Maryland Association of Science Teachers

MAST Mini-Grants


The purpose of the MAST Mini-grant program is to provide seed money for innovative curriculum activities which expand learning opportunities for science students. Awardees must be a member of MAST (dues paid for the year(s) the grant is accepted and implemented), must have taught at the elementary or secondary level for a minimum of two years, and must be currently employed as a teacher.

Awardees will be selected by a committee which will evaluate applications based on the following criteria: (1) projects should directly impact student learning in the science classroom, (2) projects should be innovative and original, (3) projects should address current standards, and (4) projects should be cost effective. Ideally, the projects that are funded will provide the students with new experiences and make possible new scientific investigations. Preference will be given to persons who have not received prior MAST Mini-grant awards. The selection committee may elect to not make an award if the proposals do not meet the stated criteria. It is anticipated that most awards will be made in the range of $200-$500.

Mini-grant funds may be spent for supplies, equipment, printing, and other materials essential to the project. Mini-grant funds are not intended for student travel (field trips) or for the personal remuneration of the grant recipients. All materials will become the property of the school/school system in which the Awardee is employed at the time the grant is awarded.

Applicants should submit an application via email showing a time-line, detailed budget, and plan for evaluation of the project. They should show evidence that their principal understands the scope of the project and concurs with its implementation.  The merit of a proposal will be judged on the above criteria as well as the number of students that will benefit.  Projects that will reach students at more than one grade level are especially encouraged. 

Upon completion of the funded activity, the Awardee is responsible for submitting the following within one year: 

1) a brief article about the project for the MAST newsletter to the newsletter editor; 

2) an accounting of how/where the project funds were spent to the MAST treasurer; 

3) arrange to make a presentation sharing the project with others - MAST Presenter forms may be found at; and, 

4) return any unused funds to the MAST Treasurer. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

There is not a deadline for submitting a mini-grant proposals.  Proposals are accepted throughout the year. A principal’s letter of support must be emailed or sent to:                  

Dr. Ronald S. Hermann

Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences

Towson University

8000 York Road

Towson MD 21252


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