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The Idaho State Constitution prevents the Idaho STEM Action Center from funding private and parochial organizations, as well as out-of-state applicants.

To apply for a grant or funding opportunity, you must first create a new account in our Grants Portal.

For questions regarding funding opportunities, please contact grants@stem.idaho.gov.

EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

The STEM Action Center, in partnership with the Workforce Development Council, will be offering K-12 classroom teachers an exciting new opportunity: externships with local businesses! The pilot program will place selected teachers with companies related to their area of certification and require them to complete 200 hours of on-site, experiential learning. The hours must be completed between June 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019 (days/times to be determined by the teacher and the employer). Teachers will earn $5,000.00 as contractors through the STEM AC and will also be able to earn up to three professional development credits through Boise State University, or professional development credit. The goals of the program are to give teachers the opportunity to expand their skills to improve classroom instruction, as well as provide students with more opportunities after graduation.

The application is open through March 10, 2019. Thus far, businesses from aerospace, software development, banking, engineering, high tech, healthcare, food processing, outdoor recreation and virtual reality, among others, have signed up to take part. As this is a pilot program, only ten teachers will be selected for this first year and every effort will be made to provide the best fit for both the teacher and the employer.

i-STEM 2019 PARTICIPANT APPLICATION

Opportunity goals/objectives: The goal of the i-STEM PD Summer Institutes is to increase effective educator-student interactions by empowering Idaho educators to gain STEM content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and build local communities of learning to build student excitement for and interest in STEM and 21st-century learning and skills.

Brief description: i-STEM is a four-day professional development institute for formal and informal educators. During i-STEM, participants attend a workshop strand, participate in general sessions with keynote speakers, network with other STEM educators from across the state, and even may take a field trip related to their strand. Workshop strands are focused on high-quality, relevant, real-world, hands-on, and project-based opportunities for Idaho STEM educators. Participants receive professional development credits (see below) and leave with a kit of materials related to the strand workshop they attend. This year's theme is Project-Based Learning, with a focus on Idaho Content Standards!

Schedule:
Open: February 1
Close: March 4
Notification of Acceptance: late March
Final Registration & Payment Deadline: April 15*

*Registration and payment details will be sent to applicants with notification of acceptance.

Registration & Fees:

  • Registration for pre-service educators will be free.
  • Registration fee for Idaho educators associated with a publicly-funded educational organization or nonprofit is $50.
  • Registration fee for out-of-state educators, retired educators, homeschool and private educators, and others is $500.
  • If selected to participate, you will receive further instructions on how to pay the registration fee.

An undergraduate professional development credit will be available for free and a second graduate level professional development credit will be possible for an additional $60 upon completion of an assignment (TBD).

Travel Information:

Participants that travel 25+ miles to attend the closest institute are eligible to receive a travel reimbursement, following the guidelines below. Distance is measured from the participant’s organization (school, library, afterschool program) to the closest institute location. Participants must attend all four days of the institute to receive a travel reimbursement. The reimbursements will be distributed after the institute. Only public Idaho formal and informal educators and pre-service educators are eligible for travel reimbursements.

Travel One-Way to Closest Institute

  • 25-49 miles    $150.00
  • 50-149 miles  $700.00
  • 150+ miles     $900.00

Professional Development Credits:

Participants can purchase two graduate level professional development credits from Boise State University ($60/credit) for attending all four days of the i-STEM institute. Information and instructions on how to sign up for these credits will be provided during the institute. Credits will transcript Summer 2019.

An additional third credit can be purchased upon completion of a follow-up assignment in Fall 2019. This assignment will involve developing a content standard lesson plan based on the content learned in the workshop strand you attend. The details of this assignment are TBA. Information about the assignment will be discussed during the institute. Credit will transcript Fall 2019.

Institute Information:

i-STEM institutes take place at six flagship Idaho locations during the last two weeks of June:

Program Partners: Idaho State Department of Education, Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, Idaho Power, Intermountain Gas, Idaho National Laboratory, Micron Foundation, PCS Edventures

View the Scoring Rubric here: https://stem.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/iSTEM-2019-Participant-Application-Scoring-Rubric.pdf

THE FAMILY & CAREER STEM AWARENESS EVENT GRANT

Max funding per award: $1,000

Anticipated # of awards: 60

Opp goals/objectives: The goal of the Family & Career STEM Awareness Event Grant is to encourage family exploration of STEM topics to build awareness of and interest in STEM learning and career options.

Brief description: The Family & Career STEM Awareness Event Grant is available to publicly-funded and nonprofit educational organizations in Idaho looking to host an event to engage families and community members in STEM-related activities. Programs supported through this opportunity may be single-evening events or take place over several events. Educators can receive up to $1,000 to coordinate activities, food, and/or take-home materials for event attendees. Events may take place at any time during the 2019 calendar year.

