Apply Here: "Beckman Family" Awardee Community Support Grants
Program Overview & Eligibility
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation’s "Beckman Family" Awardee Community Support Grants are open to all current Foundation grant awardees, specifically from the Beckman Scholars Program, Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship, Beckman Young Investigator, and Instrument Grants programs.
As a current Beckman awardee, if you are actively engaged as a volunteer or Board member in a youth STEM or STEAM organization in your local area, you may apply to this program for funding of up to $5,000 for a particular project with that organization.
Projects should be aligned with the Foundation’s aim of “supporting young scientists today for tomorrow’s breakthrough discoveries” and oriented toward achieving positive outcomes in at least one of the Foundation’s current funding priorities:
- Engaging youth in hands-on science and math activities to encourage curiosity and student-driven exploration and learning.
- Using technology to engage youth in STEM/STEAM.
- Promoting the Beckmans’ legacy of technology innovation and leadership amongst youth.
In addition, the following considerations should be addressed in a proposal for funding:
- Where possible, the Foundation’s contribution to a project or activity should help to build capacity within the nonprofit organization to continue the activity beyond the one-time grant.
- The Awardee should discuss how the program will increase access to STEM/STEAM opportunities for the target audience.
- The costs associated with the request should relate to a stand-alone STEM/STEAM project, event, or activity and not part of a broader program, event, or target audience outside the Awardee’s local area.
- Youth registration to participate in the STEM/STEAM project, event, or activity should be open to all in the local area, when possible.
Process & Timeline
Grant funds are directly issued to the organization by the Foundation and include for acknowledgement an indication that the gift was made because their volunteer or Board member is a Beckman Awardee.
Requests must be submitted by the Beckman Awardee on behalf of a U.S. nonprofit 501(c)3, or equivalent, organization exclusively serving youth in their local community. As a matter of policy, the Foundation does not provide grants to non-U.S. organizations or institutions. This program defines the terms “youth” and “youths” as individual(s) 17 years of age or younger.
Requests are accepted by email on a rolling basis but must be submitted at least 3 months prior to the planned start date of the project. The Foundation anticipates a budget of $15,000 for FY24.
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation logo should be included on all publicity related to the project. Press releases, announcements, and social media related to the project must include the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation as Project Sponsor. The benefiting organization should make reasonable efforts to recognize the Applicant as an awardee of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation and identify the program and years associated with their award.