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Robotics Program

Grants to Maryland Public Schools and Nonprofits
to Expand School Robotics Clubs and Programs

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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

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Grants averaging $10,000 to Maryland public schools and nonprofits partnering with public schools to expand and improve school robotics clubs and programs. The purpose of this program is to assist local schools in engaging with the potential of emerging technologies in order to improve student outcomes and better prepare all students for 21st-century workforce needs.

The robotics program or club may take place:
-Before or after the school day;
-On weekends and holidays; or
-During the school day.

To be considered for funding, proposals must include:
-Qualified key personnel, including club sponsor;
-Student access to essential technologies and materials;
-Activities aligned to recognized robotics standards, curriculum, or instructional programs;
-Schedule of meeting dates and location;
-Evidence of compliance with Local Education Agency (LEA) safety and privacy policies, including those related to non-system employees; and
-Equivalent access for students with disabilities regarding location, technologies, and digital resources.

Priority will be given to projects that incorporate one or more of the following:
-Schools and nonprofit partnerships, and/or
-Schools without existing programs.

Fundable activities include, but are not limited to:
-Purchase of high-level technology and equipment that support robotics program;
-Purchase of materials and supplies to support robotics programs;
-Substitute teacher fees or faculty stipends (stipends are allowable only for work performed outside the regular work day and based on LEA policy); and
-Enrollment and membership in robotics related competitions and organizations.

The General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), Section 427:
Each application must develop and describe the steps such applicant proposes to take to ensure equitable access to, and equitable participation in, the project or activity to be conducted with such assistance, by addressing the special needs of students, teachers, and other program beneficiaries in order to overcome barriers to equitable participation.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181717

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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Grants: Twenty-five

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Average Grant Amount: $10,000

Term of Contract:

Length of Grants: September 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Public school with existing robotics programs
-Nonprofit entity partnering with a public school to support an existing robotics program
-Public school developing a robotics program
-Nonprofit entity partnering with a public school to develop a robotics program

Non-fundable activities include:
-Construction of temporary or permanent structures
-Purchase of equipment for administrative purposes
-Renting or maintaining building space

Cost(s) incurred prior to the approval of the grant may not be funded through the award.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A technical assistance meeting will be held on June 20, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is August 9, 2017.

Notification of awards will be sent by mail on August 23, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

Val Emrich

Bruce Lesh

Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland