UT-Battelle Awards More than $200,000 in Grants to 28 Nonprofits

Source: ORNL | Release | March 18, 2021

UT-Battelle is supporting high-impact, community-focused programs, managed by 28 local nonprofits, with grants totaling more than $200,000, which will fund multiple outreach efforts from take-home STEM education kits for students to growing STEM Scouts to outfitting a mobile robotics shop.

UT-Battelle manages and operates Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Our grant program levels the playing field for local organizations of all sizes — especially efforts that support K-12 STEM education and career awareness — to receive funding for projects that benefit our community,” said Wade Creswell, ORNL community engagement manager. “We are excited to see these gifts put to great use, and we look forward to a new round of applicants in July.”

For example, one of the grants will go toward purchasing 1,000 Center of Science and Industry Connects Kits, which are science-themed boxes that contain a week’s worth of at-home STEM activities, to be delivered to students at Campbell County’s Elk Valley Elementary School, Roane County’s Midway Elementary School, Midway High School and Oliver Springs High School.

The organizations receiving funding include:

  • African American Affinity Resource Council
  • American Museum of Science and Energy
  • Anderson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Center of Science and Industry
  • East Tennessee FIRST LEGO League
  • FIRST Robotics Team 4462
  • Flagship Robotics 3140 Foundation
  • Halls High School Robotics
  • Hardin Valley Academy Foundation
  • Hardin Valley Robotics shop
  • Junior Achievement of East Tennessee
  • Knoxville Chamber
  • Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • L&N STEMpunks Robotics
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Muse Knoxville
  • Museum of Appalachia
  • Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club and the Altrusa of Oak Ridge
  • Oak Ridge Chamber
  • Oak Ridge Playhouse
  • Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation
  • Roane Alliance
  • Roane State Community College Foundation
  • South Doyle Robotics
  • STEM Scouts – Great Smoky Mountain Council BSA
  • Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Tennessee Historical Commission
  • Webb Robotics

These grants represent a new process that allows local organizations to apply for support through the lab’s Community Engagement Office twice a year. Under the new process, a monthlong application period will be open in January and July with awards given in February and August, respectively. An organization is eligible to receive funding once a year to deliver programs in five categories: civic/cultural, economic development, public awareness, STEM education and volunteerism.

More information about eligibility and the grant application are available on the ORNL website.

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. The Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit energy.gov/science.