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Informal Education Mini-Grants



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Funding Period
Revised Funding Period (Updated 4/21/14): September 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015

Due to the uncertainty of a no cost extension from NASA, the performance period of the grant has been shortened to end March 31, 2015. If a no cost extension is granted by NASA, we will entertain extension requests to May 31, 2015 from those who have expended at least 60% of the subcontract amount by March 31, 2015.

Informal Education Mini-Grants
NASA is increasingly interested in the development of the future aerospace workforce. The goal of the program is to recruit students to aerospace-related research, especially underrepresented students and females. To a lesser extent than Higher Education programs, Informal Education Mini-Grants are available for innovative projects and programs that will recruit and educate the public outside of the formal classroom. Projects and programs funded through the Informal Education Mini-Grant program are typically implemented in large public facilities, e.g. museums and planetariums, or at large events, e.g. Science Festival. It is the goal of these mini-grants to expose as many Nebraskans as possible to the aerospace-related fields.

Mini-grants are not intended to be sustaining funding; rather they are intended to support a project or program for one year, allowing the project or program to grow and obtain more permanent funding elsewhere. Funding for non-NASA or non-aerospace related projects is not supported by the program at this time.

Community and non-profit organizations with an interest in implementing an aerospace or STEM-related project are eligible to apply for Informal Education Mini-Grants. Faculty and staff at Nebraska Space Grant college and university affiliates are also eligible to apply.

Funding Limits
Applicants may request NASA support in an amount no greater than:

  • $3,000 if the project incorporates delivering NASA content such as lesson plans and NASA-developed materials for participants, or utilizes NASA trainers, NASA web-based education platforms (e.g. DLN), etc. in delivering NASA content to participants.
  • Applicants who do not incorporate NASA content in their proposals will not be considered for funding.

Proposed amounts should be reflective of the scope of the project. It is important to note that not all projects will be funded at the maximum award levels. Selected projects may be funded at lesser amounts based on the ability of applicant to align with the goals of the program, or due to budget cuts.


Please see the proposal application for submitting instructions and other guidelines.