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STEM AC AND STEM AC BOARD

Mission Statement: Engineering innovative opportunities for educators, students, communities, and industry to build a competitive Idaho workforce and economy through STEM and computer science education.

Vision Statement: A diverse, equitable, thriving ecosystem for a prosperous, STEM-literate Idaho.

Click here to meet the STEM Action Center team.

During the 2015 Idaho legislative session, a small group of visionary legislators, education leaders, and industry stakeholders began a STEM Caucus that led to legislation creating the STEM Action Center. House Bill 302 became law on July 1, 2015 (Idaho Code §67-823). This new law permits some flexibility in implementation which will allow the Center to develop unique grant, training, professional development, and student opportunities aligned to Idaho’s workforce needs from kindergarten to career. Decision about the STEM Action Center are guided by a nine (9) member Board appointed by the Governor.

YES! Check out our Bright Spots or the Impact Map.

Yes. Please follow and tag STEM AC when posting STEM-related content. If the STEM AC provided funding for the activity, you are required to utilize the following when posting to social media:

Facebook
Twitter - Tag us @IdahoSTEMAC
YouTube Channel
Instagram - Tag us @IdahoSTEMAC

Each month of the school year, STEM AC hosts a giveaway of STEM educational tools and materials. Educators from across Idaho are encouraged to enter the drawing. Winners are selected at random from all qualifying entries. For more details and to enter to win a giveaway, click here!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, GRANTS, & TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT

First create an account (Create Account Instructions Guide). Once you have created an account, click on “Login to Grants Portal to Apply” button at the top of our check Our Opportunities webpage. Proceed to login, once you are logged in, click on the “Apply” button to see all our open opportunities. If you would like more information on a particular opportunity, click on the title. If you would like to apply for one, click on the blue “Apply” button located to the right of the opportunity, then click on “Apply Now” and then click on “Start Application.” You will then be on your way to applying to the application.

Please make sure you read ALL the information thoroughly and answer all the questions completely and in detail. Once you have completed this information, click the “Submit Funding Application” button (we will not receive it as submitted until you click submit). Once your application is submitted, it will be evaluated by a review panel. You should hear back about your application within approximately one month.

Remember all applications are competitive, so use the rubrics provided in each grant and make sure your answers are complete and detailed.

What's Next?

Review the step-by-step instructional video on what to do after you have been awarded your grant.

You've Been Awarded...What's Next?

Click the forgot password link on the Community Grants Portal login page. You will receive an email with the link to reset your password. Check your spam/junk folder, and if you don’t receive an email within 24 hours, contact Crispin Gravatt.

All funding is competitive. To apply, visit Our Opportunities webpage and click on the Create Account Instructions to create an account or login to your account. Please allow yourself plenty of time before your grant deadline to create an account and troubleshoot any issues.

Travel and participation funding will be a reimbursement and sent once attendance has been confirmed. See question on Travel Reimbursement for further details on funding.

Eligibility

  • Recipients must be Idaho residents
  • K-12 public formal educators
  • K-12 public informal educators
  • PreK educators
  • Participant must show a W9 or business license if place of work is unfamiliar to STEM AC. STEM AC may ask for proof of employment at a state licensed business.
  • Public Libraries
  • Educational non-profits
  • Public-school students
  • Public-school substitute teachers, special education teachers, resource room aids, and support staff
  • Participant must be an employee of an Idaho public school district or charter

Each opportunity may vary, please view each individual opportunity for specifics. The Idaho State Constitution prevents the Idaho STEM Action Center from funding private, home-schooled, and parochial organizations, as well as out-of-state applicants.

Ineligibility

  • Noncompliant applicants
    • Primary contacts who have failed to meet the terms of any award agreement shall be ineligible to apply for future funding opportunities with the STEM AC until the primary contact completes all terms of the agreement. Failure to meet final reporting deadlines will result in a six-month noncompliant probationary term between November 15 and May 15 (and vice-versa), beginning on the final reporting date and ending on the respective date after completion of final reporting requirements
  • Preservice Educators
  • Educators currently back in school
  • If applicant loses their job between application submission and training
  • Observers unless an invited guest, sponsor, or legislator
  • Some restrictions may apply to repeat participants of a particular PD.
    • Due to the competitive nature of our opportunities, those that have attended a similar/related PD may not be eligible or may receive lower priority.

