The Steinman Foundation funds projects that support the vision and strategic priorities of the Lancaster County STEM Alliance.

A Letter of Inquiry is the first step for all applicants requesting STEM project funding from The Steinman Foundation. Letters of Inquiry may be submitted at any time.  Letters of Inquiry are reviewed by the Lancaster County STEM Alliance Advisory Board. Following that review, applicants may be invited to submit a full proposal. Questions related to proposal submission should be addressed to Sandy Strunk, Executive Director of the Lancaster County STEM Alliance at lcsa@steinmancommunications.com.

The Letter of Inquiry should include:

Project Summary:

1. Describe how the proposed project aligns with, and supports, the vision of the Lancaster County STEM Alliance and its five strategic priorities. 2. How will the proposed project strengthen the Lancaster County STEM Ecosystem?  Describe the group that has been involved in the development of this proposal. 3. Discuss the need for this project. Please include a description of the data that were used to determine this need.

Alignment with STEM Alliance Vision and Priorities:

The Lancaster County STEM Alliance consists of a group of dedicated thought leaders who share a vision for the future of Lancaster County.  This vision is based on the idea that, as a hub for STEM literacy and experiential learning, Lancaster County will attract and retain visionary job creators, inspire learners of all ages to achieve academic excellence, and engage its citizenry in building a prosperous future.  Five strategic priorities have been established to enhance and support this vision.

If the Lancaster County STEM Alliance requests a full proposal, applicants will be able to log in to The Steinman Foundation grants portal using the login information they used for the Letter of Inquiry. Full proposals are reviewed and scored by members of the Lancaster County STEM Alliance Advisory Board. Scored proposals are submitted to The Steinman Foundation along with a recommendation to fund or not to fund the project. The Steinman Foundation Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for all funding decisions and may accept or reject the recommendation of the Lancaster County STEM Alliance.

The Steinman Foundation is the parent organization of the Lancaster County STEM Alliance. The Steinman Foundation funds projects that support the vision and strategic priorities of the Lancaster County STEM Alliance. A Letter of Inquiry is the first step for all applicants requesting STEM project funding from The Steinman Foundation. Letters of Inquiry may be submitted at any time. Letters of Inquiry are reviewed by the Lancaster County STEM Alliance Advisory Board. Following that review, applicants may be invited to submit a full proposal. All funding decisions are made by The Steinman Foundation. While the Lancaster STEM Alliance makes funding recommendations to The Steinman Foundation based on agreed-upon criteria, final decisions rest entirely with The Steinman Foundation Board.

2021 STEM Mini-Grants

With support from The Steinman Foundation, Lancaster County STEM Alliance is offering mini-grants to schools, businesses and community agencies who share our vision for STEM literacy and want to be able to help us implement our strategic priorities. Mini-grants will be accepted in 3 areas:  Project-based Learning k-12, Community STEM Learning and Work-Based Learning & Career Exploration. The average award for a mini-grant is $5,000 and the intent is to help organizations in the community enhance the quality of the services they already offer in very specific ways.

K-12 Project-Based Learning

Total Available $50,000

Due date: June 30, 2021

Estimated Average Award – $5,000

Criteria: Education Foundations and other 501(c)3 organizations associated with schools in Lancaster County, PA. Advocating for project-based learning as a key to instructional delivery system for STEM Learning. Funds can be used to pay for materials, training, or expenses associated with implementing PBL.

Community STEM Learning

Total Available $25,000

Due date: April 30, 2021

Estimated Average Award – $5,000

Criteria: All 501(c)3 organizations in Lancaster County, PA, supporting increased engagements in STEM learning and awareness of STEM Careers in Lancaster County outside of the classroom. These funds can be used to support after school, summer and adult learning programs with a STEM focus.

Work-based Learning and Career Exploration

Total Available $25,000

Due date: April 30, 2021

Estimated Average Award – $5,000

Criteria: Support authentic work-based learning experiences for students and teachers through local partnerships. Funding can also be used to offer career exploration activities for all ages, including Pre-K, elementary, middle and high school students and teachers.

 

With the exception of the Work-Based Learning & Career Exploration grants, grant recipients must be a 501(c)3 organization. Questions about STEM mini-grants can be directed to stem@steinmancommunications.com. Proposals that do not fit into one of the mini-grant areas or that exceed $50,000 fall within the regular STEM Grant process, and are available by invitation only, following the submission of a letter of inquiry. To be considered in 2021, letters of inquiry must be submitted no later than April 30, 2021.  If an applicant is invited to submit a full proposal, it will be due on or before June 30, 2021.

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