SANTA FE (KSMX)- On April 8, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) announced that they will be offering one-time grants in the amount of $750 each to self-employed individuals affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Self-Employed Stimulus Payment (SESP) will be available to the first 2,000 applicants that qualify.
This opportunity is funded by $1.5 million from the Rapid Response Layoff Aversion program under the directive of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Examples of people who can apply for this fund include musicians and artists with cancelled shows, contract massage therapists at health spas, food truck operators, Uber/Lyft drivers, and sound technicians at convention centers paid for by the job.
To be eligible for SESP an applicant must be self-employed worker, must not be currently collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits, properly registered with Selective Service (if applicable), be a U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S., provide proof of New Mexico residency, and have a bank account that can accept a direct deposit.
Applicants are able to apply by creating an individual account and logging into www.jobs.state.nm.us and clicking on the link for SESP located on their My Workforce Connection page.