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School STEAM Grant Program

Grants to Illinois Schools and School Districts for Educational STEAM
Programming that Benefits K-12 Students in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

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Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

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06/14/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to Illinois schools and school districts for programs that make STEAM educational programming available to low-income K-12 students. Priority will be given to programs that provide young women with hands-on experiences and programs that encourage them to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. School STEAM grants shall be made available to public schools, charter schools, area vocational centers, and laboratory schools in which the percentage of students classified as low-income exceeds the state average.

Grant recipients shall use the funds to either conduct or contract with a third party to conduct programming for K-12 learners that encourages and promotes career opportunities and skill attainment in the fields of science, technology, engineering, fine arts, and mathematics for students in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Eligible applicants must exceed the state low-income threshold during the 2019-20 school year. 

The School STEAM Grant Program seeks to provide equitable programming for students classified as low-income in disadvantaged neighborhoods. It also seeks to create more opportunities for young women to explore fields traditionally represented by males.

Program Objectives:

  1. Increase schools’ capacity to support STEAM instruction and student participation, especially among low-income students in disadvantaged neighborhoods and/or encourage young women to consider STEAM careers.
  2. Build the capacity of teachers to offer and support STEAM instruction and student participation in STEAM education.
  3. Support K-12 student development of key knowledge and skills that underpin STEAM programs to promote and encourage future participation in STEAM careers.
  4. Increase the integration of STEAM learning environments and activities into the school curriculum that foster and promote positive development of skills necessary for collaboration, creativity and design, problem-solving, open inquiry, experimentation, and communication.

For more information on performance measures, performance standards, and deliverables, see the following link:

For information on eligible expenses, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 195990

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Awarded applications with an approvable budget are eligible to receive up to $350,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period will begin no sooner than July 1, 2021 and will extend from the execution date of the grant until June 30, 2022. Successful applicants may reapply via continuing application for up to two additional year(s).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

School STEAM grants shall be made available to public schools*, charter schools, area vocational centers, and laboratory schools in which the percentage of students classified as low-income exceeds the state average during the 2019-20 school year as indicated on the Illinois School Report Card.

Districts may submit applications on behalf of schools, and payments will be directed through districts.

The state desires to improve equitable outcomes statewide. Thus, it encourages eligible schools to partner with their district, Regional Office of Education (ROE), Education for Employment (EFE) System, Intermediate Service Center (ISC), other local schools/districts, or local institutions of higher education and businesses to create a collaborative partnership or consortium that can assist in the development of and supports science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) education. Partnership roles should be clearly defined. Each district in a consortium application must meet all the eligibility requirements outlined in this NOFO/RFP. The consortium application should be considered by districts seeking to build program capacity, strengthen and create a network of community supports for STEAM learning, increase equity and outreach in STEAM programming for disadvantaged students, and build long-term program sustainability.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A technical assistance session will be held at 1:30 p.m. on May 13, 2021.

Registration information is found at or at

Attendance is not required.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals can be submitted electronically through the ISBE Attachment Manager no later than 4 p.m. on June 14, 2021.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will receive a Notice of Award via email approximately 90 days after the application deadline.

Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management
(SAM): Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual or federal or state awarding agency that is exempt from those requirements under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the federal or state awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to:
(i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application. If you are not registered in SAM, you may do so at;
(ii) Provide a valid DUNS number ( in its application; and
(iii)Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal, federal pass-through, or state award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal or state awarding agency. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may not consider an application for a federal pass-through or state award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements.

All questions asked concerning this NOFO/RFP will be responded to in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document found at so all respondents can see all questions and the responses to the questions. Changes to the FAQ will not be made after June 7, 2021.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information on this NOFO/RFP, contact the Curriculum and Instruction Department at

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777

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CSFA Number: 586-43-2492

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USA: Illinois

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