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VASE HOST Grant Program

Description: VASE is introducing in 2017 a new program: VASE Hands-On Science and Technology (HOST) Grants.  Made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor, these are intended to provide funding to support project-based technical learning and experimentation.

Eligible Recipients: Grants may be made to teams, clubs, schools, or other non-profit organizations engaged in project-based technical learning. Organizations must be located in Vermont and conduct its activities primarily within Vermont. Participants may be of any age. Grants will not be made to individuals. Examples of eligible recipients include:

  • Public entities, such as schools and municipalities.
  • Incorporated 501(c)(3)organizations.
  • Local chapters of national organizations, such as 4-H, Boy or Girl Scouts, etc.
  • Unincorporated groups (such as robotics competition teams) are eligible, but these must have a “fiscal agent” that qualifies as tax exempt, or associate with some other eligible organization in order to receive funds.

Eligible Projects: HOST grants are intended to support hands-on, project-based cooperative learning outside of a traditional school classroom setting(The complementary VASE Small Equipment Grants for teachers support classroom activities.) The activity should lead to a substantive result – a machine, object, software code, participation in an event, etc. Where appropriate, grants may be made for an activity that could eventually lead to a commercial product. Projects should be primarily of a technical,engineering, or manufacturing nature, rather than artistic, performance, literary, etc. Examples of projects that will be considered include:

  • Robotics teams engaged in local, state, national, or international competitions.
  • School-based but extracurricular activities such as robotics teams, technical challenges, or other special projects.
  • Projects within “maker” organizations.
  • Events, classes, or programs that support or enhance the above activities.

Uses of Funds: Funds may be used for materials, supplies, software, tools, space costs, event fees, travel in connection with a supported activity, and/or general support of the organization or activity.Grants may include occasional stipends to instructors or mentors where appropriate, but the intent is not to support long-term salaries of teachers or other staff.

Proposal and Administration: Proposals detailing grant requests will be accepted and reviewed annually, with the initial deadline of September 29, 2017 Grants will typically range from $500 to $1500, but larger grants may be made where appropriate, if funds are available. Proposals should be made electronically in the form of a single document in PDF format submitted as an email attachment. Please adhere to the Format for Grant Applications. Applications will be evaluated according to the Evaluation Considerations for VASE HOST grants Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to:

  • Grantees must submit a brief written final report summarizing project outcomes within 90 days after the conclusion of the project.
  • Grantees will be invited to attend the Spring VASE meeting in the year following the grant and give a presentation on the outcomes of the project (poster, video, or PowerPoint loop of slides).
  • We encourage grantee teams to prepare a brief (few minute) creative YouTube video of their project.

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