GM Issues Call for STEM Education Proposals

General Motors is committed to fostering smart, safe, and sustainable communities around the world. In addition to its Hometown Giving program in Detroit, the company directs its philanthropic resources through three strategic focus areas: STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Education; Vehicle and Road Safety; and Sustainable Communities. Through its investments in these areas, the company seeks to provide grantees and partners with the tools and resources needed to develop transformative solutions and create meaningful change.

GM focuses its philanthropic efforts in communities with major GM business units and an employee presence and supports recognized local, national, regional, and global charities able to provide unique programming and/or community outreach initiatives; broad strategic partnership opportunities directed toward its giving focus areas; and organizations that can leverage its commitment to empowering underserved GM communities around the world.

Issues of learning, inequities, and inequalities around STEM education are multidimensional and complex. On the NAEP math assessment in 2013, only 42 percent of fourth-grade students and 35 percent of eighth-grade students performed at or above proficiency in math. Proficiency levels fell even more at the high school level, where only 26 percent of students scored at or above proficiency in the NAEP math assessment. Across all grade levels, women, underrepresented ethnic minorities, and those from low-income backgrounds have lower achievement and higher STEM attrition rates. In 2012, for example, only 8.8 percent of African-American and 10 percent of Hispanic students earned science and engineering degrees, and while women's share of science and engineering degrees held steady at 50 percent, women comprised only 28 percent of all workers in the science and engineering workforce (as of 2010).

Against this backdrop, the company is inviting proposals for strong, innovative, evidence-based solutions that help it achieve its desired outcomes in the STEM education area:

  • Increase the number of students who earn a degree in STEM that matches a market need
  • Increase presence, achievement, and persistence levels for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields
  • Increase the supply of qualified teachers for teacher training in STEM-related subjects

To that end, grants of $25,000 and above will be awarded to nonprofit organizations working to improve STEM outcomes for students in grades 3-12 and college, with a special emphasis on women and minorities.

To be successful, all grant proposals must align with GM’s STEM Education goals and desired outcomes. All proposals will be evaluated against each other and assessed across the following areas:  

Program Need: The organization must establish a clear and compelling need for the proposed intervention and its link to the challenge(s) identified. 

Budget: The organization must provide a complete and accurate budget with a clear narrative that links to the activities in the program; all other sources of funding should also be included.

Program Implementation Plan: The implementation plan should incorporate a detailed activity narrative along with clear and logical steps that connect activities to the program and selected outcomes. The logic model should be detailed and captures the flow of the program from input to outcome stage.

Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: The monitoring and evaluation plan should provide key details on the expected impact of the program and set clear targets to measure progress toward outcomes.

Organization's Capacity to Deliver: The organization should be able to demonstrate the capacity to successfully implement the program and have a track record of implementing successful projects.

Letters of Inquiry are due by May 12, 2017. Invitations to submit a full proposal will be based on the merit of the LOI.

For a general program description and application instructions, see the General Motors website.

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