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 501(c) (3) 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.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
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
The deadline for applications is November 30th.
Organizations may only submit one request in a 12-month period. This includes colleges, universities, or other organizations with several departments/outreach programs.