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Out of School STEM Programming Grant

Opportunity Goals & Objectives

Out-of-school (OST) STEM education providers are pivotal to Idaho students’ success in the coming years. After learning disruptions due to the effects of COVID, OST learning opportunities will help students catch up on unfinished learning and pave the way for future economic success.

Brief Description

Through funding received as a part of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERIII), the Idaho STEM Action Center and State Board of Education will support organizations providing out-of-school programming to boost student engagement and performance in STEM fields. These programs, when used to supplement in-school learning, should aim to help students catch up with their previous learning trajectory, especially for students disproportionately impacted by distance learning*.

Your organization can apply for funding support ranging from $2,500 to $50,000 for programming and activities integrating science, technology, engineering, math, computer science, and related fields of inquiry. Programs should be offered to students outside of traditional school hours, either before or after the school day starts, or during extended breaks such as summer or winter/spring break.

Need help connecting to resources as you design and run your program? The Idaho EcosySTEM is here to help! Find a variety of partners, access toolkits and activity plans, plug into trainings and professional learning communities, and more. And if you are looking for resources and tools around evidence-based programming and high-quality STEM, then check out the accordion below.

For other questions related to your application, eligibility, or anything else, don’t hesitate to contact the Erica Compton at erica.compton@stem.idaho.gov.

*These students include rural, low-income, Hispanic students, tribal communities. OST deserts.

STATUS: Open

FUNDING SCHEDULE

Round 1
Open: October 1, 2022
Close: October 31, 2022

Round 2
Open: January 19, 2023
Close: February 19, 2023

Round 3
Open: October 2023

Round 4
Open: February 2024

Program Partners

Requesting organization is a publicly-funded educational organization (schools, libraries, etc) or a nonprofit education organization (afterschool educational program, educational nonprofits, community centers, etc) which will offer programs and activities to address learning loss in the out of school space.

Grantees agree to collect program data required by STEM Action Center, Utah Education Policy Center, or our funding partners, the Idaho State Board of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. Grantees must document grant expenditures and submit a final expenditures file with the final report. Spending documentation must be submitted with the final report. Any grant funds not accounted for through documented spending must be returned to the STEM AC. If any budget items change more than 10%, grantee must submit approval form.

The funds for this opportunity will be going to support an out of school program (after school, before school, summer program, etc.) If you are not sure if your program qualifies for this grant, please contact us at admin@stem.idaho.gov before applying.

Please note that the Idaho State Constitution prevents us from funding parochial organizations

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