Thank you, Teachers!

The 2024 mini-grants application period has closed.

UCOR is no longer accepting applications for our 2024 STEM Education Mini-Grants Program. Please check back in May to see which local schools received the grants. We will be accepting applications for 2025 mini-grants in February-March 2025.

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.). In 2023, we awarded a total of $40,000 to 36 projects in 28 schools. (List of 2022 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


Applications are 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.
Downloadable mini-grants poster
Downloadable flyer to share with teachers you know.
Graphic: UCOR mini-grants logo


For more information about UCOR’s Education Mini-Grants Program, contact Shannon Potter, UCOR Community Outreach & Workforce Development Coordinator