Bell Girl Day Grants Overview
The 2019-2020 application for Bell Girl Day Grants is now available!
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is an annual campaign that takes place during Engineers Week in the U.S. with the intention of introducing girls to the fascinating world of engineering. DiscoverE is excited to make available a limited number of grants ranging between $500 and $1000 for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day programs taking place on and around Girl Day. Funding is available for Girl Day events scheduled to take place January through March 2020.
The Bell Girl Day Grant from DiscoverE honors the work of longtime Girl Day champion, Truman Bell of ExxonMobil. His dedication to introducing girls to engineering has served as a model for DiscoverE's partners and volunteers.
- Individuals or organizations located in the United States.
- To ensure everyone an equal opportunity at receiving funding, we cannot fund the same event/ organization more than once.
- Applicants who received Bell Girl Day grants previously are not eligible to apply.
- New applications from individuals or organizations who previously applied for a Bell Girl Day grant, and were not accepted, will be considered.
- Applicants must be signed up as a Girl Day Role Model to be considered. Not already a Role Model? Visit this page to learn more and sign up.
- The project/program must target girls age 5 to 18.
- Applications must be submitted online. Please note: The online form cannot save partially completed applications. Be sure to assemble all the content and return to the online form when you are ready to submit an application.
- A short report is due upon project completion. Reports will be submitted online.
- Digital photos and quotes/anecdotes from the project/program must be submitted for the report to be considered complete.
- Photo releases will be required for all report photos. Download the release form for adults and the release form for minors. For large events where releases are not possible, be sure to post a sign notifying attendees that photos may be taken and used by DiscoverE for educational purposes. Preview the language here .
- Programs need not be new, but must meet all other requirements.
- The Bell Girl Day Grants are intended to help fund programs and events led by not-for-profit organizations. If you are applying as a for-profit organization or corporation, your application may not be considered.
- Grants range between $500 and $1000. When submitting your request, please include your event/ program budget and list other sources of funding.
- Funds will be disbursed in two payments, 50% will be paid upon grant approval and the remaining 50% will be paid upon receipt of the final report, event photos and signed photo releases.
- Funds may be used for site rental; food/non-alcoholic drinks (lunches for students, etc.); bus transportation, photography, educational materials and essential project supplies.
- Funds may not be used for alcoholic beverages, salaries or stipends, indirect charges/administrative overhead, capital expenditures or computer hardware.
- Deadline: Applications are due October 18, 2019 (11:59 pm eastern).
- Applications will be reviewed by the DiscoverE grant administrator.
- Applicants will be notified of a decision by late November.
- Projects/programs must be completed on or around Girl Day (January-March 2020).
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day events can include, but are not limited to:
- Organize a trip to a local science center and plan hands-on activities for afterward.
- Hold a presentation for high school girls and a Q&A with professionals in the field.
- Visit a classroom or work with organizations like, Girls, Inc., Girl Scouts, National Girls Collaborative Project or Boys and Girls Clubs of America to work with students in K-12 through fun hands-on activities.
Get more ideas! Download the Sample Girl Day Events document and learn how others have organized Girl Day events.
The 2019-2020 online application is now available. Click here!