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SSP Elementary School Science Olympiad Program (ESSOP) Grant

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 $2,500 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 program 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. First-time applicants will receive first consideration for grant money.

The purpose of the SSP Elementary School Science Olympiad Program (ESSOP) is to excite, inspire, challenge, and foster the fun side of science for all elementary students of all abilities. The ESSOP provides information, manuals, training, and grant money for teachers and administrators to promote Science Olympiad programs in their schools or districts.

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. Each event, either competitive or non-competitive in design, meets the current National Science Standards, as well as the Science Standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164305

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants up to $2,500 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.

Previous grant recipient applications will be reviewed and awarded grant money based on prior grants awarded and budget allowances.

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:

The deadline for grant applications is February 26, 2021.

Grants are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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. 215

Please contact Penny Gardner, 2020-2021 ESSOP Chair, at - subject line: ESSOP or Colleen Felentzer, SSP Coordinator, at 412-825-3220 ext. 215 with any questions or concerns.

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USA: Pennsylvania: Western Pennsylvania

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