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Grants to Massachusetts Schools and Curriculum
Providers to Enhance Science Education

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Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)

Deadline Date:

03/31/21 12:00 PM


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Grants to Massachusetts schools and nonprofit curriculum providers to enhance science education for students throughout the State. Funding is intended for capital purchases and training resources for educators. The funding source is especially interested in supporting applicants that will further its goal of supporting a trained workforce suitable for employment in the life sciences, as well as the education of students wishing to pursue degrees in STEM subjects.

The MLSC seeks to further advance and expand life sciences education at Massachusetts public high schools and middle schools through implementation of project and inquiry-based curriculum. This year, MLSC will award grant funding to schools and curriculum providers for the purpose of teacher professional development and the purchase of equipment, materials, supplies, and technology needed to support new or expanded curriculum. Funding will enable schools to educate students in real-world scenarios that will prepare them for career opportunities in the life sciences. Funding for teacher professional development will ensure that educators receive the technical training needed to effectively use newly acquired equipment and technology.

Investments made through this program seek to expand access to STEM equipment, curriculum, and professional development, increase educational equity and help close the achievement and opportunity gaps, train a diverse STEM workforce pipeline, support the implementation of Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering Standards, increase student achievement and interest in STEM, increase awareness of life sciences careers, improve college & career readiness, and leverage partnerships.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138478

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request grant funding of up to $200,000 (up to $100,000 per high school and up to $50,000 per middle school) for capital expenses (including equipment, materials, supplies, and technology), and up to $40,000 (up to $20,000 per school) for professional development.

Term of Contract:

Through this solicitation, grants are to be awarded for Fiscal Year 2022. All equipment, materials, supplies, and/or technology must be shipped to grant recipients between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Funding for professional development can be expended through December 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be at least one of the following:
- Vocational technical high school as determined by Chapter 74 of the General Laws of Massachusetts or a comprehensive public high school with a life sciences Chapter 74 program.
- Public middle schools or high schools (including charter schools) located in one of the following “Gateway Cities” as determined by Section 3A of Chapter 23A of the General Laws of Massachusetts: Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, and Westfield, and Worcester.
- Public high schools or middle schools (including charter schools) with a student population of at least 25% classified as “economically disadvantaged” by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- Non-profit curriculum provider, with a presence in Massachusetts, delivering STEM curriculum and teacher professional development to schools that meet any of the above-stated criteria.

For schools belonging to a district, the district must be the applicant and only one application can be submitted per school district. Districts must submit applications that reflect district-wide resource needs and promote curriculum alignment.

Funding is not permitted for indirect costs, travel, conference registration, curriculum subscription fees, or substitute teachers.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Awards will be announced June 2021.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have any questions regarding the application process, e-mail:

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
1075 Main Street, Suite 100

Waltham, MA 02451

Tel: 781-373-7777
Fax: 781-207-2686

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