STEM 2035

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and CCNY, Inc. are looking to invest in STEM afterschool and summer/out-of-school programs that close the gaps that keep girls and students of color from pursuing their interests in STEM subjects, jobs, post-secondary education and training, and careers.

This RFP specifically seeks programs that are ready and willing to try something new or make substantial improvements that spark engagement and interest, build confidence, and create pathways in STEM for 6th to 12th graders.

The desired outcomes for this initiative include:

  • Increase the number of under-represented youth (e.g., girls and youth of color) in STEM programs and pursuing STEM in post-secondary education and training, jobs, and careers.
  • Accelerate learning and collaboration among OST STEM providers in Western New York and Southeast Michigan to drive better STEM outcomes for youth in those regions.
  • Support innovative ideas that better connect, inspire, and prepare 6th-12th graders for STEM in post-secondary education and training, jobs, and careers.
  • Improve and sustain program quality by integrating best practices to better support STEM learning experiences.

Beginning March 19th, through April 13th, eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for up to $250,000 over three years. Up to twenty awards are anticipated, with eight to ten grant awards in Western New York and Southeast Michigan.

Applications are due to CCNY, Inc. by 5 p.m. EST on April 13th. Finalists will be notified in May to submit full proposals and selected grantees will be notified in July 2018.





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