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Gravely Grants for STEM Teachers

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Foundation


    Gravely Grants for STEM Teachers are named after the foundation's first executive director Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr., USN (Ret.), who initiated AFCEA's science and technology teach tool grants program. The AFCEA Educational Foundation is dedicated to providing support to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students and teachers. The Gravely Grants provide funding to elementary and middle schools in the United States to promote STEM innovation in the classrooms with emphasis on elementary academic programs. 

    This is a joint effort between AFCEA chapters and the AFCEA Educational Foundation to help augment the cost to students for activities or tools inside or outside of the classroom, such as robotics clubs, cyber clubs and other STEM related activities to promote STEM to students.


    History of Funding

    Since 2010, AFCEA Educational Foundation has invested more than $1.2 million in teachers who are providing innovative STEM learning opportunities in their classrooms.

    Additional Information

    Guidelines for Gravely Grants for STEM Teachers:

    1.   The teacher must be teaching science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) at an elementary or middle school in the United States. Teachers working in schools with economically disadvantaged students will be considered first. The awards are not limited to public schools.

    2.   Selection will be based on the teacher's skills, his/her potential to use the funds well and financial need.

    3.   A detail proposal is required stating the following:

    • Title and description of program/project
    • Number of students involved/impacted
    • Goals & objectives
    • Methods & procedures 
    • Timetable
    • Method of evaluating program/project
    • Budget describing how the funds will be used

    4.  A letter of recommendation from the principal of the school.

    Additional funding opportunities may be available through local chapters of AFCEA. Find a chapter near you:


    Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Foundation Staff

    Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Foundation Staff
    4400 Fair Lakes Court
    Fairfax, VA 22033

  • Eligibility Details

    The teacher must be teaching science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) at an elementary, middle or high school in the US. Teachers working in schools with economically disadvantaged students will be considered first. The awards are not limited to public schools.

    Deadline Details

    The next application window is from May 1 until July 31, 2021. A similar timeline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Grants awards are for $1000. Grants are awarded in September for the 2021-2022 school year.

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