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Courts and Corrections

The funding opportunities identified in this section are focused on local government support of law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, victim services, technology, and prevention initiatives that strengthen New Mexico’s justice system.

The funding opportunities identified in this section are focused on local government support of law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, victim services, technology, and prevention initiatives that strengthen New Mexico’s justice system.

New Mexico Sentencing Commission – The New Mexico Sentencing Commission (NMSC) serves as a criminal and juvenile justice policy resource to the State of New Mexico. NMSC provides information, analysis, recommendations, and assistance from a coordinated cross-agency perspective to the three branches of government and interested citizens so that those citizens have the information and resources they need to make policy decisions that benefit the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The New Mexico Sentencing Commission (NMSC) is contracted by the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) to conduct studies to assess the cost of housing arrestees charged with felonies in New Mexico detention facilities. New Mexico Sentencing Commission.

Teen Courts – In 2009, the New Mexico Legislature passed legislation to collect a $1 fee on state traffic citations to create a Juvenile Adjudication Fund for teen courts. The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) is working to create a framework to distribute the money through municipalities and counties. Under a rule being developed, municipalities and counties would serve as fiscal agents for the funds and would apply to DFA for the funding on behalf of their local teen courts. The funds could be used to support a range of activities and expenses of local teen courts and would be available starting in July 2011. For more information about the Juvenile Adjudication Fund and rule, contact Rebecca Leppala, Program Manager at DFA at or at (505) 827-4958.

For more information about teen courts, contact David Garcia, President of the New Mexico Teen Court Association, Executive Director of Lea County Teen Court, Inc., or at (575) 393-7743 or Jennifer Romero, Vice President of the New Mexico Teen Court Association, Program Coordinator of Santa Fe Teen Court at or at (505) 995-9555.

Economic Development

As counties seek to recover from the economic recession, funding to create jobs and build infrastructure is vital. Federal and state grants can help counties to increase their economic development by bringing new businesses to the counties, which, in turn, put more people to work. Application processes for these funds are rigorous and very competitive. Please note each program’s eligibility and reporting requirements, to see if the particular program is right for your county’s economic development needs.

New Mexico Main Street Program – As a program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, New Mexico Main Street works throughout the state to help affiliated downtown organizations create an economically viable business environment while preserving local cultural and historic resources. Main Street is a consensus-building program that fosters community pride and encourages the growth of small businesses, consequently enhancing local employment and income opportunities, tax revenues, property values and general quality of life. New Mexico Main Street Program


This section highlights a variety of funding sources available to assist local governments in addressing the social and economic impact of DWI through public awareness, education, prevention programs and research.

Local Government DWI Programs – The Local DWI Programs in New Mexico are administered by the Department of Finance, Local Government Division (LGD) and are responsible for the statewide programs. There are three funding sources used in the local programs: a distribution based on a percentage of gross receipts sales tax from each county and the number of alcohol-related injury crashes; an alcohol and detoxification treatment program grant; and grants awarded to counties on a competitive basis. DFA Local Government DWI Programs & Grants


Finding the money needed to develop quality, affordable housing can be difficult. There are many programs that provide grants and loans to local governments and eligible private non-profit entities to meet housing and community development needs. The primary objective of these programs is the development of viable communities, including decent housing and a suitable living environment.

Housing & Urban Development – The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers many programs to develop and execute policies on housing including community planning and development; the HOME program; Shelter Plus Care; Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG); Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program (Mod Rehab SRO); housing opportunities for persons with AIDS (HOPWA); the Federal Housing Administration; regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; regulation of manufactured housing; administration of multifamily housing programs, including Supportive Housing for the Elderly (Section 202) and Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Section 811); Healthcare facility loan insurance; public and Indian housing; Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity; Policy Development and Research; Government National Mortgage Association; Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control; and Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing. Housing & Urban Development Portal

Community Development Block Grants – The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), one of the longest-running programs of HUD, funds local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development. CDBG, like other block grant programs, differ from categorical grants, made for specific purposes, in that they are subject to less federal oversight and are largely used at the discretion of the state and local governments and their sub-grantees. 

PACE Program – The Governor’s Office, in collaboration with the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) and the New Mexico Association of Counties, is pleased to release a manual entitled “PACE Programs In New Mexico: Creating Renewable Energy Financing Districts, A Manual For New Mexico Counties and Municipalities.”

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) manual serves as a guide to New Mexico’s counties and municipalities to assist them with the formation of Renewable Energy Finance Districts and the implementation of PACE programs. Among other documents, it contains the necessary resolutions and ordinances to form a district, eliminating much of the up-front costs of district formation. It also serves as a toolkit to help officials and staff understand how programs operate and provides in-depth information about the financing mechanisms that make a PACE program possible.  For additional information on New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources initiatives, please click here: Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Programs


Local governments are responsible for the development and maintenance of essential infrastructure components such as roads, bridges, water supplies, public buildings, sewers, and public facilities. These types of projects are largely dependent upon a commitment by the voters and elected officials to provide adequate funding. In addition, counties may seek to leverage outside funding for eligible projects through programs like the ones listed in this section.

Water Trust Board – The 2001 Legislature enacted the Water Project Finance Act which created the Water Project Fund in the NMFA and charged the NMFA with the administration of the Fund and the Water Trust Board. The Water Trust Board is a diverse 16-member Board that recommends to the Legislature projects to be funded through the Water Project Fund. Under the Act, the Board recommends to the Legislature funding within five project categories: (1) water conservation or reuse, (2) flood prevention, (3) endangered species act (ESA) collaborative efforts, (4) water storage, conveyance and delivery infrastructure improvements, and (5) watershed restoration and management initiatives. New Mexico Finance Authority

United States Army Corps of Engineers – The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is a federal agency and a major Army command made up of some 34,600 civilian and 650 military personnel, making it the world’s largest public engineering, design and construction management agency. Although generally associated with dams, canals and flood protection in the United States, USACE is involved in a wide range of public works support to the nation and the Department of Defense throughout the world. The Corps of Engineers is the nation’s number one provider of outdoor recreation and provides 24% of the US hydropower capacity. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Public Safety, Fire & EMS

New Mexico’s counties have a constitutional obligation to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of their citizens. Funding opportunities are available to assist local governments with administrative, financial, and technical support for public safety functions including: Fire and Rescue, Hazmat Response, Ambulance and EMS, Sheriffs, Emergency Communications, Disaster Relief, Animal Control, etc.

Disaster Declaration Resources
NMAC supports the Counties of New Mexico in good times and bad. This web site will be a great starting point for County officials during emergencies and disasters.

Emergency / Disaster Declaration – This document is used to make a resolution stating that a situation has become an emergency or disaster. Click here to access the form: Sample of Local Declaration of Emergency.

New Mexico Situation Status Summary (SIT/STAT) – The SIT/STAT Summary form is produced by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. For an example of a completed summary, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security.

Links to other Emergency resources:

Home Preparation Tips for Weather Emergencies

New Mexico Emergency Management Association

Emergency Preparedness Guide

New Mexico Fire Fund

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for the distribution of monies from the State Fire Fund to Fire Department who apply and are qualified to receive such funding. For more information, please visit New Mexico State Fire Marshall

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