The TVA Mini-Grant Program, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is designed to fund STEM learning projects in Tennessee classrooms and schools. Since 2012, TVA has given back more than $1 million to advance STEM activities in Tennessee. “The Tennessee Valley Authority understands that excellence in education is the key to our future,” said TVA Vice President Justin Maierhofer. “We support initiatives like the STEM schools that develop a talent pipeline for TVA and its customers.”

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 9 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.

About the Minigrants:

Eligible applicants are teachers or school administrators in grades K through 12 in schools located in Tennessee.

The 2017 Mini Grant application opens November 10th and closes December 8th. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by December 20th.

Grants may be requested in the following amounts: $500, $1000, $2000. 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. Only original submissions will be considered. Please do not submit vendor sponsored proposals.

Mini Grant Requirements:

TVA does not provide grants to individual fundraising efforts, sporting events, school trips or transportation, construction projects, renovation projects or capital campaigns, political organizations, labor organizations, fraternal organizations, religious organizations directly tied to a place of worship, chairs, endowments or scholarships sponsored by academic or nonprofit institutions.

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STEM Excellence Awards

The STEM Excellence Awards are designed to recognize a phenomenal teacher, a leader of a school, district, or regional/state organization, and an exceptional advocate for STEM education. Tennessee’s recent successes in STEM are due to the combined efforts of strong teachers in the classroom, innovative school and district/regional leaders, and advocates that place STEM on the top of their priority list.  The STEM Excellence Awards seek to recognize one awardee in each of the following areas: Excellence in STEM Teaching, Excellence in STEM Leadership, and Excellence in STEM Advocacy. Awardees are honored at the annual TN STEM Innovation Summit.

Goals of the Program

  • Promote effective teaching strategies by recognizing and rewarding quality STEM teachers
  • Highlight effective advocacy partnerships at the local and state levels
  • Share strategies for creating an innovative STEM culture within a school building/district/region

STEM Excellence award nominations will be open in the Spring of 2018. Please check back for more information as it becomes available.