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National Science Foundation supports K-12 STEM education with multiple grant offerings. Some relevant grants to consider for 2021 would be the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers  (ITEST) (Aug 13 deadline) and Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science (Sept 15 deadline). 

U.S. Department of Education has a variety of grants available throughout the year. Be sure to check out the link above for the most current programs. 

NASA Office of STEM Engagement – Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (Team II) – NASA Office of STEM engagement has multiple grant opportunities that seek to support building a diverse STEM workforce through authentic learning experiences. These highly competitive awards are for informal education institutions such as museums, libraries and youth serving organizations. Proposals must outline evidence-based educational approaches to provide STEM engagement opportunities that align with NASA’s mission.

For Schools and Teachers

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation has a Classroom Grant Program to support K-12 teachers who want to incorporate new ways of teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics into their classroom. AIAA funds can be used to purchase STEM demonstration kits, STEM software, and parts and supplies for making flying objects or robotics. Grant amounts are typically up to $500. Deadline is January 15, and the submission period opens again in October. 

Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Foundation supports STEM teachers through their Gravely & Paige Grants. Awards can be used for activities or tools inside or outside of the classroom, such as robotics clubs, cyber clubs and other STEM related activities to promote STEM to students. Grants of up to $1000 are awarded and priority is given to teachers working in schools with economically disadvantaged students.  Grant applications are due July 31.  

Association of American Educators Foundation offers Classroom Grants that can be used for a variety of classroom materials including software, calculators, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials. This competitive award gives up to $500. Spring deadline is March 1 and autumn deadline is October 1. 

National Association of Rocketry offers multiple awards available including the Robert L. Cannon Award. Bob Cannon worked at our very own Estes Industries for many years and worked with thousands of educators across the nationintroducing them to the exciting world of model rocketry. This award is granted to educators who have an established model rocketry program in their classroom. Up to 10 awards granted per year, $500 each, and the deadline is June 1. 

National Education Association (NEA) Foundation offers several grant opportunities including the Student Success Grants and Learning & Leadership GrantsThese grants fund innovative education programs, classroom projects, and professional development endeavors. There are two funding levels of $2,000 and $5,000. Application periods are April 26 – June 1 and June 5 – October 15. NEA Foundation has a new opportunity for 2021, Envision Equity Grantsthat supports projects that serve students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic including students of color, students from low-income families, students with disabilities, English learners, and those experiencing homelessness. Envision Equity Grants deadline is June 1. 

Society for Science supports middle and high school teachers through their STEM Research Grants. The goal of these grants is to strength STEM research programming in classrooms, especially low-income students and underrepresented in STEM. Award amounts go up to $5000The grant deadline is yet to be released for 2021.  

Toshiba American Foundation (TAF) Grants funds project-based learning to innovate in science, technology, engineering, and math classrooms. TAF is interested in funding innovative projects designed by teachers or small teams of teachers for use in their own schools and classrooms. Grades K-5 applications are accepted once a year on October 1Grades 6-12 application deadlines are June 1, September 1, and December 1. Grant requests of more than $5,000 are reviewed twice a year and due November 1 and May 1 each year. 

Voya Unsung Heroes Grant program provides grants to K-12 educators who are utilizing new teaching methods and techniques for classroom/school projects to improve learning. Each year, 100 finalists receive $2,000 grants. Of those 100 finalists, three winners are selected to receive awards of $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000. View the grant guidelines hereApplications are due June 1. 

Walmart Community Grants are awarded through an open application process and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S. Local Community. Grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000. Deadline is December 31. 

For Non-Profits and Extracurricular Programs

National Association of Rocketry offers multiple awards available including the Extracurricular Activity Grant. Eligible organizations include NAR Sections, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, Challenger Centers, museums, etc. that provide extracurricular educational activities involving model rocketry for childrenThe award amount variesGrant deadline is June 1. 

Society for Science supports nonprofit organizations through their STEM Action Grants. This program works to support innovative organizations using creative solutions to educate and inspire people from all walks of life to pursue scientific endeavors. Applicants can request up to $5000. Application deadline is May 15.  

Walmart Community Grants are awarded through an open application process and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S. Local Community. Grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000. Deadline is December 31. 

Last Modified May 4, 2021

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