Pennsylvania Department of Education
Office of Commonwealth Libraries
Glenn R. Miller, Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Building on the highly successful launch of his PAsmart initiative last year, Governor Tom Wolf announced this week that up to $20 million in grants are available to prepare students for the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and computer science.
There are two PAsmart grant categories: Targeted Grants and Advancing Grants. Of particular interest to public libraries is the PAsmart Advancing Grant category.
PAsmart Advancing Grants support cross-sector partnerships to provide STEM and computer science experiences to learners of all ages – early childhood, PreK-12, postsecondary, and adult learners – as part of a strategic approach to workforce readiness.
Public libraries are eligible to apply in the PAsmart Advancing Grant category as a lead applicant or a partner. (Lead applicants are encouraged to create a cross-sector proposal and apply as a consortium with local schools, community-based organizations, local workforce development boards, STEM Ecosystems, etc.)
In the Targeted Grant category, public libraries that provide professional learning to educators in STEM or computer science, may be eligible to participate with a local educational agency as a partner.
PAsmart grant applications must be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education by:
- Advancing Grants: Friday, January 10, 2020;
- Targeted Grants: Friday, December 29, 2019.
Let Us Know
We encourage libraries to work with your local partners and consider applying for a grant. If you do, please let my Executive Assistant Jonelle Darr know if you plan to apply and if you your application is funded. Her contact information is: (717) 783-5725 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glenn R. Miller | Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries
Pennsylvania Department of Education | Office of Commonwealth Libraries
333 Market St. | Harrisburg, PA 17101-2210
Phone: 717-783-2466 | www.statelibrary.pa.gov
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This communication is issued on the Deputy Secretary’s behalf by Jonelle Darr, Executive Assistant (email@example.com; 717-783-5725