Grant Description

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s transformED is pleased to offer regional districts the opportunity to apply for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) Catalyst Grants of up to $16,500, funded by the Grable and Hillman Foundations. STEAM encourages a commitment to creativity, contextual thinking, and other aptitudes deemed critical to college and career readiness. transformED supports endeavors that strive toward achieving these goals in innovative and creative ways. Priority will be given to proposals that aim to increase STEAM opportunities to historically underrepresented communities.

Grant Themes

Grant proposals should increase student learning opportunities around at least one of the following themes:

  • Coding Across the Curriculum
  • Promoting Equity in STEAM
  • Repurposing Space to Support Deeper Learning


Grants are open to schools whose current free and reduced lunch rate is 50% or higher from the following western PA counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, & Westmoreland.


In addition to funding for project implementation, grantees will be supported through cohort workshops focused on developing local/national partnerships, running a pilot, program evaluation, and
grant writing.

Resident Experts

To further support grantees in project implementation, a network of internationally-recognized experts will be available throughout the grant period for virtual consultation sessions at no cost. Previous resident experts include representatives from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, ThinkPlace, and more.

Important Dates

Eligible schools are encouraged to participate in a virtual information session.  Sessions can be accessed by computer or phone at on:

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (8:30-9:30 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 (8:30-9:30 a.m.)
Applications are due by June 18, 2018.


Questions can be directed to Tyler Samstag (

Phone: 412.394.5829
Fax: 412.394.5750
Homestead, PA 15120, US
475 E. Waterfront Drive