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K-8 STEM Initiative Enhancement Project

Grants to Mississippi K-8 Public Schools for STEM
Enrichment Programs and Teacher Training

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE)

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Deadline Date:

10/29/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $30,000 per school to Mississippi K-8 public schools and school districts to integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related activities and programs into the classroom curricula. Funding is intended to support student success and advance student achievement including but not limited to:

  • Providing for the necessary equipment, software, and connectivity hardware for awarded school districts.
  • Examples of allowable expenses for this grant include, but are not limited to computer science initiatives, engineering, robotics, enhancements for science labs, teacher training, or equipment. 

The purpose of the K-8 STEM Initiative Enhancement Project is to establish and/or enhance existing STEM-related programs in Kindergarten through 8th grade. These activities should be extensions of the current Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness math and science standards, including computer science.

This competitive grant is seeking applicants who will implement STEM activities into their classrooms and coursework while providing technology upgrades and educator training to implement STEM applications. Priority will be given to schools implementing engineering, computer science, robotics, and other project-based STEM activities to expand the current Mississippi College and Career Ready framework for math and/or science K-8. MDE seeks programs that enhance or expand current offerings for all students, not stand-alone programs for a small cohort.

The goal of the K-8 STEM Initiative Enhancement Project is for schools to provide students an enriched and rigorous early exposure to STEM-related experiences.

Applicants are also obligated under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to ensure that their proposed community learning center program is accessible to persons with disabilities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183092

Estimated Size of Grant:

It is the intent of MDE to award each district that may submit applications for up to four (4) schools per district, not to exceed $30,000 per school, limiting any school district to an application not to exceed $120,000. Any public school may submit an application to not exceed $30,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant award will be when all parties sign to June 30, 2020. Districts must request grant funding for expenses by July 15, 2020.

A subgrant award is made available for an approved project period up to 1-year contingent upon the availability of continued funding, and evidence of progress as documented in the annual evaluation report.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public school with a configuration including grade bands K-8 is eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

All entities planning to apply should submit a Notice of Intent to Apply. (Attachment A) The Notice of Intent to Apply should be received by the Friday, October 18, 2019 deadline. The Notice of Intent to Apply is not required to apply but may be necessary to assist the MDE in planning purposes and preparation for application scoring.

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is Thursday, October 11, 2019, at 5:00 PM.

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

Tentative timeline:
- September 19, 2019 - September 26, 2019: RFA Issued – Email and Post to MDE Website/Newspaper
- October 11, 2019: Deadline for submitting questions
- October 15, 2019: Questions will be posted to the MDE website
- October 18, 2019: Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply
- October 29, 2019, by 5:00 PM: Applications due
- November 1, 2019: Application review
- December 19, 2019: State Board of Education approval
- December 20, 2019: Notification of awards (contingent on State Board approval)
- April 1, 2020: Budget Revisions due (if needed)
- April 15, 2020: Authorization to expend, pending approved revisions

Contact Information:

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

Notices of Intent to Apply should be sent to:
Mississippi Department of Education
K-8 STEM Initiative Enhancement Grant
Office of Career and Technical Education
PO Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771

Applications can be hand-delivered to:
Monique Corley, Director Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
K-8 STEM Initiative Enhancement Project
Central High School Building, Suite 307
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

or shipped to:
Monique Corley, Director Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
K-8 STEM Initiative Enhancement Project
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Contact: Rozelia Harris
Phone: 601.359.3974

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USA: Mississippi