Governor Lujan Grisham announces new grant for businesses affected by wildfires

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and other heads of state visited Las Vegas on Saturday morning.

Their goal: a new program of temporary grants for local businesses affected by the devastating fires.

“I have never seen a governor visit Las Vegas as much as Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. People say well, she’s here because of the fire and she’s here because of this. She was here with us when the fire was burning the most,” said Las Vegas Mayor Louis Trujillo.

The program aims to rebuild things that have been lost.

“So we’re going to take a million and a half. And we put it aside is intended primarily to guarantee and support economic loans. And we have the ability to reallocate that fund right now on our own and provide grants of $5,000 to $20,000 to non-loan businesses,” Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said.

To qualify, a company must show:

  • It operates legally in New Mexico.
  • Has a business address in the area affected by the forest fires.
  • Suffered physical damage to company property.
  • And/or had a drop in income due to the fires.

Applications will be open for two weeks from August 15-26.

For more information, you can contact [email protected] or 505-827-0300.

The governor said the application process should be simple.

“So immediately we are going to set up this grant application process, it will be smooth, easy and convenient. This will be for everyone, small, medium, large ranching, farming, outdoor recreation, lumber, lumber, whatever that activity is, good for independent contractors, if you pay taxes in New Mexico, and you are and you are eligible for one of these grants,” said Lujan Grisham.