Grants will be selected based on the following:
Potential for Lasting Impact (20%)
We know microgrants can only go so far in terms of having a lasting impact. However, those that are designed with such impact in mind will be given preference.
Does the idea expand access to STEM experiences to historically under-represented populations. Depending on your school, this could be defined by gender, ethnicity, or income.
Expanding Quality STEM Experiences
Does the idea build on what is already provided at your school? Does it bring a completely new experience to students? Is there a potential to expand the idea to other schools?
Funding is limited, so asking for the right amount is important. Asking for too little to pursue the project or too much (in hopes that you'll get a partial amount) will both work against you.
How to Apply
Fill out the application form. Applications are due November 30, 2021. This year, only Oregon Gorge counties may apply.
A committee will review applications; those awarded funding will receive their school's check within about 1 month of grant decisions.
Embark on the activity to expose your students to new science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM) experiences.
Submit the after-action report (written with at least 1 photo or video). This ensures that your school can apply for future grants and helps us secure more funding!
After Action Report
This takes 5-10 mins to complete; it's meant to provide accountability but not be onerous.
The data will be used to secure more funding... and therefore more grants!
If you're worried about this commitment, check it out before applying for a grant.