Accelerate STEM Programs and Technology Use at Your School

$20,000 Grants Available for 2014-2015 School Year

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The Verizon Foundation is focused on improving student engagement and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and we see the use of technology–when paired with professional development for teachers–as a powerful way to accelerate learning.

It starts with equipping teachers with the tools they need to be innovative in the classroom and to take STEM instruction to the next level. That’s why the Verizon Foundation is pleased to present the Verizon Innovate Learning Grant, $20,000 grants to help U.S. schools advance STEM instruction and learning and the effective use of technology.

The Verizon Innovate Learning Grant can help your school:

Learn more below and share your ideas with us for how this grant could accelerate STEM education and technology use at your school today.

What is the Verizon Innovate Learning Grant?

Verizon Innovate Learning Grant recognizes and supports promising initiatives to increase STEM learning and interest in K-12 schools. The Verizon Foundation will provide $20,000 grants to as many as 50 U.S. schools to support these initiatives.

Who Should Apply?

This grant helps schools, particularly those in significantly underserved areas, expand or build new STEM initiatives that leverage technology for their students. Submit your original idea to bring new learning to your classroom.

Would your school love to launch a robotics program, or an app development class? Are you in need of a technology coach, or training for a teacher to get the program off the ground? Would your teachers like to begin leveraging new technology in the classroom, or learn how to better use the tools they have — like smart-phones and tablets?

Who is Eligible?

Teachers and faculty members representing any public elementary, middle or high school in the United States (50 states plus U.S. territories) in which at least 70% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible to apply for a chance to win a Verizon Innovate Learning Grant. In addition, schools that have received grants from the Verizon Foundation in 2013 and 2014 are not eligible.

How can the Verizon Innovate Learning Grant be Used?

The grant can be used to

Launch a new and/or support an existing program focused on:

  • App or video game development
  • Robotics
  • Design Thinking
  • Citizen Science
  • Computer science, coding or programming

Purchase new technology, equipment or materials for students or teachers, including:

  • 3D printers
  • Mobile device accessories for academic use (e.g., probes, adaptive technologies)
  • Robotics kits

Support professional development for teachers on the integration of technology, including:

  • Securing a Technology Coach / Instructional Technology Coach
  • Professional Development on the use of technology, individualized learning environments, STEM
  • Curricula and resources to support new STEM subjects or projects


This list is not exhaustive and each application will be reviewed for eligibility by the Verizon Foundation. Preference will be shown to programs or program ideas that integrate the use of mobile devices–including smartphones, tablets, netbooks or laptops–in some way, and those that give students opportunities to apply STEM learning in hands-on projects in order to increase STEM interest. Current use of technology is not a requirement.

The Verizon Innovate Learning Grant cannot be used for the purchase of technology hardware (computers, netbooks, laptops, routers), devices (tablets, phones), data or Internet service and access.

Grant funding may be used during the 2014–2015 or 2015–2016 school years.

List of 2014 Verizon Innovate Grant recipients


Your application for consideration for a Verizon Innovate Learning Grant indicates your understanding and agreement that the application is not a guarantee of funding from Verizon Foundation. Verizon Foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withdraw or amend the application; to reject or disqualify applicants; to select or not select applicants for funding, including, without limitation, participants in this information collection process; and/or to identify one or more participants with whom Verizon Foundation wants to solicit additional or supplemental information and/or to whom Verizon Foundation may want to issue a modified application. The foregoing is without limitation of Verizon Foundation’s further right, in its sole discretion, to award any funding to one or more applicants, within the context of this application or independently of it. Verizon Foundation reserves the right to reject any or all grant applications in whole or in part. Verizon Foundation shall be under no obligation to accept any applications. Verizon Foundation is not obligated to detail to applicants the reason for the selection or rejection of any applications.