STEM Innovation Grant Program

$2,000 in Funding for Eligible Schools

New to rocketry? The American Rocketry Challenge offers STEM Innovation grants to Title I schools to provide resources and initial funding to help launch a rocketry program 

25 grants are available for the 2025 competition, all for schools that have not competed previously in the American Rocketry Challenge. The deadline for teachers to apply for a 2025 STEM Innovation grant is December 1st, 2024. 

Click Here to Apply for a 2025 STEM Innovation Grant

About the STEM Innovation Grant Program

This year, 25 STEM Innovation grants are available for eligible teams. Previously known as our Title I grants, these grants are created for teams from school-wide designated Title I schools who are interested in competing in the American Rocketry Challenge for the first time.

STEM Innovation grantees receive: 

Free Registration: In the first year, we will waive your team’s application registration fee. Your team will also be eligible to compete in our Presentation and Marketing Competitions.

Funding: A $2,000 grant will be awarded immediately after approval of your application, with additional funding available if your team qualifies for the National Finals in Washington, D.C. Funds will be dispersed via check made payable to your school or school district. 

Rocketry Starter Kit: The information packet has everything your team needs to know about how to create a rocketry team, including: 

  • An overview of the competition; 
  • A week-by-week timeline of what your team should be working on, and key competition dates; 
  • Rocketry supply shopping lists, including suggestions on where to purchase supplies, and discounts from vendors; 
  • Instructional rocketry videos from the National Association of Rocketry; 
  • 2025 Rules for the American Rocketry Challenge; 
  • A sample letter to solicit local sponsorship if needed; and, 
  • A letter from the National Association of Rocketry outlining the safety of the hobby and competition. 

Mentorship: Your team will be paired with a mentors from the National Association of Rocketry and/or the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. These mentors will make a commitment to help your team with rocketry and provide a deeper understanding of the career options in the aerospace industry. 

Selection: Selection is made on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications must be completed by the teacher advising the team, in their entirety, with all questions answered in order to be considered. Grant applications will be selected and awarded on a rolling basis. You will be notified of your grant status a few weeks after applying. All applications must be submitted no later than December 1, 2024 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Applications will close December 1st or when all the scholarships have been distributed, whichever comes first.

Click Here to Apply for a 2025 STEM Innovation Grant

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