Q: Can all teachers apply for WHSTEP Mini-Grant
A: No. Funds are available only to teachers in
our member districts of Bourne,
Falmouth, and Mashpee, Massachusetts.
Q: I would like to partner or consult with a
scientist on my project. How can I find a match? A:WHSTEP
can help! We maintain a registry of science outreach volunteers,
and have liaisons at each of the local research institutions
Q: How many Mini-Grants are funded each year?
A: The number varies, but most proposals
are funded partially or in full if they meet the
grant criteria spelled out in the cover letter and explained
more clearly in the FAQs.
Q: Can I use WHSTEP Mini-Grant funds to take
my students on a whale watch?
A: No. Proposals should demonstrate the capacity
to become self-sustaining. One-time, special events may
be considered with a description of pre- and post-event
curriculum and products.
Q: Do proposals have to be for science projects
A: No. In fact, projects in mathematics and engineering
Q: What about interdisciplinary projects, for
example Language & Arts Science?
A: Fine, provided that math, science and/or engineering
is a strong component of the proposal.
Q: Can I use WHSTEP funds to replenish my science
A: No. Funds are intended to create opportunities
not ordinarily funded by the schools.
Q: Can I apply for equipment or materials for
A: Yes, provided that the materials are an integral
part of an instructional plan that uses a new or innovative
approach to teaching.
Q: Can WHSTEP funds be used for conference fees?
A: Yes. Conference fees and travel are listed
as legitimate expenses.
Q: By "technology" do you mean computers?
A: No. The word "technology," as used
in Woods Hole Science & Technology
Education Partnership, is interpreted by the Partnership
to mean engineering and design (i.e. application of the
principles of math and science).
Q: When and how can I submit a mini-grant proposal?
A: Proposals can be submitted any time
during the year! Proposals are reviewed three times a
year, in November, March and May.
Q: How much funding can I expect to receive?
How soon are funds available?
A: Up to $500 per proposal. Consideration is
given to one-year renewals. Funds are available right
away, following grant approval.
Q: What if I'm not sure if my idea is okay for
a WHSTEP Mini-Grant?
A: By all means, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.