DATE: August 18, 2017
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:

STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative: a state-funded, after-school initiative.  The 2017 General Assembly and Governor McAuliffe approved state funding of $100,000 for new team grants in fiscal year 2018.  Grant awards are available to Virginia schools/divisions that have demonstrated an interest in establishing new STEM competition teams and will serve as model schools for the STEM Competition Team Initiative. State funding of up to $5,000 per school year is available to high schools. Public secondary schools at which at least 40 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible to apply. The purpose of the STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative is to increase awareness of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among teachers and students through STEM-related, problem/project-based, team-building activities.

Schools applying for the first time can use the funds for planning purposes and will be eligible to receive a second-year (initiative expansion) grant in the subsequent year. A school division may apply for grant funding to establish and then support STEM competition teams for one or more qualifying schools in the division. Total funding can be up to $10,000 per school division per year for eligible schools.

For additional details, refer to the attached STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative - Guidance Document and STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative - Application Packet

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tina Manglicmot, Director of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at (804) 786-2481 or tina.manglicmot@doe.virginia.gov.

SRS/TM/pf

Attachments:

  1. STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative - Guidance Document-This is a PDF document (PDF)
  2. STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative – Application Packet-This is a Word document (Word)