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How does the Grants Management Bureau serve you?
The NMDPS serves as the State Administering Agency (SAA) on behalf of the State of New Mexico for federal program funding. In this role, the NMDPS through the Grants Management Bureau (GMB), partners with local law enforcement agencies, and local governments to administer state-wide law enforcement and traffic safety projects funded by federal and state grant awards. Additionally, GMB provides critical administrative oversight, monitoring, and programmatic reporting statewide to assure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
How much money does the Department of Public Safety administer?
The Department of Public Safety – Grants Management Bureau currently administers about $15-20 million of federal and state grant funding annually.
What grant programs does GMB currently administer?
The Department of Public Safety administers a variety of different programs. We partner with many state, local and tribal agencies across the state to include but not limited to law enforcement, corrections, forensic labs, and task forces. For more information on our active grant programs click here.
How can I find out when funding opportunities are available?
When the Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for grant funding, DPS will release a grant Notice of Availability of Funding (NOFA) and solicitation. The solicitation will include important information including a program description, applicant eligibility, eligible activities, governing agency, term, deadline to apply and information regarding the distribution of funds. All open solicitations will be posted on our website under Federal Opportunities. Check it out!
I have never applied for a grant before, who do I contact if I am interested in partnering with the Department of Public Safety - Grants Management Bureau?
What can a new grant applicant expect?
Our grant processes require new grant applicants be well established prior to applying for or receiving a grant. As the state administering agency (SAA), we must ensure the organization can financially accept and be a good steward grant funding. Please note that funding is never guaranteed. Successful applicants are vetted through a transparent and standardized approached that is approved by the Drug Enforcement Advisory Council (DEAC) who administers competitive funding. When applying for grant funding, your agency will be evaluated based on some of the following criteria: 1) program request and overview, 2) fiscal responsibility and capability, 3) and prior record of performance (programmatic and fiscal).
Who reviews my grant application and decides if my grant proposal is approved?
Upon receipt of the sub-grant application, the NMDPS GMB, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Advisory Council (DEAC), determine the quality and validity of each application (10.10.3.18 NMAC 2013 – Appendix II). Complete applications are then forwarded to the Budget and Funding Sub-Committee of the DEAC for review. The Budget and Funding Sub-Committee, through GMB, submits their recommendations to the DEAC for ratification. The final recommendations are forwarded to the Cabinet Secretary of the NMDPS. Final authority in the awarding of competitive funds reside with the Cabinet Secretary, who will make all final awarding decisions. The NMDPS GMB is required to notify all applicants in writing of the outcome of their application no later than 30 days after the application deadline.