PennEast Powering STEM Grant Program
The PennEast Pipeline Company is accepting applications from eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, afterschool, summer and youth development programs and educational institutions for its PennEast Powering STEM Education Initiative. PennEast is awarding grants, up to $10,000, to programs focused on, and enhancing the study of, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
PennEast’s Powering STEM Program invests in nonprofit organizations working toward some or all of the following objectives within New Jersey and Pennsylvania:
- Incorporating energy exploration, distribution, use (as well as affiliated trades and disciplines) and/or environmental education in the curriculum
- Providing individuals of all ages greater access to STEM education
- Developing a workforce to meet the needs of the region’s continued position as a global energy leader
- Helping young people understand the vast number of occupations associated with not only the energy industry, but the countless industries (plastics/petrochemical, high-tech manufacturing, steel, food processing, etc.) supported by low-cost natural gas and natural gas liquids
- Promoting hands-on, experimental learning, problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork
- Supporting general awareness about energy and environmental-related issues
- Employing continuous review and evaluation, making improvements based on outcomes
- Increasing access and interaction with the environment and nature
- Demonstrating sustainability of program
Schools and nonprofit organizations in the following townships are encouraged to apply and will be given preference, but other organizations meeting the Program’s objectives in the region are encouraged to apply as well:
- New Jersey: Alexandria, Delaware Holland, Kingwood, and West Amwell in Hunterdon County; Hopewell in Mercer County
- Pennsylvania: Bear Creek, Buck, Dallas, Jenkins, Kingston, Plains, Laflin, West Wyoming, Wyoming in Luzerne County; Kidder, Lower Towamensing, Penn Forest and Towamensing in Carbon County; Bath, Bethlehem, East Allen, Lehigh, Lower Nazareth, Lower Saucon, Moore, Upper Nazareth, Williams in Northampton County; and Durham and Riegelsville in Bucks County
- Statewide organizations are also encouraged to apply. Details of each organization’s geographic footprint and localities served should be included in the application.
Applicants must submit a budget with their Powering STEM application. The budget should include:
- Identification of how PennEast’s Powering STEM grant will be used
- Materials, equipment and supplies
- Transportation costs
- Teaching staff specifically related to the project
PennEast will consider funding projects up to $10,000 in full, but will also reserve the right to partial funding.
Applications will be reviewed by PennEast and grant recipients will be selected based on community benefits, competitive use of funds and ability to successfully complete identified project. Proposals will be reviewed based on the following:
- Clear representation of innovation in science, technology engineering or math math, technology, engineering or science concepts and skills within the identified project
- Plan for a continuous review, evaluation and making improvements based on outcomes
- Program must meet a compelling need within the organization and community as a whole
- Well-defined budget and timeline of project completion
Expectation of Grant Recipients
- Review and discuss details of application with PennEast representatives.
- Participate in grant check presentations, which may include photo opportunities for use within PennEast newsletters, website, social media, and other promotional pieces, where applicable and appropriate.
- Complete a final outcomes report upon completion of program.
All applications are due on or before February 17, 2017, and final selections will be made on March 13, 2017.
For questions about grants, applications and parameters please email [email protected]