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. 

To make a charitable donation to our Carter Conservation Fund or to nominate a science teacher for our yearly award, use the green links immediately below:

Here is how to apply for Grants

Applications for grants and donations are due by December 31st of the year before funding is to be granted, usually in late January. If you are interested in applying this year (2022) for funding in 2023, please continue below to see how it all works. If you have applied before, please be sure to read our new guidelines and use the new application form. Funding of your project depends on how well it aligns with our mission, what kind of knowledge or experience qualifies you (individual or organization) to accomplish what you envision, as well as any history you may have working with us.


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 some help getting your conservation or restoration project off the ground? Maybe 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, analysis or other services? Consider applying for a grant.  Acceptance of your proposal by the NPSNM can demonstrate the worthiness of your organization and your project to other funding groups or foundations.

Substantive proposals that especially serve our mission and will inspire others will be considered for amounts up to $5000 (details below). We encourage you to get the most from our grants by working with volunteers if appropriate, combining efforts with other groups or landowners, or obtaining complementary funds.

Examples of Past Grant Topics:

  • The removal of invasive species from public and private lands to restore native vegetation.
  • 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
  • Overhaul and new design of the New Mexico Rare Plant Technical Council's interactive website
  • Recently 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
  • Enabling a local farmer to enter the new market of supplying native plant seed and starts that are in demand for land restoration
  • We have supported the creation of "pollinator gardens" at schools and parks. However, additional gardens are to be funded only if there is assurance of the garden's continued maintenance into the future.

Nonmembers and members of NPSNM are equally eligible to receive grants.

Proposals less likely to receive approval are those that appear to be salary for the project manager, and we do not fund overhead charges by an institution. Supplies, tools, seeds, materials, equipment rental, contractor charges, safety items, certain software, educational signage, refreshments for volunteers, and transport of students are examples of typical expenses we've approved. It is up to the applicant to propose a realistic project budget, showing how NPSNM money is to be used.

Typical levels of funding -- .

  • Up to $1000 -- Many projects have succeeded with budgets of under $1000, and several will be awarded this year.
  • Up to $2000 may be granted for proposals needing greater support for greater benefits to the environment, the public's appreciation of native plants, ecological education or botanical research.
  • Two grants of up to $5000 each may be awarded to projects with a more significant and lasting impact. Some examples: revegetation of a despoiled area, protection of a wetland, research benefitting a threatened or endangered species of plant or type of habitat, or repurposing wasted water to maintain a native wildflower area at a school or nursing home. Anything in line with our mission can qualify if it is well-conceived, attainable, and ambitious.

One Year Grants - Successful grant winners are required to submit a written summary report (a template will be provided) due by November 30. If the project is not yet complete by then, 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

Follow-on 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 grant. Inspire us with your accomplishments and determination.

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

  • A poster describing the project, to be displayed at the NPSNM annual conference the following summer
  • A short article (500 to 1000 words) for publication in the NPSNM quarterly newsletter during the following year. 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 us with a copy or link to a publication or website that publicizes 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 this revised Grant Application: Application for 2022 or 2023 Carter Fund Grant (If you previously downloaded an application file you could not use, please try this one -- a file error has been corrected.) 


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.