The Native Plant Society of New Mexico supports communities throughout the state working on projects that further education, restoration, and conservation of native plants.  We do this through NPSNM awarded grants and donations supported by the Carter Conservation Fund, as well as through grants provided by certain of our chapters.  To learn more read explore the links below:

Grants and donations are limited to a maximum of $1500 with rare exceptions. However, applicants are encouraged to combine our grants with additional funding from other partners as may be needed to strengthen the basis of their project. Applications for grants and donations are due on December 31st to receive support for the following year, usually disbursed in the first week of February.


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 to individual projects that are aligned with our mission. For example, you can request for a grant to pay for the cost of a specific native plant conservation program, an invasive species removal effort, or to buy the materials needed for a specific habitat restoration in New Mexico. We ask that you acknowledge our support in any publication resulting from your project.

Examples of Past Awarded Grant Topics:

  • The removal of tamarisk trees from the Gila River within the wilderness area
  • Non-chemical eradication of exotic ravenna grass from an area of the Rio Grand Bosque
  • 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
  • A floral study of the Sabinoso Wilderness in northern New Mexico, developing baseline data in an area that was only recently opened to the public
  • A study of how grassland restoration practices affect desert soils
  • The first printing of the NM native plant curriculum, From Ponderosa to Prickly Pear (Institute for Applied Ecology [IAE), supplied to interested high school science teachers at no charge

One Year Grants - Successful grant applicants are required to submit a written report (template provided) due at the end of the calendar year in which you received your grant. 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 progress report and a new application by the end of the funded year will be considered for a new round of support.

 We also appreciate one of the following:

  • 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 Native Plant Society chapter meeting

Grant Guidelines and Application are being revised for 2020. Inquiries to cartergrantapps"at" Thank you for your patience.


Donations are given to non-profit organizations to support on-going work that meets the objectives and goals of the Native Plant Society. For example, the NPSNM gives annual donations to the five academic herbaria in the region: University of Texas at El Paso; University of New Mexico; Western New Mexico University; San Juan College; and New Mexico State University. The University of New Mexico (UNM) Herbarium applies that money towards its goals of georeferencing (mapping) the specimen label information, with the expertise of New Mexico Natural Heritage (NMNH) to make the information available to the scientific community and the general public.

Donation Guidelines and Application for 2019

Applicants receiving a donation are required to submit a report to the Society along with a short article (limited to 1000 words) for the NPSNM Newsletter describing how the funds were used within the structure of their organization. Please submit these articles to our Administrative Coordinator at