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STEM Classroom Grant Program

The Ohio STEM Learning Network STEM Classroom Grant Program, sponsored by Battelle, funds STEM learning projects in classrooms and schools across Ohio.

Applications for the 2021-22 school year open October 21, 2021 and close December 2, 2021. Awards will be announced mid-January 2022.

Application

Eligible applicants are teachers or school administrators in public or private schools, grades K through 12. Schools must be in Ohio.

The complete Request for Proposals is posted here. Please download the Budget Template to upload with your application. We encourage you to preview the application and prepare your responses before entering them into the form, as you cannot save your work and return later. All three files are also available through this folder.

Applications for the 2021-22 program open October 21, 2021 and close December 2, 2021. Awards will be announced mid-January 2022.

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Funding guidelines

Applicants may apply for either a $2,500.00 or $5,000.00 classroom grant. The award will be a one-time grant. Funds may not be used for furniture, cash, gift cards, travel, salary, food, general office supplies not related to STEM activities, or sports.

Awards must be made to an organization or fiscal agent that is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Service code 501(c)(3) or a governmental agency. A current and signed W9 must be submitted with the application

Priority areas for funding

The goal of this competitive grant program is to fund the development or expansion of sustainable STEM education programming in classrooms and schools across Ohio. To be considered, projects should align to one of the following focus areas:

  1. Community Problem Solving
  2. STEM Career Exploration
  3. Building STEM Mindsets
  4. Design Thinking and Infrastructure

Guidelines for spending

All awarded funds must be spent by June 1, 2022 and in the manner outlined in the accepted grant application.

Everything purchased with the grant funds is to become property of the school/organization and must stay with the school/organization if the grantee (i.e. teacher) were to depart.

Grantees will be required to complete online reports, which include providing an explanation of how the funds were used, a brief description of the implementation of the project and at least one photograph.

An expense report is due on or before June 30, 2021. A report template will be provided by OSLN in advance.

Note on potential future grants: Schools with previous grants from the OSLN STEM Classroom Grant who have receive extensions and have not completed their project will not be eligible for future funding.

Tips for your application

A high scoring application will:

  • Be a unique, innovative, and/or creative idea
  • Align to one or more of the areas of focus
  • Incorporate design thinking
  • Promote 21st century skills
  • Enhance college and career readiness
  • Be collaborative or interdisciplinary across subjects and/or grades
  • Involve a community partner
  • Impact a high percentage of students
  • Expose traditionally underserved students to STEM learning

A well written application will:

  • Clearly communicate the project and anticipated results
  • Explain the anticipated student learning outcomes and how the project will deepen students’ understanding of STEM
  • Contain a description of how intended outcomes will be assessed

All applications should:

  • Contain a budget outline (using the provided template) for the full amount of funding requested
  • Not contain furniture, cash, gift cards, travel, salary, food, general office supplies not related to STEM activities, or sports
  • Be from an Ohio school or district
  • Agree to the terms and conditions at the end of the application

About Battelle

Battelle’s founder, Gordon Battelle, believed that innovative science could and should benefit society at large. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) serve as the foundation on which Battelle’s business is built. Our scientists and researchers rely on their STEM expertise every day to drive innovation. This drives our conviction that all young people deserve a strong education in STEM. Together with public and private partners, we’re bringing quality STEM education to millions of students across the U.S.

 

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