Grants for Teachers
We support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through classroom projects and professional development for teachers.
We offer grants of up to $1,000 to educators at schools (pre-K to 12th grade) and youth groups in communities located within our service area. Total grants will be $50,000 each year.
What We’re Looking For
Any creative classroom project in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics will be considered. Projects that incorporate the following are especially encouraged:
- Designed to improve, advance, and enrich student learning
- Targeted at a specific stage of student development
- A range from formative ideas that explore learning concepts, to fully tested models that are ready to be adopted and disseminated
- The study of electricity and electricity production, natural gas exploration, renewables, and clean energy
To qualify, the application must satisfy the following requirements:
- It must clearly explain how the items requested for funding are vital to the project’s successful completion.
- It must include additional support from other funding sources for larger projects on application form.
- The project must be a one-time, one-year implementation and evaluation.
- Grants may be used to compensate experts who come to work with students, but not pay teachers or staff.
- Resources requested should be integral components of a well-planned classroom project/lesson plan and important to its success.
- The grant is for resources needed for individual classroom projects—if more than one classroom is undertaking the same or a very similar project, only one grant per school will be awarded.
What Doesn’t Qualify
Applications that include the following will not be considered:
- School laboratory supplies or equipment for general school use
- Media equipment (computers, digital cameras, projectors, white boards, DVD players, etc.) and furniture (display and bookcases, carts, etc.)
- Continuation of projects previously funded
- Routine responsibilities of the educator submitting the proposal
- Projects that require multiple academic years for completion
- Admission fees for conferences, workshops, and competitions
- Transportation, incentives, meals, and refreshments
Questions? Contact Lisa Culhane - Specialist, Strategic ProgramsEmail