Current Funding Opportunities

Proto Labs RFP for STEM Education

The Minneapolis Foundation announces the annual call for proposals to the Proto Labs Foundation. The Proto Labs Foundation will make grants to organizations focused on transforming students’ interest in STEM fields into a demonstrated ability to succeed in a STEM career, as well as to organizations providing assistance to parents and families to support a child’s STEM education.

The online application is open now, and all requests must be submitted online by the deadline of 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10. Yes, that’s 2:00 p.m.!

Funding Criteria

The Proto Labs Foundation supports improved student outcomes in targeted populations on measures of STEM proficiency, including 8th grade math achievement and the likelihood of success in college-level STEM coursework as measured by the ACT. Outcomes demonstrating increased student involvement in STEM-related programming will also be considered.

Eligible Organizations

501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies and public agencies.

Guidelines

The Proto Labs Foundation will consider proposals of up to $25,000 for general operating support and program-specific funding in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Proposals for funding will be evaluated based on the following criteria (non-exhaustive):

  • Number of low-income and students of color in grades 6-12 reached and number of contact hours with students.
  • Alignment with K-12 academic standards in disciplines supporting STEM education.
  • Evidence of previous success or a high likelihood of success supporting measurable student outcomes in STEM education.
  • Program design that is innovative, engaging for students, and focused on extending students’ interest in STEM fields into demonstrated ability.
  • Level of support provided for families to contribute to their child’s STEM education.
  • Sustainability of programs considering current and future anticipated funding sources.

We Do Not Fund

Individuals; conference registration fees; memberships; direct religious activities; political organizations or candidates’ fundraising efforts; conferences, events, or sponsorships; financial deficits; replacement of public sector funds; emergency/safety net services; capital projects; and re-granting/loans. Other restrictions may apply; contact a Foundation representative.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Resources are available to organizations that serve the public without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or national origin. It is expected that facilities will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

How to Apply

You may log in using your log in and password from previous applications. If you have not used the online application system before, you must first register yourself and the organization as a Grantee Organization. After you have logged in, you will be on the Grantee Dashboard. Please follow the link to the Proto Labs RFP. If you are unable to complete an online application, contact Nancy Cerkvenik (ncerkvenik@mplsfoundation.org, 612-672-3874) for further technical direction.

PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 2:00 P.M. ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 10. Decisions will be made in mid-November.

For More Information

Alyssa Hawkins, Director of Giving Programs, at 612-672-3865 or ahawkins@mplsfoundation.org.