MEEC is accepting proposals for environmental and STEM education school project and material mini-grants. Interested teachers should complete the following online application by detailing desired materials, the project/materials’ environmental component and how the project will address educational standards.
Eligible projects must demonstrate the following:
A. An environmental connection/correlation
B. Correspond with current Common Core and/or Next Generation Science
Labor costs, food items and entrance fees are not eligible for funding. Projects must be implemented/materials must be used in classrooms located in the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County, the Antelope Valley or the Palo Verde Valley of Riverside County. Applicants must also teach within these same jurisdictions.
Grant application period is open until program budgeted funds have been depleted or until March 1st of the school year, whichever come first. No applications will be accepted after March 1st. Applications are received and time stamped using web-based application and exported to Google Forms spread sheet. Applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis after the deadline date by the Program Specialist. Average grant amount will vary from $100 to $500, but may be higher. Individual award amounts to be determined by MEEC. Only one grant will be awarded per teacher per school year.
After review, grant recipients will receive an email notifying them of the materials they were approved to purchase. A check will follow in the mail within 30 days. Non-awardees will be notified via email why their application was denied and may resubmit their application again for a future review period.
Grant recipients are required to submit a copy of receipts for the purchase of project materials to MEEC no later than June 30 of each year. Additionally, recipients must submit a photograph (digital preferred) of the funded project involving students, with a caption explaining the photo’s subject matter, as well as date and location. Photos may be used in future issues of MEEC newsletters or other publications.