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Governor’s STEM Initiative Mini-Grant Application

The Governor’s STEM Initiative and the West Virginia Office of Education and the Arts are pleased to announce that the Governor’s STEM Initiative Mini-Grant Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2017. STEM Mini-Grant projects may take place throughout the summer and fall 2017.

The mini-grant program supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education projects and programs throughout West Virginia that serve the PreK-12th grade student population and encourages educators (in both school and outside of school settings) to integrate STEM disciplines in their curriculum and educational programming. 

​Those projects that are awarded grant funding focus on building critical and creative thinking and analytical skills by providing a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, and math. These strong STEM learning opportunities include inquiry, technology, and project-based learning activities and lessons that are tied to the real-world. 

Through this grant program, applicants may request up to $3,000 to implement or expand a STEM education project or program.

​Applications and questions may be submitted electronically to by June 5, 2017. 

Applications submitted by mail must be post marked by June 5, 2017.

You may access the application in either a Word document or PDF below:

STEM Mini-Grant Application_Summer 2017.docxSTEM Mini-Grant Application_Summer 2017.docx

STEM Mini-Grant Application Summer 2017.pdfSTEM Mini-Grant Application Summer 2017.pdf

Toyota USA Foundation 

The Toyota USA Foundation is committed to improving the quality of K-12 education throughout the country by supporting innovative programs that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. The Foundation places priority on systemic math and science programs that are broad in scope and incorporate interdisciplinary curricula, "real-world" classroom applications, and high student expectations; creative and innovative programs which develop the potential of students and/or teachers; and cost-effective programs that possess a high potential for success and relatively low duplication of effort. Grants are made to colleges and universities, vocational and trade schools and nonprofit organizations engaged in pre-collegiate math and/or science education. K-12 public and private schools are not eligible to apply.

Requests may be submitted at any time.

ING Foundation

The ING Foundation is the charitable giving arm of ING in the Americas. The Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations addressing a variety of community needs and resources. ING focuses on three primary areas: financial literacy; education for youth; and diversity. The ING Foundation supports 501c3 non-profit organizations providing unique programming and/or community, outreach initiatives directed toward our primary areas of focus; broad, strategic partnership opportunities that leverage our commitment to empowerment and focus on improving the lives of individuals in underserved communities across the country; and smaller, local programs and initiatives in key markets where their employees and customers live and work and where they have a large corporate presence.

Ongoing deadline.

American Honda Foundation 

Funded projects focus on youth and scientific education. Proposals should reflect the basic tenets, beliefs, and philosophies of the Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. The Foundation provides grants in the fields of youth education and scientific education to the following: education institutions, K-12; accredited higher education institutions (colleges and universities); community colleges and vocational or trade schools; scholarship and fellowship programs at selected colleges and/or universities or through selected nonprofit organizations; other scientific and education-related, nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations; gifted student programs; media concerning youth education and/or scientific education; private, nonprofit scientific and/or youth education projects; other nonprofit, tax-exempt institutions in the fields of youth education and scientific education; and programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques.

Deadline: Ongoing.

Actuarial Foundation: Advancing Student Achievement Funds for Mathematics Mentoring 

Advancing Student Achievement, an initiative of the Actuarial Foundation, awards grants to schools and groups throughout the United States and Canada for programs that involve actuaries in the teaching of mathematics. The initiative brings together actuaries and educators in local classrooms (grades 4-12) with the belief that interaction with real-world mentors will boost students' interest in math. Applicants for grants will be given wide latitude in designing programs that create a "love of math" in each student. The Foundation can provide a local network of actuaries ready to participate, as well as suggestions on how to integrate math concepts from the workplace into the classroom.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Bonnie Plants: 3rd Grade Cabbage Program 

Third-grade teachers or FFA advisors may register to receive free cabbages for their students to help children learn to love gardening while they learn about nature.

Deadline: Following registration registrants are contacted by the company.

State Farm Companies Grants Program 

The State Farm Companies Grants Program is committed to meeting the needs of company communities in the U.S. and Canada. Support is provided to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies working in the areas of safety, community development, and education The Safe Neighbors category focuses on roadway safety, protecting homes, disaster preparedness, and personal financial security. The Strong Neighborhoods category focuses on affordable housing, homeownership, and sustainable communities. The K-12 Public Schools category focuses on teacher quality, service learning programs, and educational reform.

Grant requests are accepted at any time.

The American Family Life Insurance Company (AFLAC) 
AFLAC's philanthropic efforts in the community can be seen in four areas: health, education, youth, and the arts. From contributing to the John B. Amos Cancer Center to helping underwrite the creation of a new library. AFLAC grants range from $1,500 to $2 million.

Ongoing deadline.

National SMART Grant 
The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant, also known as the National Smart Grant is available during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study to full-time students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who are majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, or engineering or in a foreign language are eligible to receive an additional grant of up to $4,000 a year. Secretary of Education recently said that they have awarded less than half of the funds allocated to these grant. The student must also have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in coursework required for the major.


Free Classroom Materials from Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance provides free educational materials to people working with youth that promote respect and appreciation for diversity in the classroom and beyond. Free materials include VHS videos, DVDs, a magazine subscription, and posters available to K-12 classroom teachers, school librarians, school counselors, school administrators, professors of education, leaders of home school networks, youth directors at houses of worship, and employees of youth-serving non-profit organizations. Their magazine and curriculum kits have earned Oscar nominations, an Academy Award, and more than a dozen honors from the Association of Educational Publishers.

Ongoing deadline.

Actuarial Foundation 
The Actuarial Foundation through its Advancing Student Achievement Mentoring program awards monetary grants to schools and groups throughout the United States and Canada. The basic requirement for schools or groups seeking funding is that they develop a viable mentoring program involving actuaries in the teaching of mathematics to children in private and public schools. Advancing Student Achievement is a grant program that brings together actuaries and educators in local classroom environments with the belief that interaction with real-world mentors will boost students' interest and achievement in math. The Actuarial Foundation can provide a local network of actuaries ready to participate, as well as suggestions on how to integrate math concepts from the workplace into the classroom. Groups applying for grants will be given wide latitude in designing programs that enhance learning and create a "love of math" in each student.

Ongoing deadline.

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