Bonneville Power Administration
Science and Energy Education Grants
Announcement/Request for Applications 2014
March 3, 2014
Program Goals and Objectives:
The Bonneville Power Administration’s Science and Energy Education Grants program was established to provide support to non-profit organizations, schools, government organizations and others working in the area of education for K-12 grade students.
The grants are available to programs that advance student awareness, understanding and interest in the issues and science involved in energy generation and transmission in the Pacific Northwest.
Funded projects could focus on hydroelectricity, wind and other sources of electric power, methods of conserving electricity, studies of energy and environment, programs on engineering and technology skills relating to energy, and others. The intent of the grants is to support science, technology, engineering and math education with specific emphasis on electric utility issues.
$20,000 is available for grants for projects to be completed in the 2014/2015 school year.
BPA anticipates awarding between four and ten grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000 each.
Projects must be carried out in BPA’s service territory (Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and parts of Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming)
Projects must serve K-12 students
Funding can be awarded to school districts, government agencies and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Grants cannot be made to individuals. Employees and contractors of BPA are not eligible to receive funding
Grant applicants will be excluded from consideration if found to be debarred, suspended or otherwise ineligible to receive federal funding.
Instructions to Applicants:
Please complete the Science and Energy Education Grants Application form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014. Please ensure that your application is complete.
BPA will announce the award recipients in June 2014 for projects to be carried out in the 2014/2015 school year, beginning in September 2014.
Unless publicly available or otherwise available under the Freedom of Information Act, information submitted shall be used for evaluation only and shall not be disclosed outside of BPA without the applicant’s approval.
How Proposals are Evaluated:
Applications will be evaluated in a timely and objective manner by an agency grant approval team and subject matter experts. Projects will be evaluated based on the likelihood of meeting education program objectives (stated above), cost/benefit ratio (cost is appropriate given numbers of students reached); the extent to which the project takes advantage of community partnerships; and that the project and activities are engaging, scientifically correct and age/grade appropriate.
BPA reserves the right not to consider applications which are incomplete or unresponsive to the stated goals and objectives.
Terms and Conditions of Award:
BPA may fund all or part of a proposed project. Payment will be made in advance. Award recipients will be asked to file a progress report halfway through the project, and a statement of completion. Grants are awarded on a year to year basis and are not intended to provide ongoing program funding. Recipients should acknowledge BPA Science and Energy Grant funding as appropriate on public materials such as press releases, web sites, handouts, signage, etc. Funding should not be used to advocate for any policy, program or issue.