Stoney Grants

Additional Stoney Grants information

The Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association motto is: "Teachers Helping Teachers." On February 22, 1997, MESTA extended its helping hand to 10 teachers in Michigan through the organization's newest creation, The Stoney Grant.

Stoney Grants are $500 mini-grants given to educators to support student-centered Earth Science activities. The grant program was named in honor of Dr. Harold B. Stonehouse, the original director of MESTA, and a founding member of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).

Money for these awards is raised through MESTA activities such as "Free and Inexpensive," "Rock Shop," and "Rock Raffle." These events, taking place at various science conferences throughout the state, not only allow teachers to get classroom materials at very low cost, but now also support creative classroom ideas.

The purpose of this award is to support innovative Earth Science ideas in traditional (K - 12) classrooms, as well as “informal classrooms”. The “informal classroom” category is meant include museum and nature center staff, as well as college and university faculty. This second category was established in 2012.

MESTA has also opened the Stoney Awards to members of NESTA. One grant will be awarded to non-Michigan educators beginning in 2013. All award amounts will not exceed $500 and the application deadline is November 30 (extended to January 1st for the 2014 awards).

Guidelines for Stoney Grants

For Michigan Residents:

  • Any Michigan educator is eligible to apply for a Stoney grant. However, for your application to continue through the review process you must be a member of MESTA.
  • Grant applications must have educational content that promotes Earth Science and the stated purposes of MESTA. You must include current HSCEs or GLCEs, identifying which Michigan Merit Curriculum content expectations best fit your proposed project.
  • Grant awardees are expected to share the outcome of their project with other educators in one of the following ways:

    1. By writing an article about their project for the Michigan Earth Scientist.

    2. By making a presentation about their project at a conference of MESTA, the Metro Detroit Science Teachers Association (MDSTA), or the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA).

For non-Michigan Residents:

  • Applicants must be a member of NESTA prior to applying for a Stoney grant.
  • Grant applications must have educational content that promotes Earth Science and the stated purposes of NESTA. National applicants must show correlation with the current national science standards.
  • Grant awardees are expected to share the outcome of their project with other educators in one of the following ways:

    1. By writing an article about their project for the Michigan Earth Scientist, or The Earth Scientist (TES).

    2. By making a presentation about their project at a state or national science teachers conference.

Information for all applicants:

  • Grant applications are reviewed and awarded on a competitive basis. Generally, no more than ten grants will be awarded per year. Additional grants may be awarded at the discretion of the Board. The Review Committee is comprised of members of the MESTA Board. Applications will be reviewed by the end of January. Announcement of awards will be in late February.
  • Applications can be for interdisciplinary or team teaching projects, however, the content emphasis must be Earth Science.
  • Applications need to be geared to those activities not currently supported by existing funds, or which are not part of a school district's responsibility. Stipends and transportation costs will not be funded. Ideally, the money will be used for something that, once purchased, can be used in an ongoing fashion from year to year.
  • Funds requested must play a key role in the success of the program and cannot exceed $500.
  • The grant application must be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment. The required letter of support from your principal can also be scanned and sent as an e-mail attachment.
  • Grant awards for approved applications will be made directly to applicants. Grant funds must be expended within the school year the application was approved. Instructions for record keeping and reporting will accompany the check.
  • Approved grant applicants are responsible for submitting a final progress and expense report packet with instructions that will be provided to grant awardees.
  • For more information contact Eric Engel at mrengel314@gmail.com

Stoney Grant application form

The deadline for applying for these grants is November 30. To download the application form, click on the appropriate file listed below.

K-12 educators select the top file.

National educators select the middle file.

Post-secondary and Informal educators select the bottom file.


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