Eligible applicants are teachers or school administrators in public or private schools

Knoxville – The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and STEMx network 2023-24 application window is open for the K-12 STEM Education Grants.

The grants are funded by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in partnership with the TVA retiree organization Bicentennial Volunteers Inc. (BVI). The application window will remain open through Sept. 15, 2023. The competitive program funds STEM learning in classrooms and schools in TVA’s seven-state service area. Eligible applicants are teachers or school administrators in public or private schools, grades K-12.

Schools must be in the TVA service area and receive electricity from a local power distributor served by TVA. 

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

The application process opened earlier this year giving teachers time before students arrived to submit applications so that grant funding can be distributed before January. The new timeline will give teachers receiving grants the entire spring semester to implement their projects within their classroom.

“TSIN’s partnership with TVA amplifies resources and cultivates an ecosystem where all learners have the opportunity to experience STEM education and build work-ready skills,” affirms Brandi Stroecker, TSIN Network Director. “We are grateful for TVA and BVI’s continued support to shape TN classrooms.”

Last year’s program awarded $1 million in grants to schools across the Tennessee Valley.

If interested, teachers may apply for funding up to $5,000 for STEM projects with preference given to applications that explore TVA’s primary area of focus: 

  • environment
  • energy
  • economic
  • career development
  • community problem-solving

Visit the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network website to learn more about grant requirements, see examples of previously funded projects and apply for funding.

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