Request for Proposals North Dakota STEM Ecosystem

Title:  Regional STEM Days for Students

Funding Period:  July 1, 2020 to June 1, 2021

Total Funds Available:  $35,000. 
A minimum of $3,500 per region

Goal/Purpose:  To encourage education entities and business/industry partners to participate in STEM activities/projects for K-12 students within each of the five designated ND STEM Ecosystem Regions.

Eligible Recipients:  K12 districts, Area Career and Technology Centers, REA’s, Universities and other entities who directly impact K-12 education.

Proposal Deadline:  December 23, 2020.  Grants will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.  If two applications are not received from a region by the date listed above, additional applications from a previously funded region will be accepted.  Subsequent applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis.  No applications will be approved after March 1, 2021.

Project Timeline:  Projects may begin upon approval and must be completed no later than May 15, 2021. Final reports may be submitted immediately upon completion of the project, but must be submitted no later than May 15, 2021.

Allocation of Funds:  Grant requests may not exceed $3,500.  Projects may begin upon approval.  Approved projects will be funded on a reimbursement basis.  All approved projects must be completed and all invoices dated no later than May 15, 2021.  Final reports and reimbursement claims will be due by May 15, 2021.

Expenditures:  Funds may be used for the following:  Presenter travel and fees, activity supplies, transportation of students, facility rental, etc.  Funds may NOT be used for food, clothing or for purposes of supplanting state and local funds and thus cannot be used to fund existing programs.

Selection Criteria:  All applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:  Appropriateness of project, completeness of application, number of schools involved within the region and the number of students engaged in STEM activities.