The Utah STEM Action Center Student Fairs, Camps and Competitions (FCC) Grant is now open. The grant is available to Utah K-12 students interested in participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) related fairs, camps or competitions. Applications are due Friday, Oct 30 at midnight.

“We are so excited to announce the opening of this grant for the 2015-2016 school year,” says Dr. Tamara Goetz, executive director of the Utah STEM Action Center. “Each year this grant has allowed more and more students to get involved, and we can’t wait to see the positive impact it will have on Utah students in the upcoming year.”

The STEM Action Center FCC Grant encourages student participation in STEM-focused activities. Requests for funding should be based on what is required to participate or compete in the STEM activity, such as entrance fees, project materials and travel to and from the event.

The FCC Grant is a post-performance grant, meaning students and their mentors are reimbursed for approved expenses after the activity has taken place. Although there will be multiple solicitations of this grant throughout the 2015-2016 school year, students are only eligible for one award per grant year. Award notifications will be sent by Nov. 27, 2015.

Last year, the STEM Action Center awarded $391,000 to students through the FCC Grant, and approximately 2,400 Utah students were afforded new opportunities as a result. The 2014-2015 Student FCC grant saw an 82 percent increase in applications from the previous year. Fifty percent of the students awarded fell into the “first-time applicant” category.

To learn more and apply, visit stem.utah.gov.