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Girls Empowerment Initiative

Grants to California, Massachusetts, and Texas Nonprofits
in Eligible Cities for STEM Education for Girls

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Applied Materials Foundation

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Grants to California, Massachusetts, and Texas nonprofit organizations to promote STEM education and career paths for girls from underrepresented ethnicities. Eligible communities include Austin, Texas; Santa Clara County, California; and Gloucester, Massachusetts.

While Applied Materials and the Applied Materials Foundation have invested in education programs in low-income communities for over more than a decade, the specific challenges faced by young girls as they explore future career paths necessitate a more targeted strategy, including addressing issues of self-confidence, lack of female role models, and limited access to high-quality STEM programs.

In response to this challenge, in June 2018, the Applied Materials Foundation launched an evidence-based, three-year grantmaking initiative, funding organization and programs working to eliminate negative societal factors, such as stereotype threat or gender bias, that prevent girls from learning more about fields where women are traditionally underrepresented.

Programs funded will:

- Address girls’ lack of self-efficacy and confidence
- Positively change perceptions about traditional gender stereotypes as they pertain to future career decisions
- Increase access to high-quality STEM programs
- Build capacity of organizations or the field to address the above topics

Programs funded must:

- Serve low-income girls or girls from ethnicities typically underrepresented in tech companies ages 5 through 18 (grades K – 12) or, if capacity building, serve organizations that focus on this population.
- Operate in Santa Clara County, California; Austin, Texas; or Gloucester, Massachusetts.
- Be evidence-based and/or aligned with current research.
- Not be currently funded by Applied Materials or the Applied Materials Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184074

Term of Contract:

While this is a three-year initiative, programs will be chosen and funded annually through an open-competitive grantmaking program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations should:

- Be a 501(c)(3) charity in good standing with the IRS
- Have the capacity and desire for program participants to engage with Applied Materials employees
- Offer services without discrimination toward any group or individual

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due to Applied Materials Foundation August 15, 2018. Applicants will receive a response by October 1.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Santa Clara County;   Massachusetts: Gloucester;   Texas: Austin