All funding, unless otherwise indicated on the application, will be sent to your district office or administrative organization.

Those awarded will receive an agreement within two weeks after selection notification. The following is required before funding will be processed and participation will be allowed.

  1. Return the signed agreement by whomever has authority by the deadline indicated in the email. Any agreement not returned by the deadline may result in your inability to participate. ALL agreements are required whether you are receiving funding or not.
  2. Funding may take up to 30 days to process and in rare cases may take longer.

Applications may be downloaded and/or printed from the Community Grants Portal.

  1. In order to receive travel reimbursement participant will need to complete all paperwork provided, return all required paperwork, and follow the STEM AC Travel Policy. After confirmation of your participation at the event, and all required paperwork is returned, STEM AC will submit your agreement for payment.
  2. Funding may take up to 30 days to process and in rare cases may take longer.

Please refer to the instructions available at the top of the check Our Opportunities page.

For additional assistance, please contact Crispin Gravatt.

For your program contact, please refer to your agreement letter.

SPONSORSHIPS, CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIPS, AND P3’S

Yes. For Sponsorships, including Conference Sponsorship, under $10,000 go to Our Opportunities webpage; create an account or login to the Grants Portal and fill out the Sponsorship or Conference Sponsorship form. For sponsorships over $10,000 please contact admin@stem.idaho.gov with details about your request. If you have a funding partner and would like to leverage funding, fill out the Public-Private Partnership (P3) Application. The STEM AC could match up to 50% of partner (organizations or industry) funds. Maximum STEM AC funding is $5,000. Funding is competitive and not guaranteed.

Note: The Sponsorship, Conference Sponsorship and Public-Private Partnerships are reviewed once a month. Please plan accordingly to your timeline.

STEM AC may have funding available to enhance your program and amplify your donor's funding if your program supports our mission. If you have a funding partner and would like to increase funding, fill out the Public-Private Partnership (P3) Application.

If your application is selected for funding, 100% of your partner donation(s), regardless of whether it is made to the STEM AC or the STEM AC Foundation, will go to your STEM program. STEM AC may match up to 50% of your donor's contribution, up to $5000, unless previously arranged with STEM AC. (The typical maximum request for this opportunity is a $5K STEM AC match of a $10K donation.) 

Eligibility:

  • Minimum donation: $1,000 from an industry/organization partner (i.e. workforce/businesses, nonprofits/foundations, university/colleges, government agencies, PTA/PTO, etc.)
  • Donations under $1,000 can be accepted only in addition to the minimum industry donation.
  • Proposals with primary donations from individuals, rather than from an organization/business, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and may be given lower funding priority.
  • Publicly-funded or nonprofit organizations are given priority status. Private organizations may be given lower funding priority.
  • Idaho State Constitution prevents us from funding parochial organizations.

Applicant qualifications:

  • Applicant is compliant with STEM AC reporting requirements
  • Program requested takes place in Idaho and serves Idaho residents
  • Requesting organization is a publicly-funded educational organization (schools, libraries, etc.) or a nonprofit organization providing educational programming (afterschool program, educational nonprofits, community centers, etc.) to receive priority status
  • Program requested is aligned with STEM AC mission
  • After eligibility is determined based on STEM AC guidelines for funding, first priority for the Public-Private Partnership opportunity goes to projects aligned to STEM AC’s strategic priorities (below) and the plan for measuring project outcomes.
    • Plan for recruiting/engaging with underrepresented populations
    • Learning outcomes reflect higher-level learning goals (aligned with Idaho Content Standards)
    • Sustainability/funding plan (for applicable programs)
    • Preferred reporting dates for sponsored programs are May or November, and programs should be no longer than 12 months
    • Teacher professional development and opportunities
    • College and career STEM pathways
    • Industry and workforce needs

Note: Public-Private Partnerships are reviewed once a month. Please plan accordingly to your timeline. For more information please visit the P3 webpage or contact admin@stem.idaho.gov.

W9 AND TAX CREDIT OR DEDUCTION

Most Idaho public school districts or charters do not need to submit a W9. You will be notified if a W-9 form is needed. All new vendors to the STEM Action Center will be required to complete a W-9 form.

  1. The most current revision of the form (2018) is required. Any other forms will not be accepted. Click here to download the 2018 version of the W-9 Form. (This is for new vendors or any vendors that have had a change in address, name, tax classification, etc.)
  2. The completed W-9 form must be dated within 90 days of receiving the form.
  3. All applicable fields on the form MUST be completed and accurate, (i.e. Section 1 must be completed as shown on your taxes and section 2 is required if your name or business name is different than what is shown in line 1. Section 3, if you choose Other, you must fill in whether you are 501 (c)(3), non-profit, etc.)
  4. All forms must be filled/signed with blue or black ink or submitted electronically.
  5. All forms must be signed and include a date with month, day, and year.
  6. W9’s may be faxed, 208-332-0306, or you may email your W-9 form to Sondra Chadd; however, if any part of the form is cut off, we cannot accept it. If you would rather send a hard copy, mail to Idaho STEM Action Center, Attn. Sondra Chadd, 802 W. Bannock Street, Ste. 900, Boise, ID 83702.

Donations made to the STEM Action Center qualify for an Idaho Education Tax Credit. If you itemize your taxes, a donation to the STEM Action Center allows income tax deductions on both your state and federal returns, plus a 50% Idaho income tax credit.

Education Tax Credit: Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law; Tax Credit for Charitable Contributions Idaho Code 63-3029A. For the full statute please click here.

Corporate Contributions can earn your organization half of the donation amount or 10% of your organization’s income up to $5,000.

Individual Donations can earn a credit for half the donation amount or half of your income tax up to $500 ($1,000 when filing jointly).

Example:

Contribution Amount $50 $100 $250 $500 $1000 $2000
Federal Tax Savings from Tax Deduction 12 25 63 125 250 500
Idaho State Tax Savings from Tax Deduction 4 7 19 37 74 148
Idaho Tax Credit 25 50 125 250 500 1000
Total Savings for the Year 41 82 207 412 824 1648
Your Actual Cost of the Gift 9 18 43 88 176 352

 

Want to donate to a 501(c)(3) non-profit? The STEM AC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations to the foundation are tax deductible for your state and federal taxes.

**Need more information or guidance? Work with your tax preparation expert or attorney to determine which is the best fit for you.**

STEM ACTION CENTER FOUNDATION

To raise and distribute funds for STEM education opportunities in Idaho for educators, students, and communities. Click here to be directed to the STEM Action Center Foundation webpage.

Yes. Click here for 501(c)(3) status letter. Employer Identification Number: 82-2903945

Click here to donate to the STEM Action Center or send a check to:

Idaho STEM Action Center
Attention: Sondra Chadd
802 W. Bannock Street, Ste. 900
Boise, ID 83702

Click here to donate to the STEM Action Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit or send a check to:

Idaho STEM Action Center Foundation
Attention: Sondra Chadd
802 W. Bannock Street, Ste. 900
Boise, ID 83702

 

i-STEM

This four-day STEM professional development program features strands taught by educators that provide high-quality, relevant and hands-on opportunities for fellow Idaho STEM educators. Participants receive a kit of materials so that they can implement what they have learned into their teaching environments. Strands vary by year but always cover K-12 STEM topics Participants also attend general sessions with keynote speakers and field trips. Professional development credit is available.

When: Last two weeks of June

Where: Six Flagship Idaho Locations (CWI, CSI, CEI, NIC, LCSC, ISU)

Click here for i-STEM or contact our i-STEM Coordinator for more information.

IMPACT, RESOURCES, & STEM AC PORTALS

The STEM AC impacts students, educators, and communities across Idaho. To give you a picture of our impact, we have put together an interactive which can help you see the funding and number of people impacted in communities across the Gem State.

Click here to view the Impact Map.

Please refer to our Resource Portal or MakerMinded website.

Yes! View our Resource Portal.

Yes. Email admin@stem.idaho.gov for specific opportunities.

A virtual platform to assist students and teachers in locating mentors for student projects. The online format allows mentors and students to connect over Idaho’s vast distances, providing those in rural and isolated communities the same opportunities as those in more populous areas.

Click here for the Mentor Recruitment Flyer

Click here for the Teacher Recruitment Flyer

Click here to register as a Mentor or contact our Mentor Coordinator for more information.

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