Utah STEM Organization Grant

The STEM Action Center values organizations who are dedicated to STEM education in Utah. The Center offers a competitive grant to support Utah organizations with STEM programs that serve Utah preK-12 students. This funding should serve three purposes: broaden student impact, increase student resources, and encourage student involvement in STEM activities.

***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. Those grant opportunities also close on September 28, 2018.  If you have questions regarding which grant you should pursue, please contact Sue Redington at sredington@utah.gov.

This grant will open on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and close Friday, September 28, 2018.

For more information, please see the Request for Grant (RFG) document link below, where you will find project description, expectations, timeline and application components. To apply, visit the site utahstemgrants.fluidreview.com, create a login if you do not already have one, and apply for the grant called STEM Organization Grant.

For questions, please contact Sue Redington at sredington@utah.gov.

Grant requests vary, with a maximum award of $7,500. 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.

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 – may include: rent, salaries, construction costs, utilities etc.
  • The program must run during the 2018-2019 school year. Funds will only be provided to programs currently in progress or planning to deploy in the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Summer programs that begin in May of 2019, 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 2019 fiscal year (runs July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019).
  • 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.
  • 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.
September 5, 2018 Application Opens
September 28, 2018 Applications Due, 11:59 pm
October 5, 2018 Application Review
October 15, 2018 Award Notifications
April 6, 2019 Signed Grant Agreement, Invoice and W-9 Due
May 4, 2019 All Receipts and Reporting Due
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.

  • 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! Please contact Sue Redington directly. If you are awarded, some of the deadlines may be increased to allow your organization plenty of time to complete all of the requirements.

Past Grant Recipients: