Math & Science Education K-12
St. Louis, MO
A recent report from the President’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology states that, “science and math education will determine whether the United States will remain a leader among nations.” The Monsanto Fund wants to do all it can to ensure that students excel in math and science.
We support programs that inspire and nurture students’ interest in math and/or science, offer innovative approaches to teaching or learning in math and science, and foster student achievement in math and/or science. Priority will be given to programs using evidence-based methodology.
We accept Math & Science Education K-12 applications during two periods annually. The first period ranges from January 1 and closes February 28 at 11:59:59pm CT. The second period ranges from July 1 and closes on August 31 at 11:59:59pm CT.
Applications open July 1, 2014 and close August 31, 2014 at 11:59:59pm CT. To preview a read only version of the application or complete an Impact Report, select the appropriate link below:
Frequently Asked Questions
- Process & Timeline
- Program Information
What types of organizations are eligible to apply for grants in this funding program?
Organizations who hold a 501©3 tax exempt status and have been operating as a 501©3 for a minimum of two years.
Organizations who are units of government under Section 170©(1), such as public schools, libraries, villages and municipalities.
Organizations must be located in one of the 16 Missouri or Illinois eligible counties below:
- City of St. Louis
- St. Louis County
- St. Charles
- Franklin (Includes Sullivan City, MO)
- St. Clair
Eligible organizations include:
Organizations applying for support must have been in operation for two or more years.
K-12 public school districts - Individual schools must apply through their School District office;
Members of a private school system e.g. Archdiocese School System, charter schools, K-12 independent or private schools with a substantial student population who are economically disadvantaged;
Nonprofit organizations that offer student educational enrichment programming or teacher professional development in science and/or math - All nonprofits working in schools must upload a completed Partnership agreement.
Partnership Agreements (also known as Memorandum of Understanding) – When are they required to be submitted with my application?
1 -All nonprofit organizations that offer student educational enrichment programming or teacher professional development in science, math or arts IN SCHOOLS must upload a completed Partnership Agreement between the non-profit and the school. When the non-profit is a public school, the agreement should be with the school district. When the non-profit is an independent or charter school, the agreement should be with the entity that governs the organization, (for example, the board of directors or other authorizing body).
2 -All nonprofits sharing responsibility for implementation of the project with another organization must upload a completed Partnership Agreement between the non-profit and the other implementing organization which outlines the roles and responsibilities of both parties for implementation and timeline.
What must the Partnership Agreement include?
1 – For non-profits working in public schools: a statement as to how this program supports the district’s academic strategy and creates value to the district and how the district plans to hold the organization accountable for the outcomes of the program. The agreement must outline the roles and responsibilities of both parties for implementation and the timeline.
2 - For non-profits working in independent or charter schools: a statement as to how the program supports the academic strategy for the school and adds value to the school, and how the entity that governs the organization (e.g. board of directors) plans to hold the organization accountable for the outcomes of the program. The agreement must outline the roles and responsibilities of both parties for implementation and the timeline.
Are private or independent schools eligible to apply for this program?
Yes, private or independent schools may apply for this program, provided that
(a) Admission is open to all students in a given community, and
(b) At least 50 percent of the students served by the school qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.
How do I apply for a Monsanto Fund Grant?
All applications must be completed online.
What is the deadline for grant applications?
Organizations can view and familiarize themselves with the grant application any time throughout the year. Annually there are two cycles to apply for Math and Science K-12 program. The first cycle begins on January 1 and ends at at 11:59:59pm CT on February 28. The second cycle begins on July 1 and ends at 11:59:59pm CT on August 31.
Can I apply for a grant to fund a program that has already started? When must my program start and when is it expected to be completed?
All funding requests must be for program activities that start after funding decisions are made. Grant seekers applying for grants in the first cycle should have a project start date no earlier than June 1, and those applying during the second cycle should have a project start date no earlier than December 1. All programs must be completed within one year of the start date.
What additional information will I need to submit with my grant application?
All grant applicants are expected to upload the following documents, as applicable:
- Partnership Letter for nonprofit organizations working in the schools
- Most Recent Audited Financials (if applying for a grant over $10,000)
- Project Goals, Objectives and Outcomes Worksheet
- Project Budget Worksheet for projects one year or less OR Project Budget Worksheet for projects greater than one year. Each worksheet requires a Program Revenue and Program Expenses tab be completed. The Program Revenue tab asks for the revenue sources that will fund the program and the Program Expenses tab asks for a full description of expenses associated with the project.
Why are audited financial statements required for grants greater than $10,000?
Audited financial statements are verification by an independent accounting firm that an organization’s financial statements are presented fairly, in all material respects, and provide reasonable assurance that the statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the US.
How do I submit an application?
- Log into the application and click the “Continue” link located at the bottom of the Welcome page under the “Applications Requiring Action” heading.
- Within each section of the application click the "Save and Proceed" button at the bottom of each page until you’re at the end of the application, or click the last link in the timeline at the top of the page.
- You are brought to the “Review Your Application” page. (You cannot proceed to this page until you have completed all required fields on each page.)
- Click the "Submit" button. Once submitted you can no longer make any changes. If you have questions, click the "Need Support" button at the bottom of each page.
When and how will we be notified if we will be receiving a grant?
Grant decisions will be communicated by email. Notifications will be sent in June for the first cycle and in December for second cycle.
What will Monsanto Fund not fund?
