Join the Network

New Mexico MainStreet (NMMS) is accepting applications to join the NMMS Network as a Frontier Communities Initiative Project, MainStreet Accelerator Program, or Arts & Cultural District. NMMS will only be adding a limited number of programs based on the current program budget. 

Please contact Daniel Gutierrez for additional information at 505-827-0151 or The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018, 2PM MST. 


The Frontier Communities Initiative was established by the New Mexico Legislature in 2013 to respond to enhanced needs for assistance from New Mexico’s most rural communities. The initiative provides community economic support to rural communities under 7,500 in population to develop a design-focused catalytic economic development project within a historic or commercial district.

Please see the Frontier Communities Initiative Application Packet for more information. Please see the Frontier Communities Initiative Narrative & Application – Fillable Word docx.

The NMMS Accelerator Program allows for new communities to be considered in the Main Street America program, through a competitive application process eligible revitalization programs apply to and are reviewed and ranked and may be designated for participation in the New Mexico MainStreet Accelerator process as a pathway to Main Street America designation.

The FY18 MainStreet Accelerator Application Packet is available in PDF format for reference. Please see the Accelerator Application FY2018 – (Fillable) docx.

The Arts & Cultural Districts Program was established by the Legislature in 2007 as a comprehensive economic development strategy designed to capitalize on the expanding “creative economy.” The Arts & Cultural Districts Program promotes the exceptional art and history of New Mexico while assisting communities in developing their cultural and artistic resources to create dynamic and economically vibrant districts.

A joint effort of three state agencies and private entities including New Mexico MainStreet, Department of Cultural Affairs divisions: New Mexico Arts and Historic Preservation, Tourism Department, and the McCune Charitable Foundation. The New Mexico Arts Commission is the state authorizer for new Arts & Cultural Districts while New Mexico MainStreet administers the program.

Please see the Arts & Cultural Districts Background Information and Application for more details.

Important documents and resources:

Background and Introduction for FY 2018 Application

NM Arts & Cultural Districts FY2018 Application – For Reference Only.

NM Arts & Cultural Districts FY2018 Application – (Fillable) Docx

See Arts & Cultural Districts Policies available here.

Arts & Cultural Districts Resources on the NMMS Resources Page.