STEM Grant funding opportunities for teachers

Grant Opportunities for Teachers

Below are opportunities which may help fund Kids Making Sense kits for your classrooms.

Please reach out if you would like assistance or advice in applying for one of the opportunities below. We are happy to help!

(Last updated: October 4th 2022)

Opportunities for California

Mojave Environmental Educational Consortium 2022-2023 Mini Grant

For a limited time, MEEC is accepting proposals for environmental and STEM education school project and material mini-grants. Interested teachers should complete the following application by detailing desired materials, the project/materials’ environmental component and how the project will address educational standards. Eligible projects must demonstrate the following:

1. An environmental connection/correlation
2. Correspond with current Common Core and/or Next Generation Science Standards

The application must also contain a timeline for project implementation and a budget or cost breakout based on the applicant’s research of actual material costs, including shipping and handling, if applicable. Labor costs, food items and entrance fees are not eligible for funding. Projects must be implemented/materials must be used in classrooms located in the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County, the Antelope Valley or the Palo Verde Valley of Riverside County. Applicants must also teach within these same jurisdictions.

Funded projects must be completed/purchased by May 12, 2023. Average grant amount will vary from $500 to $800, but may be higher. Individual award amounts to be determined by MEEC. Only one grant will be awarded per teacher, per school year. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first come first served basis on a bi-weekly basis.

Application deadline is October 31, 2022. Grant Awardees will be notified by December 31, 2022. For questions, please email meec@mdaqmd.ca.gov Apply here

Additional Opportunities

The Climate Initiative: Air Quality Action Project Program

The Air Quality Action Project Program aims to reach students in low-income and underserved communities with high levels of air pollution to educate, empower, and activate youth to push for climate action.

The program will equip students in under-resourced schools and communities with air quality sensors to engage them in hands-on data collection and analysis, solutions design, and community-based climate action.

Educators will receive a Kids Making Sense air quality sensor kit and lesson modules FREE OF CHARGE to support students’ data collection and analysis skills. Upon the completion of the group’s data collection, students will develop a community-based action project informed by the data gathered. The goal is for students to disseminate the information to their community members and establish a foundation for community action.

The program is open to formal and informal educators residing in the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Full eligibility requirements are listed at the link below.

Review requirements and apply here