Applications now open for K-12 STEM classroom grants

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and STEMx network, managed by Battelle, are pleased to announce the 2021-22 K-12 classroom STEM grant program sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization). 

The grant application is open now at and will remain open until Oct. 18, 2021. Eligible applicants are K-12 teachers or school administrators in public or private schools that receive power from a TVA distributor. 

“Thanks to this continued support, students across Tennessee will experience inquiry-based learning in new and exciting ways. TVA and BVI are growing awareness of STEM education and its importance for all learners throughout the state,” explains Brandi Stroecker, Director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network.  

Last year’s program awarded $800,000 in grants to schools across the Tennessee Valley. The competitive grant program provides teachers the opportunity to apply for funding up to $5,000 for STEM projects with preference given to grant applications that explore TVA’s primary area of focus: environment, energy, economic and career development and community problem solving. 

“TVA is proud to support educators and students to pursue excellence in STEM subjects,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA Executive Vice President and Chief External Relations Officer. “We are building the energy system of the future, and our region’s future workforce must be prepared to continue innovating for the decades ahead.”

Focusing on a “kindergarten to jobs” philosophy, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is developing high-quality STEM programming to further ensure Tennessee students are college and career ready upon graduation. The Network utilizes STEM Platform Schools and Regional STEM Innovation Hubs located across the state to increase student interest and participation in STEM fields. The Network is committed to helping the State of Tennessee inspire and train the next generation of innovative leaders and is operated as a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Education.  For more information about the Network, please visit

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