2019 Grant Cycles
Winter 2018: Deadline February 1, 2019
Spring 2019: Deadline May 1, 2019
Summer 2019: Deadline August 1, 2019
Fall 2019: Deadline November 2019
If you still have questions, please contact Lisa Blyth at email@example.com
The Rural Activation and Innovation Network (RAIN) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Informal Science research grant (DRL #1612555). Arizona State University, The Arizona Science Center, The Arizona Tech Council, and the Lifelong Learning Group of COSI are spearheading this program. Efforts are focused on four rural regions of Arizona, each with a Rural Innovation Council (RIC) to oversee local control of the grant’s outreach.
These regions include Cochise County (SE AZ), Graham/Greenlee (Eastern AZ), the Verde Valley of Yavapai County (Central AZ), and Southern Navajo/Apache Counties (White Mountains). Each RIC will help develop and support the expansion of local Informal Science Education projects, experiences, events, competitions, etc. Each region will also create professional development opportunities for community leaders and members – to stimulate dialogue, interest, and engagement of their community members around STEM topics – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The research results will be used to support an understanding of how rural communities develop support networks, in this case around informal learning and opportunities based in STEM. For more information regarding the Rural Area Innovation Network, visit www.4AZRAIN.org
Yes, the Verde Valley of Yavapai County’s region name for the grant is the Verde Valley Rural Innovation Council (VVRIC).
Yes, below are the vision, mission, and goals for the VVRIC:
VVRIC VISION: Cultivate innovative STEM experiences that will enhance our local economy and STEM community identity.
VVRIC MISSION: Develop and support partnerships that shift cultural awareness to target and enhance informal science, technology, engineering, and math learning for all ages across the Verde Valley.
Start by reading through these FAQ’s, the Needs document, scoring rubric, and reviewing the online application. The process is meant to be fairly simple.
If you have questions, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Requests for funds and support must meet the VVRIC vision, mission, and goals as well as the identified needs and gaps in informal stem learning.
An experience can be one or a combination of the following: event, lecture, presentation, expo, showcase, long-term program, or any type of informal STEM activity or event.
An experience or multiple experiences must directly help support at least one of the VVRIC’s three goals.
Educational institutions may apply for funds; however, this grant is based on informal stem learning and, therefore, any experiences must occur outside of regular classroom hours.
An application should be submitted no later than three (3) months prior to your proposed experience. You may submit an application nearer your date, but those applications that are submitted three (3) months in advance of their experience will be considered first.
Minimum: $ 500/individual and $500/entity
Maximum: $1500/individual and $5000/entity
Since this is a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, we must follow their guidelines.
Therefore, the following items are not reimbursable by the grant:
This grant is for informal STEM activities – activities occurring outside the school day and curricula. Therefore, funds cannot be used in a classroom (K-16) during the instructional day. However, funds can be used for programs outside of the school day.
The specific needs and gaps, which fall under the main categories of:
1) Community Awareness
2) Informal STEM learning
3) Community Engagement is part of the VVRIC’S strategic plan and can be found on the VVRIC website.
The RAIN grant emphasizes sustainability and, therefore, local partnerships with other organizations are encouraged.
There is no limit to the number of applications accepted each funding cycle.
Total awards will depend upon the funding amounts requested in the completed applications submitted within a funding cycle.
You will be informed via email if your application was incomplete. You are welcome to resubmit an application, which will be considered in the next funding cycle.
A W-9 is required to be sent along with the application.
An application without a W-9 will not be considered.
You may consider submitting letters of support from partners (if there are any), MOU’s, website links and/or visual supplements.
We ask that supporting documentation not exceed 5 pages in addition to the W-9.
Yes, you must submit a request via email asking to roll the application over to the next funding cycle.
The awarded grantee will implement the event as proposed.
It is expected that the grantee will use the RAIN and NSF logo on all print and social media promotions; follow the marketing and photograph guidelines; submit reimbursement forms and receipts as well as complete the Milestone Report, at the end of the project.
Look for buttons on the right side of the VVRIC webpage.
Click on the Marketing Guidelines or Photograph Guidelines buttons for the forms.
The contact person noted on the application will be notified via e-mail approximately 6-8 weeks after the submission deadline whether their application was awarded or declined.
Successful applicants will also receive a reimbursement form and additional information along with their award notification.
With your award announcement, you will receive a reimbursement form. When requesting funds please complete form and a clear copy of all receipts.
Paperwork should be sent to: email@example.com
Funds will be reimbursed via check, mailed through USPS, within 30 days after you have provided the milestone report and all paperwork.
Within 14 days after the conclusion of the “experience” (event, lecture, presentation, field trip, or any type of informal stem experience)
If a program – report must be submitted by the last Friday in August if no other negotiated date has been established.
To meet the National Science Foundation requirements, the Rural Innovation Council (RIC) is required to conduct evaluations of funded projects to determine the effectiveness of the RIC in expanding STEM awareness.
To that end, the RIC evaluator will contact you after you have been notified of your award, to learn more about your project and explain the evaluation process. The RIC evaluator has the necessary tools and staff to conduct the evaluation at your event; you do not have to provide materials or staff for this part of the evaluation process.
Yes, an application can be resubmitted.
Prior to resubmission, please contact VVRIC grant manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) to clarify any issues with the non-approved application, then make appropriate adjustments.
Please send an email to email@example.com as soon as you know the event is officially canceled.
Ensure all social media sites, etc. are promptly notified.
You may resubmit an application, but not until at least 4 grant cycles have passed.
©2017 RAIN — Innovations in development project DRL#1612555 funded by the National Science Foundation.