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.

2020 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 4 areas: Inspire Lancaster, Family Engagement, Project-based Learning, and Community STEM Learning. 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.

Inspire Lancaster

Inspire Lancaster grants are available to schools and businesses that are currently using, or hoping to use Xello, as a career exploration platform. Funds can be used to pay for Xello, to create work-based learning opportunities, or to support activities associated with Xello or Inspire Lancaster. Inspire Lancaster mini-grant proposals are due April 30, 2020.

Project-based Learning K-12

Project-based Learning K-12 grants help teachers and schools plan and implement STEM learning projects that teach teamwork, problem-solving, research, and the application of academic skills. Funds can be used for materials, planning time, or other costs associated with project-based learning. Project based learning mini-grant proposals are due June 30, 2020.

Family Engagement

Family Engagement grants are designed to allow organizations to offer a family engagement component to existing STEM or career activities. The more families are involved in STEM and/or career activities, the greater the chance a student will select a career that is consistent with his or her gifts and abilities. Family engagement proposals are due June 30, 2020.

Community STEM Learning

Community STEM Learning grants are available to support after-school, summer, or adult education programs that want to add a new or enhance an existing STEM component. Funds can be used for anything that will increase the rigor or relevance of the STEM learning. Community STEM Learning proposals are due April 30, 2020.

 

With the exception of the Inspire Lancaster 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 2020, letters of inquiry must be submitted no later than April 30, 2020.  If an applicant is invited to submit a full proposal, it will be due on or before June 30, 2020.

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