- Individual aid or personal support
- Underwriting deficits
- Fraternal, labor or veterans organizations, unless the project benefits the general public
- Benefits, dinners, advertisements
- Religious, politically partisan or similar groups
- Activities that directly support Monsanto Company marketing programs
- Projects in which the Monsanto Company has a financial interest or could derive a financial benefit through cash or rights to intellectual property
- Organizations that discriminate based on race, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, age or national origin
What is the average grant award?
The average grant for Math and Science K-12 is $40,000. Monsanto Fund typically will not support grants that are larger than 25% of your organization’s operating budget. Please remember, grant requests of more than $10,000 require your organization to submit the most recent Audited Financials. If you do not have Audited Financials, the maximum grant you can apply for is $10,000.
Can we apply for a multi-year grant?
We rarely fund multi-year grants.
What kinds of Math and Science K-12 programs does Monsanto Fund support?
Math and Science K-12 programs that are focused on:
- Curriculum Improvement in Math or Science
- Innovative Uses of Technology to Enhance Math or Science Learning or Instruction
- Equipment or Materials to Enhance Math or Science Learning or Instruction
- Professional Development for Teachers or School Leaders to Enhance Math or Science Learning or Instructions
- Enrichment Programming to Enhance Math and Science Learning
Must the program we are applying for be a new program or can it be an existing program?
You can apply for either a new program OR an existing program. If it is an existing program, please describe current successes as well as how you were able to fund the program in the past and why you need funding from the Monsanto Fund at this time. If it is a new program, provide evidence why you think this project will be successful.
Can we apply for programming that enhances all areas of education, or must it be solely focused on math and/or science?
Although there are needs in many areas of education, this program is focused solely on improving teaching and learning in math and/or science.
Can our organization apply under more than one category i.e. Curriculum Improvement and Professional Development for Teachers?
Yes. Applicants may have a program that covers more than one of the Math and Science K-12 category options, and if so, they may select more than one category when applying. This does not mean applicants should apply for two separate programs, one in each category. It should be one program with multiple components that accomplish two or more of the categories, i.e. a professional development program that includes an innovative use of technology.
Can our organization apply in more than one category in the same funding cycle, i.e. Access to the Arts AND Math and Science K-12?
We recommend that organizations choose one grant category to apply for. Given the great need and our limited resources, it is highly unlikely that the Monsanto Fund will fund two applications from the same organization in the same year.
For the programs with two cycles a year (Access to the Arts and Math and Science K-12) can we apply during both funding cycles?
Monsanto Fund will only make one grant per organization per year. If you apply in one funding cycle and do not receive a grant, you can re-apply in the next funding cycle. If, however, your organization applies and receives a grant from the Monsanto Fund, you should reapply during that funding cycle the next year, not the funding cycle immediately after.
In terms of the scope of project, is there a number of students or teachers you'd like to see served?
No, there is no set or minimum number of students or teachers that must be served by a program. Please be as accurate as possible in your estimations of the number of students and/or teachers who will be impacted or involved in the program.
Where can we find information on the per capita income or student poverty rate in our school district?
Will funding decisions be based on the financial need of the district or strictly on the merit of the proposed program?
Decisions will be based on a combination of financial need in the district or school, the merit of the proposed program, and the intended outcomes on teaching or learning in science and math.
Will Monsanto Fund grants cover overhead costs?
Yes. Up to 20% of the requested grant amount can be utilized for overhead costs.
Will Monsanto Fund grants cover program evaluation?
Yes, Up to 5 percent of the requested grant amount can be utilized for program evaluation. We support evidence-based programs.
Can funds be used for staff salaries?
Yes. The Monsanto Fund grant can be used to pay for staff salaries.
What do reviewers look for in applications?
To learn more about how grant proposals are scored, and for tips on how to write a compelling application click here. All proposals should include the following:
- Clear project goals
- Clear project details, including the specific activities and timelines
- Clear description of who will benefit from the proposed project, including numbers of participants
- Clear description of why the target population is in need of the proposed project or services
- Clear and realistic project goals
- Clear description of how the project’s progress will be assessed, and what indicators will be used to determine impact
- Clear description of how the project’s activities and impact may continue beyond the life of the grant
- Clear description of how the grant will be used, including clear calculations and relevant cost explanations
Is there someone I can talk to about my proposal?
We will provide an opportunity for a conference call with grant seekers to answer questions during the January-February application open period only. We encourage current and prospective grantees to participate.
If we are not selected, will the Monsanto Fund provide feedback on our application?
We are unable to provide feedback on individual applications.
My application was returned. How do I resubmit?
- Login to your previously submitted application and make the requested changes.
- Within each section of the application you can either click the “Save and Proceed” button at the bottom of each page until you are at the end of the application, or click the last link in the timeline at the top of the page.
- You are brought to the “Review Your Application” page. (You cannot proceed to this page until you have completed all required fields.)
- Click the "Submit" button. Once submitted you can no longer make any changes. If you have questions, you can click the "Need Support" button at the bottom of each page.
Can I make changes to my project after it is funded?
All changes to the project or budget must be submitted and approved by the Monsanto Fund in writing. Prospective changes should not alter the original intent of the grant funded by the Monsanto Fund.
What are the specific reporting requirements?
Grantees will be asked to report to the Monsanto Fund at the midpoint and at the end of the grant period. An online template will be provided for grantees to complete the outcomes on goals of the program and to report financial expenditures. Grantees will be notified by email when impact reports are available and when reports are due.
My grant award is paid in two installments. What do I need to do for my second installment?
You must complete an interim impact report to receive the second installment of your grant award. You must have expended at least 70% of the portion of the Monsanto Fund grant funds you have RECEIVED before subsequent payments will be made.