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 STEM Classroom Grant will have two solicitations in the 2016-2017 academic year.

August 14, 2017 – September 29, 2017
November 6, 2017 – December 22, 2017

 

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
  • Educators and administrators from Utah public school entities may apply.
  • Activities must take place in the State of Utah.
  • Awarded funds will be sent and made out to the school.
  • Private entities are not eligible for the Classroom Grant.
  • Classroom Grant applicants may receive funding ONCE during the 2016-2017 year.
  • Upon award, applicant AND school will be required to:
    • Sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) of the grant requirements and expectations.
    • Provide an invoice from the school. Please see an example invoice HERE. Receipts, shipping information, or proof of payment will not be accepted as an invoice.
    • Proof of tax ID (W9)
    • Schedule a school visit with STEM Action Center representatives to see your project “in action”. (If you are provided funding for a field trip, please provide the date(s) you will be attending).
    • Upload purchase receipts (no later than 30 days after purchase)
  • A detailed report of the project and its outcomes is required after project completion. If this report is not submitted, applicants will be disqualified from grant funding in the future.
  • Application opens for submissions: August 14, 2017
  • Applications are due: September 29, 2017
  • Applications are reviewed: October 9-13, 2017
  • signed agreement, invoice, and W-9 uploaded: After award notification, starting October 16, 2017
  • Receipts uploaded: No later than March 23, 2018
  • Follow-up report due: No later than May 11, 2018

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!

Application Open

For questions not answered on this site, please email Clarence Ames (cames@utah.gov).