The North Carolina Science Festival is offering event sponsorships of up to $5,000 to UNC System schools to host community events during the 2020 NC Science Festival in April. Festival planners anticipate making 4-6 awards.
The NC Science Festival wants to showcase the scientific teaching and research that happens on UNC System campuses. The Festival is offering funds to support a select group of community events themed around STEM during the month-long celebration to strengthen our exciting suite of public programs for the people of North Carolina.
There are four major points of emphasis for Festival programming:
- Fun and engaging elements
- New or exclusive access to research areas or experts
- Demonstration of how aspects of STEM are connected to our daily lives
- Celebrating careers in STEM
Priority of event sponsorships will be given to events that:
- Meet one or more of the major points of emphasis listed above
- Engage diverse community audiences
- Expand the Festival’s overall footprint
Additionally for 2020, we are seeking to support events that:
- Connect experts to the general public
- Leverage new community partnerships for your university
- Incorporate our 2020 theme: The Future
UNC System Event producers/partners with a track record of creating high-quality science education events for North Carolina audiences, inclusive of departments or individuals who have previously hosted NCSF events on UNC System campuses.
How to apply:
Complete the online application form below. Requirements for submissions are below.
- Deadline to apply: November 30, 2019.
- Sponsored events will be notified of awards by December 16, 2019.
- The maximum sponsorship amount is $5,000. Please apply for only what you need.
- Applicants must show at least a 1:1 cost match of funds requested.
- Funds will be disbursed in February 2020.
Requirements for event funds:
- Event must be offered at least once in April, 2019.
- Event must be free of charge to attendees.
- If selected, finalized event details and description must be submitted by January 11, 2019, along with a signed letter of agreement.
- Event hosts must agree to promote the Festival, adhere to Festival branding guidelines, and to use Festival materials leading up to and during the event.
- Event Hosts must use Festival evaluation tools.
- After event: Event Hosts must submit a post-event summary including expense report, start the process to return any unspent funds, and submit evaluation results as requested by the Festival evaluator within 7 days of the event.
- Event organizer's statement: Brief description of your department and team. How does the proposed event support your outreach goals? (Limit: 250 words)
- Event proposal: Detail the proposed event. What other organizations, if any, will be involved in the event? (Limit: 500 words)
- INNOVATION: Describe how this event is new or innovative. If you've hosted this event before, what elements are you adding for 2020? (Limit: 250 words)
- STATEMENT DESCRIBING HOW FUNDS WILL BE SPENT: What is the overall cost (estimated) to present the event, and what amount is the organization requesting for the sponsorship? Please provide details about how funds will be spent. (Limit: 250 words)
- BRANDING PLAN: Describe how your organization will co-brand this event as part of the 2020 NC Science Festival (Limit: 250 words)
Deadline to apply is November 30, 2019.
The selection committee will look at the following criteria:
- Does the event occur during the Festival?
- Is the event free to the public or a targeted subset of the public (like teens, seniors, etc.)?
- Is the event a special program that occurs only during the NC Science Festival?
If yes to all three,
- Quality of proposed event. For example: Is the event fun and hands-on, or if not, does it provide unique access, such as behind-the-scenes tours, interaction with experts, etc.?
- STEM aspect of proposed event. Does the event have the potential to teach the public something exciting and/or new about STEM? Or, does the event serve to raise the awareness of how STEM is connected to our everyday lives and/or provide an opportunity to learn about stem careers?
- Project plan. Does organizer demonstrate ability to produce proposed event?
- Audience impact. Does the event have a potential to serve a large number of people?
- Geographic impact. Is the event in a region of the state where we'd like to have more events?
Have an idea that needs more than $5000? Call the Festival team to discuss.
Questions? Please contact Jonathan Frederick, NC Science Festival director, at 919-843-8329
Last year, the North Carolina Science Festival was proud to support the following events:
- JSNN: Gateway to Science
- NCA&T: Community Forum: Made in NC; NCA&T Energy Day; NCA&T College of Engineering Maker Faire; Let's Go Sailing
- NCCU: NCCU STEM Day
- NCSSM: Lean In, Women in Science
- UNC Asheville: Asheville Mini Maker Faire
- UNC Charlotte: UNC Charlotte Science and Technology Expo
- UNC Greensboro: Science Everywhere
- UNC Wilmington: ChangeMakers
- WSSU: Elementary Mathematics Invitational