Summer STEM Grants

Supporting STEM outreach activities during the summer.

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Summer STEM Grants2018-10-09T14:12:12+00:00

Summer Stem LogoThe Idaho STEM Action Center has provided funds to the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) to award up to 60 public, school, or academic libraries $500 each to help pay for materials or presenters to support STEM outreach efforts during the summer. ICfL will also help provide a toolkit for learning activities, a branded yard sign and other resources. The Summer STEM from Your Library program has three primary goals:

  • Increase access to fun, engaging, hands-on STEM activities for underserved youth beyond the normal library programming efforts;
  • Increase children’s access to books over the summer months;
  • Increase the number of children who minimize learning loss during the summer.”
Applications Closed

Applications for this grant are closed.

To apply, publicly-funded libraries in Idaho (school, public or academic) must agree to the following requirements:

  • Provide outreach activities for a minimum of five weeks during the summer of 2018;
  • Survey attendees using a provided survey method and deliver results to the ICfL;
  • Provide the ICfL with the final number of youth who engaged in Summer STEM activities;
  • Expend all grant funds, on allowable expenses by end of grant period.;
  • Complete a summary report on how the STEM resources enhanced the library’s summer outreach (photos of programs are also encouraged).

Applications will be ranked based on responses to the weighted questions. The ranking committee will also take into consideration geographical distribution of resources throughout the state. All types of publicly-funded libraries in Idaho may apply, but only libraries providing activities outside of their normal service models will be considered.

The libraries from last year’s Summer STEM program were successful when they implemented one or more of the following:

  • Partnered with a summer nutrition program;
  • Provided outreach in the park;
  • Provided activities at a Boys & Girls club or other location outside of the library;
  • Opened the school library during the summer to provide access to books along side STEM activites;
  • Took bins of Little Libraries for kids to take & return;
  • Received gently used books from their Friends of the library group to hand out during outreach programs;
Resources and forms for grant implementation include:

Jennifer Redford

Youth Services Consultant
Email / 208.639.4147
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