The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education has released the guidelines and application packet for the new STEM Competition Team Grant Initiative.

2/13/17 UPDATE: Here is the application document

We are excited about this state-funded initiative and want to get the information out to all eligible VirginiaFIRST and FIRST Chesapeake teams as quickly as possible.

Please read this document carefully and in its entirety. There are many requirements for eligibility. Here are a few important details:

• STEM competition team must be located in a public school in the Commonwealth of Virginia

• New teams and established teams are eligible

• Funding is available to middle schools of up to $2,500 per school per year, to high schools of up to $5,000 per school per year. Total funding per school division is $10,000 per year.

• Allowable uses of the funds include but are not limited to instructional material, bus transportation, meals, STEM equipment (not including computers), and staff salaries/wages/stipends not to exceed 10% of award (see p. 4 of guidelines)

• Application deadline is MARCH 3, 2017

• All state-allocated funds must be expended or encumbered by August 31, 2017


2/13/17 UPDATE: Here is the application document