Exelon Foundation Green Lab Grant
Opens Apr 15 2022 12:00 AM (CDT)
Deadline Sep 30 2022 02:00 PM (CDT)
Description

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is proud to partner with Exelon Foundation in championing science learning for high school students and in encouraging new thinking about our environment. We are inviting out-of-school time providers to develop a “STEM lab of the future” aimed at tackling solutions to the environmental crisis, with a minds-on approach and hands-on science skills. The program seeks to fund physical spaces where students can use STEM to learn about the Earth’s climate and energy in an engaging environment.

Our Goals

  • Provide high school-aged youth from traditionally under-resourced areas with access to labs with new/updated equipment.
  • Encourage a deeper understanding of how technology can be leveraged to promote environmental sustainability.
  • Provide opportunities to promote youth problem-solving and creativity using new technologies.
  • Foster career exposure and opportunities for students in each of Exelon’s service areas.

Who should apply for the Exelon Green Lab grant?

We’re looking for schools, charter schools and other nonprofit organizations with after-school programs that primarily serve high school students. They should also meet the following criteria:

  • Focusing on the environment and issues related to the climate emergency
  • Intending to build, expand or enhance a space dedicated to hands-on science, technology, math or engineering (STEM)
  • Primarily serving Title I-eligible schools or populations meeting similar criteria
  • Primarily functioning during out-of-school time
  • Operating in one of these areas: DelawareDistrict of ColumbiaIllinoisMarylandNew JerseyPennsylvania


Our Focus

The Environment: Your Focus. Our Future.

Climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, and other environmental issues are destabilizing and challenging the life-giving systems of planet Earth. The environmental crisis multiplies the threats to humanity, amplifying and worsening existing social vulnerabilities and injustices.

At the same time, the urgency of these environmental issues creates a remarkable opportunity to develop new technologies that move us toward solutions. Our sustainable future will also require inventors, technicians and scientists with the know-how to build, use and service this technology. Success in these careers will begin with the skills developed today.

With this in mind, your Green Lab should develop STEM skills with a focus on environmental sustainability and technology, along with strategies and careers in these fields. Your Green Lab can study a specific topic, such as Energy, Water + Food, Waste, and Wild Spaces. You can also explore a combination of topics, including these or other themes related to our planet’s environmental systems.

Your proposed program must also reflect themes of environmental equity and justice, such as racial and ethnic equity, economic equity, and/or the inclusion of indigenous people’s practices.

Guidelines and Timelines

When can I apply? When will the awards be announced?

Here are the key dates for the Exelon Green Lab Grant application process:

  • April 15, 2022 – Opening day to apply.
  • September 26, 2022 – Final day to submit applications.
  • November 9, 2022 – The 2021 Exelon Green Lab grant recipients will be announced. Grant awardees will be notified via email and on our website.

How will the winners be selected?

A panel of scientists and educators will review every application. They will evaluate each proposal, scoring it according to the following criteria:

Program Description and Logistics – 40%

The leading programs will offer clearly defined goals and learning objectives, activities that support skills development and alignment with the project’s goals. They will serve the intended audience and produce measurable and impactful outcomes.

Environment and Equity Focus – 35%

Winning projects will seek to make a measurable impact in the field of environmental sustainability and inspire careers in the environmental sector. The project should also integrate equity and social justice into its themes, goals and operations.

Project Budget – 20%

The top submissions will propose an appropriate budget that can achieve program goals while demonstrating the need for this grant.

Supplemental Information – 5%

Collaborative partnerships and supplemental materials will be assessed for their contributions to the overall application.


If you have questions about the program or general eligibility or guidelines, email us at Greenlab@msichicago.org. You may also request time to speak with a program representative directly. Email us for more information on setting up time during office hours. Office hours are currently limited to select dates in June.


Exelon Foundation Green Lab Grant


The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is proud to partner with Exelon Foundation in championing science learning for high school students and in encouraging new thinking about our environment. We are inviting out-of-school time providers to develop a “STEM lab of the future” aimed at tackling solutions to the environmental crisis, with a minds-on approach and hands-on science skills. The program seeks to fund physical spaces where students can use STEM to learn about the Earth’s climate and energy in an engaging environment.

Our Goals

  • Provide high school-aged youth from traditionally under-resourced areas with access to labs with new/updated equipment.
  • Encourage a deeper understanding of how technology can be leveraged to promote environmental sustainability.
  • Provide opportunities to promote youth problem-solving and creativity using new technologies.
  • Foster career exposure and opportunities for students in each of Exelon’s service areas.

Who should apply for the Exelon Green Lab grant?

We’re looking for schools, charter schools and other nonprofit organizations with after-school programs that primarily serve high school students. They should also meet the following criteria:

  • Focusing on the environment and issues related to the climate emergency
  • Intending to build, expand or enhance a space dedicated to hands-on science, technology, math or engineering (STEM)
  • Primarily serving Title I-eligible schools or populations meeting similar criteria
  • Primarily functioning during out-of-school time
  • Operating in one of these areas: DelawareDistrict of ColumbiaIllinoisMarylandNew JerseyPennsylvania


Our Focus

The Environment: Your Focus. Our Future.

Climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, and other environmental issues are destabilizing and challenging the life-giving systems of planet Earth. The environmental crisis multiplies the threats to humanity, amplifying and worsening existing social vulnerabilities and injustices.

At the same time, the urgency of these environmental issues creates a remarkable opportunity to develop new technologies that move us toward solutions. Our sustainable future will also require inventors, technicians and scientists with the know-how to build, use and service this technology. Success in these careers will begin with the skills developed today.

With this in mind, your Green Lab should develop STEM skills with a focus on environmental sustainability and technology, along with strategies and careers in these fields. Your Green Lab can study a specific topic, such as Energy, Water + Food, Waste, and Wild Spaces. You can also explore a combination of topics, including these or other themes related to our planet’s environmental systems.

Your proposed program must also reflect themes of environmental equity and justice, such as racial and ethnic equity, economic equity, and/or the inclusion of indigenous people’s practices.

Guidelines and Timelines

When can I apply? When will the awards be announced?

Here are the key dates for the Exelon Green Lab Grant application process:

  • April 15, 2022 – Opening day to apply.
  • September 26, 2022 – Final day to submit applications.
  • November 9, 2022 – The 2021 Exelon Green Lab grant recipients will be announced. Grant awardees will be notified via email and on our website.

How will the winners be selected?

A panel of scientists and educators will review every application. They will evaluate each proposal, scoring it according to the following criteria:

Program Description and Logistics – 40%

The leading programs will offer clearly defined goals and learning objectives, activities that support skills development and alignment with the project’s goals. They will serve the intended audience and produce measurable and impactful outcomes.

Environment and Equity Focus – 35%

Winning projects will seek to make a measurable impact in the field of environmental sustainability and inspire careers in the environmental sector. The project should also integrate equity and social justice into its themes, goals and operations.

Project Budget – 20%

The top submissions will propose an appropriate budget that can achieve program goals while demonstrating the need for this grant.

Supplemental Information – 5%

Collaborative partnerships and supplemental materials will be assessed for their contributions to the overall application.


If you have questions about the program or general eligibility or guidelines, email us at Greenlab@msichicago.org. You may also request time to speak with a program representative directly. Email us for more information on setting up time during office hours. Office hours are currently limited to select dates in June.


Opens
Apr 15 2022 12:00 AM (CDT)
Deadline
Sep 30 2022 02:00 PM (CDT)