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What is this grant?

The STEM Action Center values organizations who are dedicated to STEM education in Utah. This funding should serve three purposes: broaden student impact, increase student resources, and encourage student involvement in STEM activities.

Organization grants are for organizations that provide STEM learning opportunities outside of the regular school day. These could be community organizations, after-school clubs, summer programs…really any organization that works to enhance student learning through regular/consistent programming opportunities with student participants. In order to apply, your organization will need to ensure it can provide a W-9 for the organization.

Funding is available for:

Grant requests vary, with a maximum award of $5,000. Please be aware that your organization is not guaranteed the full funding amount. The amount awarded is subject to the amount of applications received AND the amount of funds available (this dollar amount varies every year). Applicants should feel no obligation to request the full amount.

  • Grant funds are available for organizations that provide STEM learning opportunities outside of the regular school day.
  • The program must run during the 2019-2020 school year. Funds will only be provided to programs currently in progress or planning to deploy in the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Summer programs that begin in May of 2020, may apply.
  • Funds are available for Utah STEM Organizations with a valid W-9 issued by the IRS.
  • Activities must take place in the State of Utah.
  • A program within the organization may receive funding ONCE during the 2020 fiscal year (runs July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020).
  • A detailed annual report of the program and its outcomes is required after program completion. If this report is not submitted, applicants will be disqualified from grant funding in the future.

Funding is NOT available for:

  • Technology or other products used solely by staff (laptop, iPad, smart board, etc.)
  • Activities that take place outside of Utah
  • Teacher or staff professional development/training
  • Salaries or stipends for educators or staff
  • Food, apparel, flights, or lodging
  • Entertainment costs
  • Indirect (overhead) expenses which may include rent, salaries, construction costs, utilities etc.

Upon award, the organization will be required to:

  • Sign a contract outlining the grant requirements and expectations.
  • Provide an invoice from the organization. Please see an example invoice HERE. Receipts, shipping information, or proof of payment will not be accepted as an invoice.
  • Schedule a program visit with STEM Action Center representatives to see your program “in action.

Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from STEM organizations, including higher education, non-profits, informal education groups, etc.


What is the timeline?

  • Application opens for submissions: August 1, 2019
  • Applications are due: September 30, 2019
  • Applicants notified of outcome: October 25, 2019
  • Signed agreement, invoice, and W-9 uploaded: No later than December 31, 2019
  • Receipts uploaded: No later than May 15, 2020
  • Follow-up report due: No later than May 15, 2020
  • Applicants and grant recipients must attend to all deadlines. No late applications or paperwork will be accepted.

Additional information

  • Please be realistic regarding your funding request. There are a lot of fantastic organizations providing amazing STEM opportunities. The funding is limited and our goal is to provide ample monetary support to as many STEM programs as we can.
  • Do not include any indirect costs in your application (this may include: rent for your space, salaries for your employees, construction costs, utilities etc.) We would like to see the funding go towards increasing STEM resources and providing equal access for all Utah students!
  • We understand your program may run through the summer and this is OK! If you are awarded, some of the deadlines may be increased to allow your organization plenty of time to complete all of the requirements.
  • If you are a school or district employee: BEFORE applying for this grant PLEASE review other STEM AC grant opportunities such as Classroom Grant and Competition Grant.
  • For more information, please see the Request for Grant (RFG), where you will find project description, expectations, timeline and application components.
  • View the scoring rubric.
  • View our Micro Grant data (PDF).

Questions for Consideration

What might a good application include?

A strong application reflects engaging activities that are hands-on, collaborative and relevant. Programs should provide students with age-appropriate real-world problems and solutions using STEM subjects.

A strong application might include the following:

  • Increase dissemination
  • Enhance infrastructure for teaching
  • Promote teaching, training and learning
  • Increase participation of underrepresented students

A strong application will also answer these questions thoughtfully and completely:

What does it mean to broaden student impact?

The STEM Action Center wants to encourage organizations to increase the amount of students participating in STEM activities. Your organization can use this funding to offer more events or increase your volunteer base. You may also use a portion of this funding for student scholarships that focus on significant financial need and/or traditionally underrepresented students.

What does it mean to increase resources for students?

The STEM Action Center is interested in students using technology or other STEM tools to increase their skills and that engage them in STEM subjects. You can use this funding for tools or materials that are used directly and only by the students. Resources purchased must be clearly aligned with project goals and outcomes.

What does it mean to encourage student involvement in STEM activities?

The STEM Action Center seeks to encourage first-time student participation (particularly among traditionally underrepresented students) and to attract the attention of students with a demonstrated interest in STEM fields. This funding can be used to reach such an audience.

For questions about this grant, please email Sue Redington at sredington@utah.gov

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