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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Programs Promoting STEM Education for Disadvantaged Students

2023 "Early Learner" STEM Education Grant Program


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Funding Source
Akamai Foundation
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/17/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for programs promoting STEM education for students from disadvantaged communities. Funding is intended to address the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on education and to close technology gaps in education for pre-college students.

The Akamai Foundation is pleased to launch the 2023 Global STEM Education grant program. In addition to its core focus on STEM learning, the Foundation aims to help global education programs navigate the pandemic's economic impact and address digital inclusion gaps for young learners (pre-college students ages 5-19).

All applicants are required to provide a comprehensive plan outlining their STEM education program goals. This should include a digital inclusion strategy to address and eliminate barriers to access and use of technology in learning, especially for the most disadvantaged. Digital inclusion strategy examples include but are not limited to:

  • Internet-enabled Device Access
  • Digital Safety, Security & Citizenship Training (Digital Literacy training)
  • Quality Technical Support
  • Partnership with digital inclusion practitioners and advocates
  • Digital content designed to encourage independent learning, participation, and collaboration
  • Mental health support for online learners
  • Development and implementation of new digital equity and inclusion strategies

*Digital Inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

*Digital Equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in society, democracy and economy. Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Organizations applying for funds must be tax exempt under sections 501 (c)(3) or 170 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code and be classified as a public charity under section 509 (a) of the Code (or, in each case, have equivalent status applicable to non-US entities under the laws and regulations of the country where they are incorporated).
- Organizations and agencies may request funds only once during a calendar year.
- Organizations must demonstrate direct impact in the area of mathematics education (or other areas of science or technology) for elementary through high school aged children with prioritization given to programs focused on underserved populations.
- Organizations that have been previously funded by the Foundation must submit a final grant report before receiving additional funds.
- The Foundation reserves the right to apply any additional criteria as it deems appropriate in evaluating requests for funding; eligibility under the criteria above does not provide an entitlement to funding; the Foundation has sole discretion over all funding determinations.

General Exclusions from Consideration:
- Underwriting or contributions to luncheons, galas and social fundraisers
- Support for capital campaigns or endowments
- Requests to support candidates for political office, political parties or PACs
- Requests for individual scholarships
- Major arts organizations
- Grants to local, national or international organizations' annual giving or holiday campaigns
- Grants to 509 (a) (3) Type III supporting organizations

Nondiscrimination Policies and Practices: The Akamai Foundation is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, have equal opportunities and can contribute fully to their communities. The Foundation will not support organizations that engage in illegal or invidious discrimination against individuals based on their age, employment status, socioeconomic status, military status, religion, pregnancy status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, race, ethnicity or national origin.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for submission is April 17, 2023.

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