Grant Application Form 

The current Grant deadline is March 31, 2023 with grants chosen during April and dispersed by April 30, 2023

QCESC STEM Grants in the News

2022 – Mississippi Bend AEA NASA Project

QCESC STEM Grants Supporting PK-12  Grade Students

The Quad City Engineering & Science Council (QCESC) is excited to announce that funding is available to support STEM education and learning supporting students age 4-18 (grades Pre-K through 12th grade) 

Eligibility Requirements to Apply:

  • School (public or private), 501(c)(3) non-profit or public library 
  • Supporting students ages 4-18 (grades PK-12) with STEM education in the QCESC region in one of the following locations:
    • Illinois Counties:
      • Carroll
      • Henry
      • Knox
      • Lee
      • Mercer
      • Rock Island
      • Whiteside
    • Iowa Counties:
      • Clinton
      • Louisa
      • Muscatine
      • Scott
  • Grant Request should be less than $2,500
  • Recipients of a grant will present their experience and results at a future QCESC meeting

Timeframes for Applying and Award Announcements:

  • Grant applications and funding is expected to be available twice per year. 
  • The schedule for grant applications and awards is:
    • Fall with October 31 deadline to apply with grants awarded by November 30
    • Spring with March 31 deadline to apply with grants awarded by April 30

Eligible Funding

  • STEM materials & kits
  • Training
  • Busing and transportation for participants
  • Food for participants

Non-Eligible Funding

  • Costs for overhead, salaries or administration
  • T-shirts or anything that is not supporting directly STEM Education

 Key Grant Selection Criteria:

  • Support for underserved (low income) students
  • Support for students and students underrepresented in STEM . This includes African Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, and females
  • Financial need
  • Support increasing student interest and achievement in STEM

 If you have further questions on the QCESC STEM Grants, email [email protected] 

 The QCESC is seeking additional sponsors to support growing funding for the program. If you are interested in supporting, email to [email protected] 


  • Fall 2022
    • $1,000 – Riverdale School – One Kit for teaching Robotics
    • $500 – Manufacturing STEM Camp at Dav West, providing lunch and materials for attendees.
    • $2,000 – Mississippi Bend AEA – Travel Expenses to bring Steven Smith from NASA
    • $2,500 – STEAM on Wheels – Laser Cutter
    • $2,500 – QC Elite – Practice field at Southpark mall location