The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) provides the electricity that serves nearly 10 million people in seven states and a range of other services. From 2012 to 2017, TVA sponsored grants for teachers and offered them through the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network.

This year, the TVA Mini-Grant Program goes multi-state through STEMx and a new partnership between TVA and TVA’s retiree group, the Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated.

In addition to Tennessee, teachers in Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi are all eligible to apply, if their school is serviced by one of TVA’s power distributors. This will be the first multi-state funding offered through STEMx directly to classroom educators and we’re very excited.  (See the map below, click to enlarge, or download this PDF of counties served by TVA)

While the number of eligible educators is expanding, the program’s core goals remain. Through these mini-grants, TVA and the Bicentennial Volunteers aim to give teachers just that little extra support they need to undertake a powerful new project where students learn about STEM. Last year’s 18 awardees used this support to cover topics from pollination to the renewable energy held inside ocean tides.

TVA formally announced the program in a press release today. Applications are open now through Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Detailed requirements are posted below along with the application form.

Deadlines and Eligibility

  • The 2018/2019 Mini-Grant application opens Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, and closes Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
  • All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Feb. 28, 2019.
  • Grants may be requested in the following amounts: $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,500, $3,500, or $5,000 per school. Please use the supplied Budget Template.
  • This is a competitive grant competition. Applications should be original work and not provided by a vendor or retailer.
  • Preference will be given to grants that help students explore TVA’s primary areas of focus: the environment, energy, economic and career development and community problem solving.
  • Must be a public school to receive funding.
  • School must receive power from a TVA distributor.

About TVA
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

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