Grants for Schools Open Through July 31, 2020

For Immediate Release

HOUSTON, Texas, July 1, 2020 – The Mars Initiative has started accepting applications for the summer quarter of the Micro-G grant program to award two $200 grants to educators for purchase of educational materials for space-based science content. The current application period will close on July 31st with awards to be determined on August 15th, 2020. 

The Micro-G application is opened four times per year for educators who work in schools, museums, libraries, after school clubs, or any other venue where students can be exposed to content that fosters curiosity and learning about outer space and related sciences. The grants may be used for consumable or reusable materials. 

“The aspirations of mankind will be fulfilled by studying, traveling, and living in space. Inspiring future leaders is one of the most effective ways to achieve that ” said April Lanotte, Director of the Micro-G program for The Mars Initiative. 

The Micro-G program has delivered several grants already, including Ardusat Space Kits for Teachers in Space, a SunSpotter for Hayesville High School, and materials for Neighborhood House at Firwood Circle in Washington State to participate in the NASA ANGLeS competition. The Mars Initiative has received over $2,000 in donations earmarked for the Micro-G program and has an active team of three volunteers who promote, review, and distribute funds for the program. More information and the application form are available on the website at, or by email at [email protected]

Mars Initiative is a publicly-funded, international non-profit organization focused on creating the opportunity for individuals around the world to contribute to the advancement of space travel and inspiring a love of space in young people. We utilize crowdfunding to make it possible for all persons to have a hand in supporting the first successful crewed mission to the surface of Mars as well as provide resources to classrooms and youth organizations that inspire the next generation of Space Advocates. For more information see the website at