Gravely Grants for Chapters

In 2014, the STEM Teaching Grants were renamed in honor of the AFCEA Educational Foundation's first executive director, Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, USN (Ret.), who initiated AFCEA’s science and technology teacher tool grants program.

Chapter Teaching Tools Grant Program

This program is a joint effort between individual AFCEA Chapters and the Educational Foundation to promote effective STEM teaching and to enhance the abilities of capable STEM teachers in elementary and high schools worldwide. The grants are intended to help an elementary or high school STEM teacher (or international equivalent) to augment STEM activities for his/her students.

The AFCEA Educational Foundation will provide a $500 Grant, which is intended to be matched by chapter funds.

NOTE:  In order for a Chapter to receive a STEM Teaching Tool Grant, they must have submitted their Chapter Annual Report and Chapters that have a scholarship program must have paid their 6% assessment fee to AFCEA’s Education Foundation, plus submit a report detailing the previous year's funding,  If you did not request a grant last year, please fill out the form letting us know how you intend to use the grant.  Grant checks for the 2011-2022 academic year will be sent to participating chapters in late October. Wire transfer can be requested.

Send us your photos of teachers/schools accepting the grants and students using the equipment or involved in the activity the grants made possible! Click HERE to submit pictures.

Chapter Guidelines for Gravely STEM Teaching Tool Grant Selection

These are recommended by the AFCEA Educational Foundation. Local Chapters have latitude to modify based on their needs. Please refer to these guidelines.

  1. Individual AFCEA Chapters select one elementary or high school science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) teacher in the local community. Teachers working in schools which are poorly supported and/or with economically disadvantaged students are to be considered first. The awards are not limited to public schools. International chapters may select a STEM teacher from a DoDD school, or alternatively, the international equivalent of a U.S. middle/intermediate or high school.
  2. Selection should be based on the teacher's skills, his/her potential to use the funds well and financial need. The method of selection is at the discretion of the chapter.
  3. Requests for funding should be as user-friendly as possible. It is suggested not to require detailed proposals, but request a statement to include the following: How the funds will be used, and Number of students impacted.
  4. The AFCEA Educational Foundation will provide $500, pending adequate funding, per school year per participating Chapter, that is intended to be matched by Chapter funds. Chapters are encouraged to provide additional money should their local means allow and multiply the number of awards. Chapters are encouraged to make a substantial impact in one location rather than a wide dispersion of funds.
  5. Grants will be funded the end of September each year for the current school year. The funds should be presented by a chapter representative directly to the selected teacher(s) sometime during the school year, preferably in the fall, and then spent by the teacher(s) for such items or activities as consumable supplies, hardware, software, SMART boards, projectors or other equipment with a STEM focus. Grants can also be used to fund extra-curricular activities sponsored by STEM teachers such as robotics clubs, math clubs, and FIRST competitions. Except in unusual circumstances, the award should not be renewable to the same teacher or school.
  6. To confirm continued participation in the program, each chapter MUST submit a report to the Educational Foundation.

        Name of the selected STEM teacher(s) and grade level(s)
        Name of the school(s)
        Amount of matching Chapter funds contributed
        How the money has been spent
        Evaluation of impact (approximate # of students involved)
        Chapter contact's name, phone and email
        Confirmation of chapter's intent to continue participation
        Photos, if available, to be featured on our website and in AFCEA publications

        Click HERE to submit report.