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What is this grant?

The PreK-12 Classroom grant expands opportunities for idea-sharing and innovation. Teachers are enabled to implement exciting and new approaches to STEM experiences in their classroom, with their findings being shared at STEM conferences and awards events. We have funded hundreds of classroom grants over the years, impacting tens of thousands of students.

Description

The PreK-12 Classroom Grant is available for Utah educators and administrators at Utah public schools. Awards will be granted for innovative and creative projects in STEM subjects. These projects should focus on classroom-level instruction that is unique to the needs of the students. This grant seeks proposals that are unique and based on individual classroom needs. If an application is submitted that has been copied and pasted or is similar/identical to another grant proposal, both proposals will be declined for consideration of funding.

Funding IS available for:

Grant requests vary, with a maximum award of $1,500. Funding should be used to cover:

  • project materials
  • equipment
  • admission fees
  • travel for a field trip

Funding IS NOT available for:

  • Technology or other products used solely by the educator (laptop, iPad, smart board, etc.)
  • Activities that take place outside of Utah
  • Teacher professional development/training
  • Salaries or stipends for educators or support staff
  • Student competition expenses
  • software
  • Food and apparel
  • Literature (unless as part of an integrated STEM activity)

Who can apply?

This grant is available for applications from PreK-12 educators and administrators at public schools in the state of Utah may apply for this grant. This grant can also be used by educators to help with school-sponsored after school programs.


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

  • Reviewers are asked to rate creativity and originality. Keep this in mind especially if you are requesting a “kit”. How are you going to use it in a new, original way?
  • Please, please, please use your own words. Just as it is frustrating to grade student work that has been copied and pasted, it is very difficult to accurately assess your grant proposal if you do not explain your plan in your own words.
  • Past awardees have provided examples of how they’ve used their grant. Check out these cool lesson plans to help inspire your creativity!
  • Use this link to see a video of the application!
  • View our Micro Grant data (PDF)
  • View the scoring rubric.

For questions about this grant, please email Kellie Yates at kellieyates@utah.gov

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