Many thanks to Erika Dreifus at The Practicing Writer, for information about this desert-related award opportunity:

Honoring the memory of writer Ellen Meloy, this grant ($2,000) is intended to help a writer "write about the desert from the desert." Considers literary or creative nonfiction proposals only. See Web site for more information/application materials. More here. Deadline: December 31, 2009 (received). NO APPLICATION FEE.