Schedule:
Open: January 28
Close: Feb 20
Review: Feb 21 – March 6 or 10
Award notification: March 11

Bright Spots: https://stem.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/BrightSpots_GlennsFerry_Final.pdf

Tips & Tricks:
Successful applicants/programs from previous grants have:

  • Engaged volunteers from local groups
  • Incorporated multiple STEM subjects and/or centered the program around a theme (i.e. “Cycling,” “Healthcare,” etc)
  • Provided incentives for whole family involvement (i.e. food, prizes, take-home activities, etc)
  • Set aside time for participants to complete a brief survey (provided by STEM AC) either on paper or online

Program Partners: CableOne, Idaho Department of Health & Welfare

View the Scoring Rubric here: https://stem.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Family-Career-STEM-Awareness-Event-2019-Scoring-Rubric.pdf
Download the Budget Template here: https://stem.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Application-Budget-Template.xlsx

STUDENT COMPETITION TRAVEL SPONSORSHIP

Max funding per award: Up to $2,500 for in-state competitions, up to $5,000 for national competitions

Opp goals/objectives: The goal of this opportunity is to build student and educator investment in STEM initiatives by supporting Idaho student participation in STEM-related competitions on the state and national level.

Brief description: The Student Competition Travel Sponsorship is available for student STEM competition teams associated with a publicly-funded organization or nonprofit. Funding is allocated based on the guidelines provided below.

Schedule (open/close/review/award notification): Applications are reviewed monthly. Funding is awarded after STEM AC receives a signed sponsorship agreement, and processing may take up to 30 days. Please plan accordingly.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

STEM AC may match up to 50% of your sponsor's donation, up to $5000, unless previously arranged with STEM AC. (The average request for this opportunity is a $5K STEM AC match of a $10K donation.) Your external donation amount must be a minimum of $1,000 per donor to qualify for this opportunity.

Funding decisions are made around the 15th of each month, with notifications going out by the end of the month. Note that it can take up to 45 days to process the request and get the funds to you. Please plan accordingly.

After eligibility is determined based on STEM AC guidelines for funding, first priority for the Public-Private Partnership opportunity goes to STEM industry/business/organization donors. Funding prioritization will then be based on the proposed project’s alignment to STEM AC’s strategic priorities (below) and the plan for measuring project outcomes.

The Idaho STEM Action Center’s enabling legislation focuses on five broad areas:

  • Student learning and achievement (including underrepresented populations)
  • Student access to STEM including equity issues
  • Teacher professional development and opportunities
  • College and career STEM pathways
  • Industry and workforce needs

Your sponsor(s) can receive:

  1. An Idaho education tax credit by donating to the STEM AC (information here). Please request your sponsor(s) make the donation check out to Idaho STEM Action Center and send to 802 W. Bannock St., Suite 701, Boise, ID 83702.
    OR
  2. A federal tax deduction by donating to our 501(c)(3) non-profit STEM AC Foundation. Please request your sponsor(s) make the donation check out to Idaho STEM Action Center Foundation and send to 802 W. Bannock St., Suite 701, Boise, ID 83702.

100% of the donation(s), regardless of whether it is made to the STEM AC or the STEM AC Foundation, will go to your STEM program.

In order to qualify for matching funds, you must have secured outside funding that can be run through the STEM Action Center or the STEM Action Center Foundation.

If you have any questions, please contact grants@stem.idaho.gov. For donations over $10K, please contact the STEM AC at admin@stem.idaho.gov prior to submitting your application.

CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIPS

This STEM AC funding is available to sponsor conferences with a STEM focus. Please note that programs available through other STEM AC opportunities do not qualify for sponsorship- please wait for the relevant opportunity to open (including Computer Science Device Grant, PK12 Innovative STEM Project Grant, Camp & Out-of-School Program Support Grant, Family STEM/Career Awareness Grant, Student Competition Travel Grant, and others).

If you are not sure if your program qualifies for sponsorship, please contact grants@stem.idaho.gov before applying.

Eligibility: Publicly-funded educational organizations such as schools, libraries, after-school educational programs, educational nonprofits/community centers conducting STEM education-related programs

Funding decisions will be made around the 15th of each month, with notifications going out by the end of the month. Note that it can take up to 45 days to process the request and get the funds to you. Please plan your timeline accordingly.

Funding prioritization will be based on the proposed project’s alignment to STEM AC’s strategic priorities (below) and the plan for measuring project outcomes.

The Idaho STEM Action Center’s enabling legislation focuses on five broad areas:

Student learning and achievement (including underrepresented populations)

Student access to STEM including equity issues

Teacher professional development and opportunities

College and career STEM pathways

Industry and workforce needs