STEM Innovation Grant

Grant Guidelines

Eligible Organizations

Individual libraries or libraries in collaboration with museums, tribal and community organizations, public school districts, and private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), academic and research institutions, and nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service

Organizations must provide the following to be considered for funding:

·         Operating budget for current fiscal year

·         Financial statement

·         Proof of 501(c) (3) status

These documents should be submitted electronically with the grant application.

Geographic Scope

New Mexico.

Funding Priority

Innovative library services specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM) and  the environment.

Eligible Projects

Eligible STEM Innovation grant requests include programs or projects that:

  • Provide students* developmentally appropriate opportunities to grow an innate interest in STEM.
  • Provide professional development opportunities that improve and develop the content knowledge skills of the PreK-12 STEM teacher workforce and teacher instruction.
  • Develop, improve or expand programs, resources or curriculum available in STEM classrooms and other learning environments. + (A request for equipment will be considered eligible only if the equipment is integrated into a project plan tied to a comprehensive STEM education effort.)
  • Ensure students have the core competencies needed to pursue a career or degree in STEM fields.
  • Strengthen and expand opportunities for students to do and learn science in after-school settings.
  • Provide activities that support student application of classroom STEM knowledge to real-life applications.
  • Increase the number of/types of opportunities for students and teachers to get to know positive, real-life individuals in STEM careers, making the field more accessible.

 *Students defined as school or college students, teachers, caregivers, or life-long learners


When preparing your project budget, please note that grant funds may not be used for:

  • Computer hardware* (see Eligible Projects exception)
  • Construction, equipment*, or office furniture (see Eligible Projects exception)
  • 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

*Other restrictions may apply.

Other Important Information

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.

The grant funding range is from $3,000 – 5,000 over a one-year period.

Grant Submission

Download Grant Application

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