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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and Libraries for K-12 STEM Education Programs

STEM Education Grants

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Bayer Fund

Deadline Date:

08/31/22 11:59 PM Central Time


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Grants to USA and Puerto Rico nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and libraries in eligible regions for programs to advance K-12 STEM education. Applicants must contact the funding source to obtain an invitation code to apply. Applications will be accepted for both new and existing programs. All eligible organizations must be located within approximately 55 miles of a U.S. Bayer site location.

Bayer has locations in the following states and territories: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Puerto Rico.

Bayer Fund supports high-quality educational programming by nonprofit organizations that enable access to knowledge and information and empower students and teachers in communities around the nation, with a focus on furthering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education. Priority is given to programs that take place during the school day, but also includes after school and summer programs, technical training programs, and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs.

The in-school educational programs the Bayer Fund supports target grades K-12 and under-served students (50%+ students qualify for free/reduced lunch) and take place during the school day. The after school and summer programs the Bayer Fund supports include those offered by youth development organizations that take place outside of the regular school day which provide students in grades K-12 with opportunities to enhance their skills and interests through exposure to STEM fields.

Roughly 30% of Bayer Fund giving goes towards new annual requests to advance K-12 STEM education.

Bayer Fund supports programs that are focused on:

  • Curriculum Improvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math (STEM)
  • Innovative Uses of Technology to Enhance STEM (or STEAM) Learning or Instruction
  • Equipment or Materials to Enhance STEM Learning or Instruction
  • Professional Development for Teachers or School Leaders to Enhance STEM Learning or Instruction
  • Enrichment Programming to Enhance STEM Learning (such as reading/comprehension)
  • Agriculture training programs for students that take place during the school day
  • Providing students with opportunities to enhance skills and interest through exposure to STEM fields

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178171

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant award amounts vary, depending on the size of the community, the type of programming, and the reach/impact of the organization. Bayer Fund typically will not support grants that are larger than 25% of your organization’s operating budget.

Term of Contract:

Grant seekers applying for grants in the first cycle should have a project start date no earlier than June 1, and those applying during the second cycle should have a project start date no earlier than December 1. All programs must be completed within one year of the start date, except in limited situations where longer term programs have been agreed upon.

Bayer rarely funds multi-year grants. If the success of your program depends on a timeline of greater than one year, you should discuss this with your Bayer Fund contact.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Organizations who hold a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and have been operating as such for a minimum of two years. To insure roles/responsibilities/commitments are established, all nonprofits working in schools must upload a completed Partnership Agreement (example included in application)
- Organizations who are units of government under Section 170(c)(1), such as public schools, libraries, villages, and municipalities. Individual schools must apply through their School District office (districts, not individual schools), unless private or independent as noted. Private or independent schools may apply for this program, provided that admission is open to all students in a given community, and at least 50 percent of the students served by the school qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch.
- The nonprofit must be experienced and reputable; Bayer Fund does not work with start-up organizations
- The nonprofit must be financially sound
- Organizations must be located within approximately 55 miles of an eligible Bayer community and the program must serve where a Bayer site is located.

What will Bayer Fund not fund?
- Endowments
- Debt retirements
- Political, labor, and fraternal organizations
- Consumer or governmental lobbying or advocacy
- Veterans’ organizations classified as 501(c)(4) (if classified as 501(c)(3) are eligible)
- Benefits, dinners, advertisements (sponsorships)
- Promotion of religious beliefs
- Trade or business associations
- Grants for individual aid or personal support
- Activities that directly support marketing programs
- Projects in which Bayer Fund or Bayer has a financial interest, or from which either one could derive a financial benefit
- Organizations that could purchase, dispense or prescribe Bayer products or their affiliated foundations (e.g., hospitals, medical schools, health care providers, pharmacies)
- Organizations that do not comply with our Non-Discrimination Policy
- As a programmatic foundation, Bayer Fund does not fund infrastructure costs of organizations

Pre-Application Information:

Bayer accepts applications from organizations serving Bayer communities during two periods annually. Eligible communities are listed on the grant program webpage. The first period (the majority of funding) opens January 1 and closes February 28 at 11:59:59pm Central Time (CT) with funding decisions made in May/June. The second period (typically only open in Bayer's larger communities) opens July 1 and closes August 31 at 11:59:59pm CT with funding decisions made in November/December.

Applications to Bayer Fund are by invitation only. Bayer prefers to have a conversation with grant seekers, and/or have information on the program being requested for funding prior to an application being completed. If Bayer is unable to support your program, Bayer would rather tell you upfront so that your valuable time can be spent serving the community rather than writing an application that Bayer cannot fund. Invitation codes can be requested from the Bayer site in your community or through the Contact Us page in Contact Information below.

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 need an invitation code to access the application, please contact the Bayer Fund representative in your location. See

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Grant Coverage Areas:

For a list of eligible communities, click on "Eligible Communities" on the URL for Full Text link below.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona;   California;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Louisiana;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Missouri;   Nebraska;   New Jersey;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Pennsylvania;   Texas;   Washington

Array ( [0] => Puerto Rico (USA); )

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA);

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