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Patty Daw Memorial Grant

The Southwestern Region of the NSS Patty Daw Memorial Grant program provides small grants to individuals / organizations for cave/karst scientific research and/or cave conservation purposes. Grants range from less than $100 to around $600. The SWR can provide one or two grants per year or none. The deadline for applying for a grant is September 30th. All applications will be considered by the SWR Executive Committee. The committee will present their recommendations to the SWR membership at the Winter Technical meeting (usually the first weekend in December). The membership will have the final vote on the grants for that year. In 2012 the SWR grant was renamed the Patty Daw Memorial Grant fund in honor of our former treasurer and SWR member.

An SWR member can download the Patty Daw Memorial Grant Individual Form to request a grant for a worthwhile cave or karst-related project. Organizations or individuals can apply for a grant using the Patty Daw Memorial Grant Organization Form. Print out the appropriate form for your request. Completed applications / request forms should be mailed to the SWR Treasurer at:

Southwestern Region of the NSS
c/o Kate Bach, Treasurer
PO Box 65622
Albuquerque, NM 87193

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Kate Bach.

Grants that have been awarded since 2005, the first year that an NSS Southwestern Region Grant was given





Grant in Support of:

Natasha Sekhon Fluorescent banding analyses of stalagmites from Sitting Bull Falls Cave


  C.L. Kieffer   Radiocarbon Dating at Midnight Terror Cave, Belize.


  Jennifer Foote   Cave Monitoring Equipment


  Ken Harrington   Cave Monitoring Equipment


  Jason Kimble  


  Jessica R. Snider   Nutrient Analysis of Microbial Energy Sources in Three New Mexico Lava Tubes


  NSS Save the Caves Fund    


  NSS Save the Caves Fund   In memory of Ransom Turner, Warren "Doc" Lewis, Martin Combs, Richard Garner, Tom Zannes & Brian Galbraith


  Jessica R. Snider   Identification of Biology in Roots Galore Lava Tube


SWR also supported the NSS Headquarters with generous donations in 2014