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Grant Proposal Road Map | Quick Facts for Completing Proposals

New Mexico Highands University ORSP reviews federal, state, and private grant announcements and provides information on about these funding sources to faculty and staff. Nonetheless, faculty and staff are strongly advised to search independently for grants for several reasons:

  • You know best what interests you and meets your needs.
  • Grant searching is almost entirely a web-based process.
  • Alert services are now available and send email grant notifications based on individual interests.

Federal and Private Funding Resources This is your single source access to FIND and APPLY for federal government grants. Over 1,000 grant programs are offered by 26 Federal grant making agencies who offer approximately $400 billion in annual awards. Learn more about

Foundation Grants Index and Directory.  This website is published by the Foundation Center and provides a broad listing of foundations and their grant disbursements. Contact
ORSP for purchase advice for your department. Note that some useful sections of the Foundation Center site are available free to non-subscribers.

New Mexico State Funding Resources

Fundsnet Services Online-New Mexico. This is a national website that provides at no cost up-to-date regional grants and fundraising resource sites by state and region. Browse categories are available to assist in narrowing a search by topics of interest.

Grantsmanship Center lists local funding sources in New Mexico, including community foundations and corporate giving programs.

Udall Serving You. Senator Tom Udall has a website to assist New Mexicans in finding grant sources. He also includes a guide for rural economic development.

Rural Assistance Center provides a summary of funding programs for rural communities in New Mexico.

Other Useful Websites

Bureau of Business & Economic Research (BBER): New Mexico socioeconomic data that is accessed and explained by the Data Bank at the University of New Mexico.

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance: A government document focusing on federal funding programs.

FedBizOpps:  Federal (non-research) product or service contracts. Replaces Commerce Business Daily.

Kids Count: A national and state-by-state effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the educational, social, economic and physical well-being of children in the United States.

NM Public Education: School and District Data: Annual information produced by the NM Public Education Department on Adequate Yearly Progress, District Report Cards, NM English Language Proficiency Assessment results, NM Standards Based Assessment, and NM High School Competency Exam results.

Proposal Writing Resources from the Office of Proposal Development at Texas A & M (PDF):
A website to assist faculty in the development and writing of research and educational proposals to federal agencies and foundations.

State and County Quick Facts: Socioeconomic data from the United States Census Bureau on all states, counties, cities and towns with more than 5,000 people.

STEM Education Data and Trends: A NSF web-based statistical tool for STEM education communities on the latest volume of Science and Engineering Indicators.

The Federal Register:  The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

Agency Links

How Do I Choose a Grant?

Make sure:

  • your needs match with the granting agency’s priorities;
  • your budget is within the award ceiling;
  • the application deadline is do-able; and
  • the grant meets the University’s relevant laws, regulations and requirements for ensuring compliance.

Other important considerations include competitiveness, indirect cost allowance, cost-sharing requirements, salary rules, and any special eligibility requirements in the RFA. Review NMHU’s Handbook on Research Policy or consult ORSP for guidance on your grant writing issues.