Welcome Teachers!

UCOR is now accepting applications for our 2024 STEM Education Mini-Grants Program. We are proud to support STEM education in East Tennessee schools for the 13th year. Our program is open to K-12 schoolteachers and schools in nine counties for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects.

Grants are available for both traditional STEM classes, as well as for STEM-enhancing projects in all areas (English, social studies, music, etc.). Last year, we awarded a total of $40,000 to 36 projects in 28 schools. (List of 2023 grant recipients.)

Who can apply?

The 2024 grants will go to K-12 teachers and schools in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Scott, and Union counties. All applications should focus on STEM-related activities.

More than one teacher from a school may submit an application, but the school principal must approve each one. Funding levels are:

  • Single classroom: $750
  • Multiple classrooms: $1,000
  • Entire school: $1,500

How to apply

Eligible K-12 teachers should complete the online application. The deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2024. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

Application instructions:

  • Use the “Apply Now” button below to access the application.
  • Complete all areas of the application form.
  • Do not write your name or your school’s name in the body of the project title, project summary, or goals/objectives sections on page two of the form. Identifying information should only appear where the application specifically requests it.
  • Submit the application no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2024.


Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Project summary: description of the project and expected results.
  2. Learning outcomes: the top three learning objectives/curriculum concepts.

Grant winners will be selected and notified by Thursday, April 25, 2024.

2024 Minigrants Poster
Graphic: UCOR mini-grants logo


For more information about UCOR’s Education Mini-Grants Program, contact Shannon Potter, UCOR Community Outreach & Workforce Development Coordinator UCORMiniGrants@orcc.doe.gov.