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Grants and In-Kind Support to USA Eligible Schools to Participate in a Rocketry Competition

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)  Marshall Islands (USA)  Republic of Palau (USA)

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STEM Innovation Grant Program

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and National Association of Rocketry (NAR)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #192884

Grant Description

Grants of $2,000 and in-kind support to USA eligible schools to participate in a rocketry competition. Funding and support are intended to assist schools in initiating a program to build, design, and launch model rockets. Schools must be Title I schools. In addition to the cash grant, teams will receive free registration in physical and virtual competitions, mentorship, and a rocketry starter kit, and will be eligible to compete in designated competitions of the funding source. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This year, 25 STEM Innovation grants are available for eligible teams. Previously known as our Title I grants, these grants are created for teams from Title I schools who are interested in competing in the American Rocketry Challenge for the first time.

STEM Innovation grantees receive: 

  • Free Registration in physical and virtual competitions: The registration fee ($125) for your team will be waived and your team will be automatically eligible to compete in our Presentation and Marketing Competitions.
  • Funding:  A $2,000 grant will be awarded immediately after approval of your application, with additional funding available if your team qualifies for the National Finals in Washington, D.C. Funds will be dispersed via check made payable to your school or school district. 
  • Rocketry Starter Kit: The information packet has everything your team needs to know about how to create a rocketry team. 
  • Mentorship: Your team will be paired with a mentors from the National Association of Rocketry and/or the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. These mentors will make a commitment to help your team with rocketry and provide a deeper understanding of the career options in the aerospace industry. Due to COVID-19, these mentors will be connecting virtually with your teams. 

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These grants are created for teams from Title I schools who are interested in competing in the American Rocketry Challenge for the first time.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted no later than December 12, 2022 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Selection is made on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications must be completed in their entirety with all questions answered in order to be considered. Grant applications will be selected and awarded on a rolling basis. You will be notified of your grant status no later than two weeks after applying.

FAQs: https://rocketcontest.org/faq/

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

25 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Title I grantees receive:
- Free Registration ($125) in physical and virtual competitions
- A $2,000 grant
- Rocketry Starter Kit
- Mentorship

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PYW7FLD

Contact form: https://rocketcontest.org/contact-us/

The American Rocketry Challenge
1000 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 1700
Arlington, VA 22209

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