STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program for Middle Schools

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

Program Overview

The STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program for Middle 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 offers grant funding of up to $50,000 per school for the purpose of purchasing life sciences equipment and supplies, further educating students in real-world scenarios that will increase student achievement and student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as support the implementation of state STEM standards.

An eligible applicant must request funding to purchase equipment and/or supplies to support STEM education that prepares students with the skills needed for future 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), engineering, and/or math. Earth and Space Science, as well as other curricula unrelated to life sciences are NOT eligible 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.

Program Eligibility

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

  • Public middle school located in a “Gateway City” as determined by Section 3A of  Chapter 23A of the General Laws of Massachusetts (Click here to view a list of Gateway Cities);
  • Economically disadvantaged public middle 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 middle schools that meet any of the above-stated criteria.

 

Questions? Please visit the FAQs page.

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

 

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