The Native Plant Society of New Mexico (NPSNM) supports organizations, communities, students and individuals throughout the state working on projects that further education, restoration, research and conservation of native plants.  This is made possible by the Jack and Martha Carter Conservation Fund, with additional grants occasionally provided by certain of our chapters. 

Applications for grants and donations will be due by December 31st, 2021. However, the application period is not yet open for 2022 funding, pending revision of our application system. There will not be any fundamental changes, so please do continue below and review the guidelines for general understanding.


The Native Plant Society of New Mexico is a non-profit organization that strives to educate the public about native plants by promoting knowledge of plant identification, ecology, and uses; fostering plant conservation and the preservation of natural habitats; supporting botanical research; and encouraging the appropriate use of native plants to conserve water, land, and wildlife. Grants are awarded for projects that are consistent with our mission.


Would you like a little help getting your conservation or restoration project off the ground? Do you need matching funds for another grant or donation that requires that? Do you teach students about plant ecology, or have a botanical research study underway and need money for materials, transportation, equipment, or analysis? If you are engaged in a project that aligns with our mission, consider applying for a grant.

Grants and donations have typically been limited to a maximum of $1500. However, substantive proposals that especially serve our mission and inspire others will be considered for greater amounts. Applicants are encouraged to combine our grants with additional funding from other partners if needed. Acceptance of your proposal by the NPSNM can demonstrate the worthiness of your organization and your project to other funding groups or foundations.

Examples of Past Grant Topics awarded $600 to $1500:

  • The removal of tamarisk trees from the Gila River within the wilderness area
  • Eradication of exotic ravenna grass from an area of the Rio Grand Bosque by community volunteers and restoration of stands of yerba mansa (Anemopsis californica)
  • Habitat restoration at the New Mexico Wildlife Center using volunteers from Master Gardeners
  • Giving hands-on, multi-skilled experience to elementary school children as they learn about the yucca and its life cycle
  • Training and employing Pueblo youth in the recognition, collection and processing of native plant seeds in support of the National Seed Strategy
  • Repeating a 1970s field study of bees pollinating wild sunflowers in order to document changes in bee species composition in the same areas over time
  • Creating an outdoor learning activity for children and families to learn about Chihuahuan Desert plant life

Proposals less likely to receive approval are those that appear to be salary support or will be charged for overhead by an institution.

One Year Grants - Successful grant winners are required to submit a written report (template provided) due by October 31. If the project is not yet complete, it will be a status and progress report with a final report due afterward. The report should describe how the funds were used and be sent to: cartergrantapps"at" Subject line: Project Report

Multi-year Grants - Projects spanning more than one year can only be funded a year at a time. A new application accompanying a progress report submitted by the end of the funded year will be considered for a new round of support.

 We also appreciate your sharing your project results with our membership in some way:

  • A poster describing the project, to be displayed at the NPSNM annual conference
  • A short article (600 to 1000 words) for publication in the NPSNM quarterly newsletter. Please submit these articles to cartergrantapps"at" Subject line: Attention Newsletter Editor
  • A presentation about your project at a local Native Plant Society chapter meeting
  • Furnish a copy or link to a publication in a journal or website that documents results from the project funded by NPSNM. (Please acknowledge our support in any published article.)

Download guidelines for applying for a grant: Application Guidelines

Please read the guidelines before applying. Then

Download a Grant Application template: Under Revision

Donations to Regional Herbaria

Herbarium collections are an invaluable resource for botanical and ecological education as well as plant identification and study. Detailed photographs of specimens are being digitized and made available to a worldwide network of scientists, and herbaria represent a unique physical archive of biodiversity over decades and centuries, chronicling long-term changes and preserving DNA for future analysis.

The Native Plant Society of New Mexico has for years provided support through annual donations to the UTEP, UNM, San Juan College, ENMU, and NMSU herbaria. Other herbaria in New Mexico or West Texas are invited to apply for donations by writing to NPSNM, P.O. Box 35388, Albuquerque, NM 87176.