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Seed Grants - Type I and Type II

Grants to Alabama and Tennessee K-12 Teachers in
Eligible Counties for Hands-On STEM Projects

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Science and Technology Education and Training (STEDTRAIN) Committee

Deadline Date:

04/01/19 11:59 PM (Midnight)


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Grants ranging from $200 to $1,000 and grants ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 to Alabama and Tennessee K-12 teachers in eligible counties for new STEM projects or programs. Funding is intended for hands-on learning, student teamwork, or students teaching their peers. Activities and programs should expose students to STEM learning and careers in a unique way.

Schools in Jackson, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, and Limestone Counties in Alabama and Lincoln County in Tennessee are eligible to apply.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the STEDTRAIN Program includes the three-year old more challenging class of grants that may qualify for awards of $1500 to $2500, Type II Enhanced Seed Grant. The program also retains the original range of $200 to $1000. A teacher may apply for one or two, but only one of the two classes of grants will be awarded to a successful applicant.

STEDTRAIN seeks Seed Grant applications that propose innovative projects that "seed" an enthusiasm in students for STEM education in the several contexts, to include Bloom’s taxonomy, enhancing technology awareness and interest, and workforce careers. The projects must involve hands-on activities by the students, and can be either in-class or extracurricular. Think of the excitement when students learn something they had not expected, to include new and innovative ways of learning, new concepts, technologies and applications, and the challenges of working together to expand and apply their STEM experiences in new and exciting ways.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179764

Estimated Size of Grant:

Type I Standard Seed grant: $200 to $1,000
Type II Enhanced Seed grant: $1,500 to $2,500

In no case will a grant value exceeding $2500 be awarded.

Term of Contract:

Grants are intended for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All K-12 teachers currently employed in public and private non-profit, tax-exempt State approved schools or school groups in Jackson, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, and Limestone Counties in Alabama and Lincoln County in Tennessee are eligible to apply.

While grant funds may be used for the purchase of materials, software, or equipment to further the objectives of the proposal, the project or program is the only part that will be ranked. Thus, a grant request for an Ipad, Kindle, Elmo, Activboard, Promethian board, or computer program that does not directly support a specific innovative project or program will not be funded.

Grant funds may not be used for providing for substitute teachers, travel, accommodations, conference or competition fees, trophies, televisions, office furniture or supplies, classroom equipment, supplies, or shipping and handling costs. Including these items will lower the ranking. If a grant were to be awarded, the funds associated with such items will be withheld from that grant.

Proposals for continuation of previously funded projects will be considered only if sufficient funds are available after funding of all qualified proposals for new projects, and the proposals meet the evaluation criteria.

Pre-Application Information:

- STEDTRAIN will begin accepting proposals on February 1, 2019
- Proposal Deadline Date for teachers: No Later than 11:59:59 PM (midnight), April 1, 2019
- Principal Approval Deadline is midnight, April 3, 2019
- The deadline for reporting problems is midnight, April 15, 2019
- Awards published and notices sent on or about August 5th
- Deadline to accept awards: 15 days after notification
- Deadline to verify award ceremony attendance: 3 days before the ceremony
- Award Ceremony: Usually the last Saturday in August except Labor Day Weekend, August 24, 2019

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Proposal Guidelines:

Proposal Form Instructions:

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Type I Example Application Form:

Type II Example Application Form:

Contact Information:

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

Choose the appropriate method to apply online:

Ron Hackett

P.O. Box 1964
Huntsville, AL 35807

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama: Jackson, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, and Limestone Counties;   Tennessee: Lincoln County