STEM Out-of-School Grant

The intent of this funding is to increase elementary and middle school youth engagement, interest and knowledge of STEM topics and careers, and to prepare all youth for STEM workforce opportunities.  Each year a Request for Quotation (RFQ) is released which focuses on two critical service areas for youth aged 8 through 14, or in grades 3rd -8th:

  • Giving youth the opportunity to experience science through hands-on project based learning.

  • Providing early intervention and prevention of youth disengagement from school through increased interest in STEM activities that improve academic achievement, school attendance and preparation for the workforce

Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with Cities, local education agencies (LEAs), community organizations and non-profit STEM providers. Proposals that provide services to youth with limited opportunity for STEM enrichment programs and/or serve under-represented STEM minorities (African American, Latino, Pacific Islander, and women) are encouraged.

New 2018-19 STEM Out-of-School RFP has been released!

The County of San Mateo Human Services Agency has released funding for afterschool STEM programs that engage youth (8-15 yrs.) through interactive learning and project based activities.  A total of $100,000 is available through this RFP for the 10 month period of September 2018 to June 2019, programs must serve San Mateo County youth.  Grant proposal deadline is Friday, July 13, 2018 at 12 PM PST

Interested parties must register with Public Purchase before being able to view and download the Out-of-School STEM Programs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) RFP, HSA-CCO-RFP-2018-002.  The RFP may be downloaded from the Public Purchase website.  Click the link for the County Human Resources Department where there is a list of current County Response for Proposals: .  Find the green Public Purchase rectangle and scroll down within this box until you find the Out-of-School STEM RFP, click on the RFP title which will transfer you to the Public Purchase website.  After you login to Public Purchase you will be transferred to the STEM RFP.  How to register on Public Purchase.  All grant related questions and answers will be posted on Public Purchase. 

STEM RFP Awardees 2017-18

Organization Program County of San Mateo
City of Pacifica Provides authentic, project-based learning at the intersection of coding, making and robotics for 480 (4th-8th) grade youth.  Connects in-school coding and making with afterschool interactive projects. Serves all coastal regions from Pacifica to La Honda and Pescadero
City of South San Francisco Building math skills with hands-on activities integrated with Makerspace on the Move, Family STEM events, Hands-on Minds-on Science (Cal Acad. Sci.) for 122 (3rd-5th) youth.  South San Francisco
Girl Scouts of Northern California Offers six STEM modules and two environmental science modules to 160 Girl Scouts (4th-8th).  Integrates leadership and life skills activities, financial literacy, and community service with STEM in each workshop. Daly City and Brisbane
Miller Institute of Learning Collaborating with Sheriff and Police Athletic Leagues to serve 120 (3rd- 8th) youth.  Combined offering of coding, robotics and making to provide youth with skills and flexibility to create projects that they imagine. City of San Mateo and unincorporated regions of Redwood City