STEM Classroom Grants


Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 22, 2018

Applicant type: Teacher

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Maryland: Allegany County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Garrett County, Howard County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Maryland: Allegany County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Garrett County, Howard County Expand all

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FirstEnergy proudly supports classroom projects and teacher professional-development initiatives focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

One of the ways we support these activities is by offering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education grants of up to $1,000 to educators at schools and youth groups in communities served by our electric operating companies, other areas where we have facilities, and where we do business.

More than 1,000 educators and leaders of youth groups have received classroom grants since the program began during the 1986-87 school year.

Projects Considered

Any creative classroom project dealing with science, technology, engineering or mathematics will be considered. Projects that incorporate the following components are of the greatest interest:

  • Designed to improve, advance and enrich student learning
  • One-time, one-year implementation and evaluation
  • Flexible and appropriate for targeted stage of student development
  • Range from formative ideas that explore learning concepts to fully tested models that are ready to be adopted and disseminated
  • Clearly explain how the items requested for funding are vital to the project’s successful completion
  • Include additional support from other sources for larger projects
  • Networking, mentoring, interdisciplinary or team-teaching, and teacher training/professional development
  • Focus on electricity and electricity production

Projects must be completed during the 2017-2018 academic year. Grants may be used to compensate experts who come to work with students and educators, but not to pay teachers or staff. Resources requested should be integral

components of a well-planned classroom project/lesson plan, and important to its success. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Educators (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) and youth-group leaders in our service area communities and where we have facilities are encouraged to apply.


  • This grant is for resources needed for individual classroom projects. If more than one classroom is undertaking the same or a very similar project, only one grant per school may be awarded.
  • The following are not supported by this grant:
    • Laboratory supplies or equipment for general school use
    • Media equipment (computers, digital cameras, projectors, white boards, DVD players, etc.) and furniture (display and bookcases, carts, etc.)
    • Admission fees and stipends for conferences, workshops and competitions
    • Transportation, incentives, meals and refreshments
    • Previously funded projects
    • Routine responsibilities of the educator submitting the proposal
    • Projects that require multiple academic years for completion
    • Teacher and salary pay