Tell the Teachers: $800,000 Available in STEM Grants

Switching from chalkboards to laptop screens is one of the many challenges teachers are still getting used to in the wake of COVID-19, but TVA’s STEM Classroom Grant Program could make the adjustment a little easier.

The program, sponsored by TVA and BVI, is open for applications now through Oct. 16, with $800,000 in funding available for science, technology, engineering and math learning projects in schools served by TVA.2020 Stem Grants

Grants may be requested in amounts up to $5,000 each. Eligible applicants are teachers or school administrators in public or private schools, grades K-12. Grant application submission and review will be managed by the independent Tennessee STEM Innovation Network.

“TVA recognizes that excellence in education is the key to developing our future workforce in the Valley and helping communities attract great jobs for the next generation,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer. “This program directly supports teachers in advancing STEM activities in their classrooms to develop a talent pipeline for TVA, its customers, and the region.”

Last year’s program awarded $600,000 in grants to Valley schools. The competitive grant program gives preference to applications that explore TVA’s primary areas of focus: energy, environment, economic and career development, and community problem solving.

Additional Pandemic Response Grant

This year, educators may also apply for an additional grant to support pandemic response or virtual learning materials to assist in STEM education.

“During this unprecedented time, we have seen educators across the state creatively and effectively engage students through quality STEM instruction, while maintaining a focus on safety through social distancing,” said Brandi Stroecker, director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. “Thanks to TVA and BVI, educators across Tennessee will have the opportunity to design innovative hybrid, virtual, or in-class STEM learning experiences that deepen understanding and connect students to STEM careers.”

Visit the TSIN website to learn more about grant requirements, see examples of previously funded projects, and apply for funding.