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Grants to New Mexico Libraries to Improve Services Related to STEM and Environmental Disciplines

STEM Innovation Grant

New Mexico Library Foundation (NMLF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #167350

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $5,000 to New Mexico libraries to improve library services in a wide range of STEM-related disciplines. Funding is intended for projects and activities related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the environment. Libraries may work in collaboration with tribal and community organizations; public school districts; private/public elementary and secondary schools; academic and research institutions; and nonprofit organizations.

Eligible STEM Innovation grant requests include programs or projects that:

  • Provide students with developmentally appropriate opportunities to grow an innate interest in STEM.
  • Provide professional development opportunities that improve and develop the content knowledge skills of  Pre-K-12 STEM teachers 
  • Develop, improve, or expand programs, resources or curriculum available in STEM classrooms and other learning environments.  (Equipment requests must be integrated into a comprehensive STEM education effort.)
  • Enable students to have the core competencies needed to pursue a career or degree in STEM fields.
  • Strengthen and expand opportunities for after-school science activities
  • Support the transfer of classroom STEM knowledge to real-life applications
  • Make STEM fields feel more accessible by introducing students and teachers to individuals in STEM careers.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In addition to libraries in New Mexico, the following groups are eligible, in collaboration with libraries: museums; tribal and community organizations; public school districts; and private/public elementary and secondary schools (as listed by NCES); academic and research institutions; and 501(c) (3)nonprofit charitable organizations.

When preparing your project budget, please note that grant funds may not be used for:
- Computer hardware
- Construction, equipment, or office furniture
- Expenses that are not directly related to the project for which funding is sought
- Salaries that are already part of the normal operating budget of the organization
- Pass-through funding
- Projects with a potential conflict of interest
- Projects with proprietary elements, such as for-profit activities
- Lobbying, political contributions, fund-raising events, or other similar activities designed to influence legislation or intervene in political campaigns
- Donations, endowments, challenge grants, matching funds, scholarships, and the like
- Direct payments to members of the public
- Food or food service items

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2022.

Organizations may only submit one request in a 12-month period. This includes colleges, universities, or other organizations with several departments/outreach programs.

Additional information:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant funding range is from $3,000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are made for a one-year period.

Contact Information:

Direct questions to

New Mexico Library Foundation
P.O. Box 30572
Albuquerque, NM 87190-0572

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