The North Carolina Science Festival is offering event sponsorships of up to $5,000 to UNC System schools to host community events during the 2023 NC Science Festival in April. Festival planners anticipate making 4-6 awards.
The NC Science Festival wants to showcase the scientific teaching and research that happens on UNC System campuses. The Festival is offering funds to support a select group of community events themed around STEM during the month-long celebration to strengthen our exciting suite of public programs for the people of North Carolina.
There are four major points of emphasis for Festival programming:
- Fun and engaging elements
- New or exclusive access to research areas or experts
- Demonstration of how aspects of STEM are connected to our daily lives
- Celebrating careers in STEM
Priority of event sponsorships will be given to events that:
- Meet one or more of the major points of emphasis listed above
- Engage diverse community audiences
- Expand the Festival’s overall footprint
Additionally for 2023, we are seeking to support events that:
- Connect experts to the general public
- Leverage new community partnerships for your university
- Incorporate our 2023 theme: Full STEAM Ahead
UNC System Event producers/partners with a track record of creating high-quality science education events for North Carolina audiences, inclusive of departments or individuals who have previously hosted NCSF events on UNC System campuses.
How to apply:
Complete the online application form below. Requirements for submissions are below.
- Deadline to apply: November 30, 2022.
- Sponsored events will be notified of awards by December 15, 2022.
- The maximum sponsorship amount is $5,000. Please apply for only what you need.
- Applicants must show at least a 1:1 cost match of funds requested.
- Funds will be disbursed in February 2023.
Requirements for event funds:
- Event must be offered at least once in April, 2023.
- Event must be free of charge to attendees.
- If selected, finalized event details and description must be submitted by January 14, 2023, along with a signed letter of agreement.
- Event hosts must agree to promote the Festival, adhere to Festival branding guidelines, and to use Festival materials leading up to and during the event.
- Event Hosts must use Festival evaluation tools.
- After event: Event Hosts must submit a post-event summary including expense report, start the process to return any unspent funds, and submit evaluation results as requested by the Festival evaluator within 7 days of the event.
- EVENT ORGANIZER’S STATEMENT: Brief description of your organization and its involvement with STEM education. How does the proposed event support the organization’s mission? (Limit: 250 words)
- EVENT PROPOSAL: Description of the proposed event. Is pre-registration required for participants? What other organizations, if any, will be involved in the event? (Limit: 500 words)
- INNOVATION: Describe how this event is new or innovative. If you've hosted this event before, what elements are you adding for 2023? (Limit: 250 words)
- SCIENCE FOR ALL: The NCSciFest is committed to the mission of "Science for All" - how will yourevent help to achieve that mission and improve access to STEM opportunities for North Carolinians, particularly underserved and underrepresented populations. (Limit: 250 words)
- STATEMENT DESCRIBING HOW FUNDS WILL BE SPENT: What is the overall cost (estimated) to present the event, and what amount is the organization requesting for the sponsorship? Please provide details about how funds will be spent. (Limit: 250 words)
- BRANDING PLAN: Describe how your organization will co-brand this event as part of the 2023 NC Science Festival (Limit: 250 words)
Deadline to apply is November 30, 2022.
The selection committee will look at the following criteria:
- Does the event occur during the Festival?
- Is the event free to the public or a targeted subset of the public (like teens, seniors, etc.)?
- Is the event a special program that occurs only during the NC Science Festival?
If yes to all three,
- Quality of proposed event. For example: Is the event fun and hands-on, or if not, does it provide unique access, such as behind-the-scenes tours, interaction with experts, etc.?
- STEM aspect of proposed event. Does the event have the potential to teach the public something exciting and/or new about STEM? Or, does the event serve to raise the awareness of how STEM is connected to our everyday lives and/or provide an opportunity to learn about stem careers?
- Project plan. Does organizer demonstrate ability to produce proposed event?
- Audience impact. Does the event have a potential to serve a large number of people?
- Geographic impact. Is the event in a region of the state where we'd like to have more events?
Have an idea that needs more than $5000? Call the Festival team to discuss.
Applications are now closed for 2023 mini-grants.
Questions? Please contact Erik MacIntosh, Community Engagement Manager, at 919-962-3274