Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity Announced!

The Missouri Girls Collaborative STEM Initiative (MO Girls CSI), part of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), announces its Spring 2014 Mini-Grant funding opportunity.


Mini-Grants will be awarded to girl-serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share exemplary practices. Programs from K-12 education, afterschool programs, higher education, community agencies, and businesses are encouraged to apply.  Mini-Grants are a small amount of seed funding and are not intended to fully fund entire projects. The maximum Mini-Grant award is $1,000.


Important Dates:

  • 5/15/14 - Application Deadline
  • 6/12/14- Awards Announced
  • June through July 2014 - Award recipients receive funds from National Girls Collaborative office
  • July through December 2014 - Project Implementation Period


Mini-Grant recipients will be expected to present on their experiences implementing their projects in Fall 2014. The location and method of presentations is to be determined, but will be held in a central location or electronically to minimize travel costs. If funding allows, MO Girls CSI may help defray travel costs. 


Application Requirements:
Girls from last year's Mini-Grant funded project "Science & Engineering Day Camp" complete a hands-on STEM activity
  • At least two programs from different organizations must collaborate on the Mini-Grant project.
  • All programs/organizations collaborating on the Mini-Grant must be registered in the Program Directory.
  • The applicant must choose one of her/his programs to be the lead program.                                                  
  • The lead program must be located in a collaborative state or region currently offering Mini-Grants.
  • Preference is given to projects that are innovative and include a collaboration between organizations that has not occurred before.
  • Mini-grant projects must last longer than one day, unless the one-day project is part of a larger event (e.g. a one-day STEM conference for middle school girls that is included within a week-long summer camp).
  • Applicants may only receive one award per funding cycle.


For more information/details, including ideas for projects, please see the Mini-Grant section of the NGCP website:


You can also find useful information here:


For more information contact Genelle Speed-Hale at