Supporting Innovative Ideas

STEM educators at all levels are encouraged to apply with innovative ideas that will provide opportunities that encourage student learning, excellence, and interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math.

Up to six grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 will be awarded for the school year.


Grants for STEM educators to support projects or activities to engage more students in the excitement of STEM fields


STEM educators at all levels are encouraged to apply with innovative ideas to supplement traditional STEM education.


Up to six grants from $2k to $5k will be available for the school year. Continued funding may be available for projects that show success or scalability. See the program flyer for this year’s timeline.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the application via this Google Form, if you have any questions please email our Director of Programs Tia Paul at Applications are due on August 17, 2023.

All ideas are welcome! Some include:

  • Science, engineering, or math fairs/competitions or other approaches to motivate students to investigate further and apply their knowledge
  • Tools/gadgets that help teach STEM and excite students within the context of their normal learning (e.g. robots, rockets, software tools, etc.)
  • Access to dynamic speakers or teaching resources, including visits to related facilities; after-school or summer clubs or experiences with hands-on projects

Who May Apply

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educators from Alachua County Public Schools at all levels.

Click the links below to view summaries of past Catalyst for Change funded projects, examples of successful applications, and terminology to help you with getting your desired project results.

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The Florida Gap Map from the Florida Chamber of Commerce

Creating Strategic Impacts from The Florida Department of Education

Using EduData in Program Planning from the Florida Consortium of Education Foundations


STEM Excitement & Excellence grants are funded by the generosity of the following sponsors:

  • CFEF
  • School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program
  • Euliano Foundation for STEM