Covid-Response STEM MIcrogrants

Selection Criteria

Grants will be selected based on the following:

Equity & reach

(30% weight)

Projects that positively impact a significant number of students with the majority coming from populations under-represented in STEM (females, Latinx, African Americans, American Indians, low-income students and those in very rural areas) will score highest. ​

Enabling more/better access to STEM, science, or math within distance learning (30% weight)

Proposals that will significantly increase access to and/or quality of STEM, science, and/or math instruction during the pandemic will score highest. 

Lasting impact on expanding quality STEM experiences

(20% weight)

Proposals that clearly and definitively show how access to quality STEM instruction or experiences will be improved beyond the pandemic will score highest.

Cost effectiveness 

(10% weight)


Counties with less access to funding (10% weight)

Amount requested should be enough to fund the project (either alone or with other guaranteed funds). ​

Schools with less access to other funding opportunities will receive additional points.

How to Apply
  1. Fill out the application form. Applications are due November 30, 2021. This year only Oregon Gorge counties may apply.

  2. A committee will review applications; those awarded funding will receive their school's check within about 1 month of grant decisions.

  3. Embark on the activity to expose your students to new science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM) experiences. 

  4. Submit the after-action report (written with at least 1 photo or video). This ensures that your school can apply for future grants and helps us secure more funding! 

After Action Report
  • ​This takes 5-10 mins to complete; it's meant to provide accountability but not be onerous.

  • The data will be used to secure more funding... and therefore more grants!​

  • If you're worried about this commitment, check it out before applying for a grant.