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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs, Agencies, and Aerospace Industries for STEM and Space Projects

Special Initiatives Program (SIP) Grant


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Funding Source
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Wisconsin

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/05/24 - Deadline for Academic Year 2024-2025 Programs Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Wisconsin nonprofit aerospace associations, K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, aerospace industries, and government agencies for educational projects with space-related STEM content. Funding is intended to attract, encourage, or retain underrepresented groups in STEM fields, especially minorities, women, and people with disabilities. Project proposals should include metrics that clearly measure project outcomes, not just the number of participants.

Projects should meet the following objectives for members of underrepresented groups:

  1. Raise the level of exposure and interest of K-12 teachers, students, and the general public in space, aerospace, and space-related science, design, or technology and its potential benefits; and/or increase interest, recruitment, experience and training of underrepresented pre-college students in the pursuit of space- or aerospace-related science, design, or technology.
  2. Demonstrate self-sustaining and/or replicable capabilities.
  3. Improve the STEM pipeline by creating a program/project designed to include primarily underserved and/or underrepresented students or the teachers who specifically teach federally recognized underrepresented communities.

For information about allowable costs, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants who meet the following requirements can apply for this grant:
- Any established organization (e.g. K-12 and higher education schools, aerospace industries, government agencies, non-profit aerospace associations, etc.)

Field trips will only be considered as a minor component of a project, and only if they are necessary to the project goals.

For information about unallowable costs, see:

NASA (WSGC is a NASA-funded organization) does not accept the purchase of capital items as reasonable use of funds for this program. Consult the applicant’s institutional policies on what constitutes a capital purchase. Visits by active astronauts cannot be funded as these visits are generally arranged through the Astronaut Office and are typically free of charge to the requesting organization.

Pre-Application Information
Summer 2024 Programs
- Applications Open: August 11, 2023
- Application Deadline: October 9, 2023
- Award Announcements: December 1, 2023
- Award Cycle: January 1 - August 31, 2024

Academic Year 2024-2025 Programs
- Applications Open: November 1, 2023
- Application Deadline: February 5, 2024
- Award Announcements: May 4, 2024
- Award Cycle: July 1, 2024 - May 31, 2025

Minimum 50% cost-share contribution

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $5,000

Contact Information
To Apply:
Create a NASA STEM GATEWAY account
(applicants will be required to update profile information annually).

Create a WSGC account
(applicants will be required to update profile information annually).

Sign into your WSGC account and submit an application and supporting documents to Specia Iniativies Program
(applicants may apply to multiple funding programs)

Bojan Ljubenko, Ph.D.
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Associate Director for Special Initiatives
Phone. 920-924-3184

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha WI 53140
Phone: 262-551-6054

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