Los Alamos County To Begin Accepting Applications For CARES Act Funds For Childcare And Virtual Learning Assistance Friday


Beginning Friday, Nov. 6 at 8 a.m., Los Alamos County will open the application period for individuals to apply for Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) funding received from the Federal Government and disbursed through the State of New Mexico’s Department of Finance Administration (DFA) to local governments. The application period will close in two weeks, on Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. 

On Friday, the County will post the applications and other information online on the “Apply for CARES $” link on its webpage, along with a Quick Link icon and Alert Banner on the Home Page – the CARES Funding link for the applications in a fillable PDF form is:

Individuals impacted by COVID-19 since March 1, 2020 who reside in Los Alamos County and meet income qualifications, will be able to complete an application for childcare assistance, and/or virtual learning assistance. 

For the childcare assistance program, residents that have experienced a COVID-19 related financial hardship and meet income qualifications, can apply for both reimbursements of childcare costs, or outstanding balances due to a qualified childcare facility.

Los Alamos County is also offering a one-time grant award to help with virtual schooling during COVID-19 to Los Alamos County residents with school age children who are attending virtual schooling and reside in the Los Alamos Public School District. These awards will range from $100-$500 per household and are dependent upon income and residency qualifications.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, applicants are asked to e-mail their applications to the County for processing. The County will assess the number of applications received against funds available and the needs of the community outlined in the applications. 

“The results of the initial individual award program has given us an opportunity to open up a second round of awards where we did not see a large initial response but know there is still a need in the community to assist with,” said Donna Casados, Social Services Manager.

Questions and applications for the individual Emergency Grants can be sent to CARESassistance@lacnm.us or by calling (505) 663-1966 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.