STEM PREK-12 CLASSROOM GRANT

Thank you for your interest in a classroom grant from the STEM Action Center! The PreK-12 Classroom Grant is available for Utah educators and administrators to apply for funding to improve student understanding of and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  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. As you apply, keep in mind the “Tips and Tricks” below to assist you in creating a detailed proposal.  Since the inception of this grant, application numbers have greatly increased, making the classroom grant very competitive.  As such, a rubric (found HERE) has been created for applicants and reviewers to use to assess proposals.  The grant will open again on November 5, 2018.   

Grant requests vary, with a maximum award of $1,500. The funding should be used to cover needed project materials, admission fees, and/or 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
  • Busing for travel to Utah STEM fest (please see the STEM Fest website)
  • Math or CTE software provided through other STEM Action Center grants
  • Food and apparel
  • Application opens for submissions: November 5, 2018
  • Applications are due: December 21, 2018
  • Applicants notified of outcome: January 21, 2019
  • Signed agreement, invoice, and W-9 uploaded: No later than March 1, 2019
  • Receipts uploaded: No later than June 1, 2019
  • Follow-up report due: No later than June 1, 2019

Applicants and grant recipients must attend to all deadlines. No late applications or paperwork will be accepted.

  • While we are completely supportive of content-area literacy, we cannot use classroom grant funds to purchase books or other reading materials, for either student or teacher use.
  • 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.
  • STEM fest busing scholarships are available through a different fund.  For more information, see the STEM Fest website.
  • Make sure this is the right grant for you. Teaching WITH technology is important, but that does not make a STEM lesson or activity, which would need to teach ABOUT science, technology, engineering, or math. If you are looking for technology to specifically support a learning outcome, consider applying for a Centurylink Grant.
Past awardees have provided examples of how they’ve used their grant. Check out these cool lesson plans to help inspire your creativity! Learn more here!
We invite you to take advantage of these other grant opportunities offered through industry:

  • CenturyLink Grant: https://online.foundationsource.com/public/home/CenturyLinkGrant
  • Chevron: http://www.fuelyourschool.com/

Application For questions not answered on this site, please email Kellie Yates  (kellieyates@utah.gov).