STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program for High Schools

The deadline for the latest round of the STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program for High Schools is now passed. Applications are no longer being accepted.

Program Overview

The STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program for High Schools enables the purchase of equipment and supplies to train students in life sciences technology and research as well as addresses a funding gap in capital dollars for public and not-for-profit workforce training and educational institutions. The program also seeks to increase student achievement and student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as support the implementation of state STEM standards.

Eligible high schools, as well as community-based organizations that serve such high schools, can apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding. Applicants seeking funding of greater than $100,000 (but no more than $250,000) are required to secure matching funds, in cash or as an in-kind donation, for any amount over $100,000 from an industry partner.

An eligible applicant must request funding to purchase equipment and/or supplies to support an education and training program that prepares participants for employment in the life sciences. The “life sciences” are defined in the MLSC’s enabling legislation as “advanced and applied sciences that expand the understanding of human physiology and have the potential to lead to medical advances or therapeutic applications.” Requested equipment and/or supplies must be used to support science (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics), technology (e.g. robotics, computer science, etc.), engineering, and/or math education and training. Please note: Earth and Space Science, Animal Science/Veterinary Assisting, Forensic Science, as well as Allied Health programs will not qualify for funding.

New this year, applicants may also request additional funding of up to $10,000 for professional development to increase the effectiveness of the equipment grant by ensuring that all recipient schools have teachers that are trained to use the equipment and have access to relevant curricula that deploys the equipment in labs and activities that support learning goals throughout the academic year.


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Biotechnology laboratory at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School after the school received a $100,000 grant from the MLSC in 2012.

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Program Eligibility

Applicants must be located in Massachusetts and be one of the following:

  • Vocational technical high school as determined by Chapter 74 of the General Laws of Massachusetts or a comprehensive public high school with a Chapter 74 program;
  • Public high school (including charter schools) located in one of the 26 “Gateway Cities” as determined by Section 3A of Chapter 23A of the General Laws of Massachusetts. To view a list of these cities visit:  www.mass.gov/hed/community/planning/gateway-cities-and-program-information.html;
  • Economically disadvantaged public high school (defined by having at least 25% student participation in one or more of the following programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), the Department of Children and Families’ foster care program, and MassHealth). To see which schools qualify, please click here.; or
  • Community-based non-profit organization serving high schools that meet any of the above-stated criteria.

 

Questions? Please visit the FAQs page.

Please note that middle school applicants should refer to a separate solicitation.

 

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