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STEM Grant Program

Science - Technology - Engineering - Math

The STEM Grant Program was initiated in the fall of 2016 by the Club. The program’s purpose is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education by funding STEM projects in public middle schools that would otherwise go unfunded. This year our Club has budgeted a total of $15,000 for this purpose, with the individual award maximum per school of $1,000. The STEM Committee will determine the size and amount of the awards based on the entries received. The competition is expected to be fierce this year, so get your applications in early and ahead of the deadline.

Here’s how the program works:

On October 25th, principals of all public schools in the City of Huntsville and Madison County school systems were notified by letter of the availability of STEM grants from the Optimist Club of Huntsville. Enclosed in the letter was a Grant Application Form and instructions on how to submit the application. Appplications will begin to be accepted on October 29th and the deadline for submitting grant requests is December 3, 2018.

All types of grant requests are considered. Grants have been awarded for such diverse uses as hydroponic garden hardware, a field trip to the Alabama Space and Rocket Center, mathematics competition books, robotics hardware, and travel expenses for a Greenpower race team.

The STEM Committee will make its initial selections based entirely on the application submitted. Once selected, we will ask the finalists to make an in-person presentation to the STEM Committee and then we will make the final decisions and check presentations by January 31, 2019. We believe this will be beneficial to the students as well as providing an opportunity for the committee to better evaluate the intended use of the grant.

After all applications and presentations have been reviewed and evaluated, the STEM Grant Committee makes its grant recommendations to the Club’s board of directors for approval. Upon their approval, checks are written to the schools.

We are readily available to answer any questions you may have on this program. Please contact Tom Rumph, our STEM Committee Chairman at stem@hsvoptimists.org by e-mail if you need further information.

Click here for the Grant Request Form.