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K-8 STEM Initiative Enhancement Project

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

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

01/14/19 5:00 PM CST Receipt

Description:

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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 teacher training, equipment and materials, science lab enhancements, technology upgrades, robotics, and engineering and computer science initiatives.

The importance of STEM education cannot be understated. To meet evolving industry needs, students must be exposed to STEM activities at a much earlier age. Children are naturally curious problem solvers but need to be exposed to real-world activities that relate to the math and science curricula.

The purpose of the K-8 STEM Initiative Enhancement Project, launched by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Career and Technical Education, is to establish and 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.

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.

This grant program supports schools 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.

Priority will be given for schools that demonstrate the need for implementation of STEM activities to improve student achievement and for districts that show their commitment to sustaining the project after the grant ends, and applications that show priority to non-traditional students. Grant dollars will be used for teacher training and purchasing equipment and materials to support implementation of STEM activities, or any demonstrated STEM need.

Evaluation Criteria:

A. Project Description (25 points)
B. Assurances (10 points)
C. Intervention (15 points)
D. Facility Readiness (5 points)
E. Collaboration & Support (15 points)
F. Evaluation (10 points)
G. Budget (20 points)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183092

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant award for an application is $30,000 per school and limited to $120,000 (4 schools) per district.

Term of Contract:

With a fully executed grant agreement, the Mississippi Department of Education will begin reimbursing districts after January 1, 2019.

Districts must request grant funding for expenses by July 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:

Any public school with a configuration including grade bands K - 8 is eligible to apply. For example, (K - 2, K - 4, 3 - 5 or 5 - 8, etc.); however, applications are limited to four (4) schools per district. This project is targeted for grades Kindergarten through eighth (8th) grade.

Mississippi Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Districts will be responsible for all travel costs and expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

One (1) original and five (5) copies of the application must be received by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time on Monday, January 14, 2019.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the competitive applications are delivered by the deadline and assumes all risks of delivery. Applications and modifications received in the room after the time designated in the RFA or RFP will be considered late and will not be considered for an award.

Tentative Timeline:

December 11, 2018: RFA Issued Email and Post to the MDE Website
January 14, 2019: Applications Due
January 21, 2019: Evaluation of Applications
March 21, 2019: Estimated Notice of Awards
When all parties sign: Grant Activity Begins

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Copies of all questions submitted, and responses will be posted to MDE’s website (www.mdek12.org) under the Public Notices section and will be available to the general public on Wednesday, January 2, 2018.

With a fully executed grant agreement, the Mississippi Department of Education will begin reimbursing districts after January 1, 2019.

Each district must submit a brief Assurances Narrative detailing specific information (e.g., a timeline for training, district incentives, and/or other creative supports) that show how the school submitting the K-8 STEM Initiative Enhancement Project application will comply with the assurances required. (See pages 12-13 of the RFP listed in Supporting Documents below.)

Applicants shall acknowledge receipt of any amendment to the solicitation by signing and returning the requisite form with the application. (See Supporting Documents below.)

The Office of Career and Technical Education will guide you through the process of reimbursement throughout the grant period.

Questions concerning the RFA/RFP should be sent to Jennifer Nance via email.

Contact Information:

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

Hand Deliver Applications to:

Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
K-8 STEM Initiative Enhancement Grant Project
Central High School, Suite 307
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS
(DO NOT OPEN)

Ship Applications to (FedEx, UPS, etc.) :

Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
K-8 STEM Initiative Enhancement Grant Project
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
(DO NOT OPEN)

For questions, email:

Jennifer Nance
Phone: 601.359.3974
Fax: 601.359.3518
jennifernance@mdek12.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi