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STEAM Power WV Grant Program
Join the West Virginia Division of Culture and History as we encourage the integration of Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), putting STEAM into our classrooms and arts education programs!

STEAM Power WV Guidelines and Application (link to application)

What is STEAM Power WV?
STEAM Power WV is an innovative grant program that supports education initiatives for West Virginia’s PK-12 students. Partnering with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, we are encouraging schools and arts organizations to integrate arts with STEM disciplines in their curriculum and community programming.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History plans to fund at least 15 STEAM projects between January 2017 and June 2017. These grants will help us to continue building a repository of model STEAM projects that other schools, arts education organizations and community organizations can follow.

Why is STEAM Power WV important?
STEAM projects explore the intersections between STEM and the arts, encouraging innovation, creative problem solving, critical thinking, interdisciplinary teamwork and other aptitudes that are critical to 21st Century college and career readiness.

How does my school or organization get on board?
You can put STEAM Power WV to work for students in your community by applying for a matching grant. The application postmark deadline is November 18, 2016. Projects must take place between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.
West Virginia preschool through high school programs, school systems, non-profit arts organizations and community non-profit organizations with arts-related missions may be eligible for this funding. Educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math as well as those involved in the arts are encouraged to develop these projects.
If you have a teaching or learning project that integrates the Arts with STEM disciplines, you may wish to apply for a grant. Your program must enhance school and/or after-school curricula by using cross-disciplinary partnerships that include teachers, teaching artists, STEM educators or other professionals. Arts and community organizations as well as higher education organizations may also be involved.

How much funding is available?
Applicants may request up to $7,500 and must provide a cash match of at least 25% of the total eligible project cost. Appalachian Regional Commission-designated Distressed Counties’ projects require a cash match of at least 10% of the total eligible project cost. Please see the complete STEAM Power WV Guidelines and Application for detailed matching and eligibility requirements.

Priority will be given to projects that
- Build collaborations among teachers, artists and/or STEM professionals
- Thoroughly integrate arts and STEM learning activities and objectives
- Include hands-on and problem-solving activities
- Are innovative, creative, and collaborative
- Include a strong evaluation component
- Can be documented and are replicable
- Take place in schools
- Take place in underserved areas or among student populations with limited access to STEM and/or arts education projects.

For More Information: Contact Jim Wolfe at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History

(304) 558-0240 or james.d.wolfe@wv.gov