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2017-2018 Elementary School Science Olympiad Program (ESSOP) Grants

Grants to Western Pennsylvania Teachers and
Administrators to Develop Science Competition Programs

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Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP)

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Western Pennsylvania teachers and administrators to establish inclusive science competition programs in their elementary/middle schools or districts. Funding may be used to acquire materials and equipment for the competition. The goal of the funding is to assist students of all levels to succeed in science by making it fun and exciting. It is designed for students in grades four through six; however, it can be adapted to include lower grade levels.

The ESSOP Program is not meant to provide a competitive event for an elite few top science students, but to help promote science education for all students of all abilities within your school. A Science Olympiad consists of different hands-on events where students take an active role in exploring science topics related to the school’s science curriculum. The events can be scheduled to occur as half-day up to three-day competitions.

Grant amounts will be awarded based on:
-Number of students who participate
-Types of equipment and materials needed
-Number of days devoted to Olympiad activities

First-time applicants will receive first consideration for grant money.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164305

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants up to $3,000 per school will be awarded for equipment and materials related to the Olympiad.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Teachers and administrators of elementary/middle schools in Western Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.

Grant money will NOT be awarded for standard school supplies (e.g., tape, paper clips, paper), grocery items, awards (e.g., trophies or medals), fee-based guest speakers, lab coats, storage tubs, t-shirts, AV, or computer equipment.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2018

Download the application from Supporting Documents below.

The SSP-ESSOP committee will submit the approved equipment and supply requests. You are limited to using only these providers. One company per page of the grant.
- Nasco
-Classroom Direct
- Fisher Scientific

Contact Information:

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

Email (preferred), or fax the completed application form to:

SSP Elementary School Science Olympiad Program
300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 332
Pittsburgh, PA 15235-5503
FAX: (412) 825-3224
PHONE: (412) 825-3220 ext. 212

Please contact Penny Gardner, 2017-18 ESSOP Chairman, at or Amy Bovino, SSP Administrative Assistant, at 412-825-3220 x 212 or at with any questions or concerns.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Western Pennsylvania