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Grant Opportunities

Check here regularly for grant ideas that might help your school, district, team or state Science Olympiad program raise funds.  


Hawaii Science Olympiad Awarded $304,000 ARRA grant

Awesome! Nevada News, "Engineering outreach program receives grant," about a $10,000 grant to the University of Nevada, Reno, host of the Science Olympiad tournament, for its "ACCESS" program, Academics + Careers + College and/or Training Equal Student Success, February 23, 2010. (PDF Version)

Hooray! The Murfreesboro Post, "State Farm Donates $25,000 to MTSU," about a grant to the Tennessee university for projects including the Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, February 12, 2010. (PDF Version)

Teacher power! The Signal, "Local teachers win AFCEA Science Teaching Tools Award," about Georgia teachers who won funds for science programs including Science Olympiad from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, February 12, 2010. (PDF Version)

Inspiration!  Wapakoneta Daily News, "Teacher rakes in grant for Science Olympiad," about an Ohio science teacher who received a $3,300 start-up grant for her Science Olympiad team, October 17, 2009. (PDF Version)

More Inspiration! North County Times, "Nonprofit foundation to sponsor Science Olympiad teams," about a Southern California district's $18,500 grant for Science Olympiad teams at several local schools from the Beckman Coulter Foundation, October 23, 2009. (PDF Version)

Interesting story from Allentown, PA, about how a Science Olympiad club's teacher stipend was saved in a round of district budget cuts - this is a chronic problem felt by teachers all across the US and underscores the difficulty of using grant money to pay for staff fees, November 4, 2009. (PDF Version)

Sample Grant Request Template from a successful $6,000 grant for K-12 district science enrichment activities (PDF)


Annual: Albert Einstein Distinguised Educator Fellows Program sponsored by the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education.

Great opportunity for all Science Olympiad Urban Schools Initiative Coaches! Annual: The SSP Fellows Program, where high school science and math teachers from schools with underserved populations receive an $8,500 stipend as well as funding to attend the Fellows Institute in Washington, DC.  Eligibility requirements include an interest in research, active engagement in 9-12 grade science, teaching credentials, demonstrated engagement with students (such as Science Olympiad teams, science fairs, mentoring, etc.), excellent oral and written skills AND the teacher must be from a school with 40% underrepresented minority students and/or 30% of students on a free/reduced lunch program.  

Annual application for Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  Awards of $3,000 for one year to cover the cost of equipment, materials and supplies. An additional $1,500 may be requested for professional development related to the implementation of new equipment or use of materials in the classroom. Awards are made to teaching professionals that hold a professional educator's license to teach in a North Carolina K-12 public school. 

Classroom Energy Innovation Grants from First Choice Power Company. Grants of up to $2,000 each will be awarded to teachers in Texas for innovative classroom projects on energy and energy efficiency. First Choice Power, 225 E. John Carpenter Fwy., Suite 1500, Irving, TX 75062. More info and application form. Use a Science Olympiad event like Cool It, Keep the Heat or Save the Ice to bring energy efficiency concepts to life in the classroom!