Micro Grant Program
Help bring outer space into the classroom and inspire the next generation of explorers!
Mars Initiative is committed to every aspect of sending humans to Mars, including educating and inspiring the generation that will first explore the red planet. Mars Initiative has established a grant program to foster interest in space science. We are providing teachers with micro-grants to purchase the materials needed for an effective and exciting classroom experience centered on outer space exploration.
Are you an educator? Do you have great ideas for space-based activities or lessons and need financial support to help it happen? The application window is open now!! We review applications four times a year: deadlines are July 31st, Oct. 31st, Jan. 30th, and April 30th. Grant recipients will be notified two weeks after the close of the application cycle. If you have an idea for an space-based classroom project and need up to $200 for materials fill out our Micro-G Application. Priority will be given to project requests for re-usable materials, but we also know that many educators spend their own money on consumable materials, so we will also consider those requests as well. Have a specific question? Email us at [email protected].
Small Donations make a big impact!
Are you not an educator but want to support space-based education? This program is your way to make an impact over and over again. Mars Initiative is using its network of space advocates to crowdfund an endowment-style grant program. What does that mean? It means we are going to collect lots of small donations and pool them together into a low risk investment. We will then use the interest to fund micro grants – lots and lots of micro grants. Because we are only utilizing the interest, these grants will continue to be awarded year after year. This way your donation will impact children for generations to come. If you want to help out you can donate Here. Do you want to make a larger donation to our education program instead? That works, too! Send us an email at [email protected].
Projects already funded with the help of Micro-G grants from Mars Initiative:
1. Space Kits [funded]
Teachers in Space conducts workshops to instruct teachers how to use Ardusat Space Kits. Mars Initiative is already funding some of those kits! Each teacher will then have the opportunity to take the kit back to the classroom to teach micro-computing and circuit design to their entire class! See the Teachers in Space section below for more information about this project.
2. SunSpotter [funded]
Hayesville High School procured a SunSpotter telescope with the help of a micro grant from Mars Initiative. This tool should bring observing fun to the students of Hayesville for years to come!
3. ANGLeS Challenge [funded]
Neighborhood House at Firwood Circle in Washington State procured materieals to participate the NASA ANGLeS competition. This celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission by giving students the chance to recreate the landing using drones and robots, focusing on making it accessible for underrepresented and underserved communities.
Mars Initiative is a non-profit organization, 501(c)3. We are comprised entirely of volunteers from around the world who donate their time and expertise. 100% of the Mars Prize Fund Balance will be awarded to the first entity that safely lands humans on Mars.