STEM Grant
The STEM Innovation Grant was created to fund programs that inspire and encourage Pre-K-12 students to pursue their interest and curiosity in STEM.

Eligible Organizations/Schools:

Nonprofit Charitable Organizations classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service.

Public School Districts, Private/Public Elementary, and/or Secondary Schools with STEM-specific programming.

Please note, the grant must be written for a program/project that serves Pre-K-12 students within the U.S..


Eligible Programs:

Our STEM Grant Selection Committee is looking to fund programs or projects that offer students:

  • An innovative (i.e. unique) approach to learning STEM
  • Developmentally-appropriate STEM curriculum and/or resources
  • Activities that support real-life application of STEM knowledge

We support funding innovative pilot programs as well as long-proven STEM programs around the U.S.


Grant Funding:

For the 2022 Grant Cycle, we have changed it up so check it out:

5 grants will be chosen and awarded by 5 different Colocation America Staff Members. Each of these Staff Members will have $1,500 to award to their organization of choice.

In addition, the STEM Grant Committee Member will award 4-10 grants ($2,000 - $7,500 per a project).

Please note, one organization can be awarded through the Staff Members and the STEM Grant Committee.


Use of Funding:

Funds awarded through the grant may be used to in the following ways:

  • Tools/Equipment
  • Stipends for Staff
  • Field trips
  • Travel expenses (e.g. buses)
  • Curriculum Development and/or Purchase
  • Professional Development

The following are not supported by this grant:

  • Meals/Refreshments
  • Conference Fees

Funds must be utilized no later than September 1, 2023.


Timeline:

Letter of Intent Deadline: May 13, 2022

STEM Grant Finalist Selected: Ongoing basis until May 22, 2022

"Lunch & Learn" Mandatory Call: 1 Hour (May 24, May 26, June 1, or June 3 – varies times)

STEM Grant Finalist Application Deadline for Finalist: July 8, 2022

Awardees Announced by August 5th, 2022 with funds received in by August 26, 2022


Application Process:

For the 2022 Grant Cycle, we have changed it up so check it out:

Step 1: Fill Out “Letter of Intent” Form by May 13, 2022

Step 2: Wait for Decision – Are You a Finalist? Decision is Ongoing *those who submit their Letter of Intent on May 13, 2022 will hear back no later than May 22, 2022

If Selected as Finalist:

Step 3: Attend “Lunch & Learn” Mandatory Call *dates & times chosen when filling out the Letter of Intent

Step 4: Submit STEM Grant Finalist Application by July 8, 2022

Step 5: Wait for Decision – Are You a 2022 Grantee? Decision will be made no later than August 5, 2022


Selection Process:

For the 2022 Grant Cycle, we have changed it up so check it out:

The Letter of Intent will be reviewed by our Corporate Responsibility Team. This team will be tasked with choosing Finalist based on the following criteria:

  1. Is the organization a 501(c)3 or a public school/school district?
  2. Does the program/project serve Pre-K – 12th Grade Students in the U.S.?
  3. Did the organization follow the instructions as outlined in the Letter of Intent form?
  4. Did the organization thoroughly and thoughtfully answer each question?

After being selected as a Finalist, an organization representative must attend the "Lunch & Learn" Mandatory Call on the date/time selected in the Letter of Intent form. If an organization must change the date, they must notify Colocation America by emailing [email protected]

The STEM Grant Finalist Applications will be, first, reviewed by the Corporate Responsibility Team and other appointed Colocation America Staff Members. These individuals will determine the top 30 organizations. Each application is reviewed and scored based on a rubric.

The top 30 organizations will then be reviewed by Colocation America STEM Grant Selection Committee and the 5 Chosen Employees. Each application is reviewed and scored based on a rubric.


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