small Business Recovery Loan Fund 2020

Application period: August 5, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Enacted by the New Mexico Legislature during the June 2020 Special Session and signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, this program allocated funds to provide loans to businesses that experienced financial hardship due to the public health order resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of businesses with approved loans: 890
Number of NM counties represented: 26
Number of NM cities and towns represented: 73

Total loan amount: $40,545,955
Average loan amount: $45,557
Smallest loan: $496
Largest loan: $75,000

Top Industries
Accommodation & Food Services: 20%
Retail:  18%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation: 9%



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