K-12 Innovation Grant

+ Deadline is  February 15, 2022 
+ Award winners will be selected and announced by the end of February 2022
+ The maximum funding available for each grant application is $2,000


The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) proudly announce the K-12 Innovation Grant, new for the 2021-2022 school year. This new grant program is created with the intent to assist public and private K-12 schools in developing and supporting a unique science engagement activity, program, or outreach.

Grants will be awarded to schools that support our core mission of science outreach and education. This funding can be used to support a multitude of programming, project, or initiatives.


To be eligible for an award, schools must fall outside other society grant categories. Schools must fall within the SACP and SSP geographical boundaries of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and New York.


The Society of Analytical Chemists (SACP) and The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the jointly sponsored Pittcon all aim to promote science education at all levels. The K-12 Innovation Grants are one aspect of the efforts of the Pittcon volunteers and the sponsoring societies to support science education.


Strong proposals should have the following characteristics (in no particular order):

  • New initiative/project or programs with a continuation plan
  • Proposed itemized budget with specific examples of how the requested funds would be integrated into the initiative or program
  • Initiative or program that will impact many people
  • What student/family groups will this program target?
  • What is the expecting impact on these groups?
  • Letters/details of support

Requirements of a completed proposal:

  • Recognition of SACP and/or SSP funding contribution
  • Ex. Listed on donor list, display of Society organization logos
  • Commitment to complete a report with pictures that can be used by the societies for marketing purposes
  • Please ensure that photographs have signed photo releases

Examples of Funded Items

  • Computers to operate a scientific instrument is acceptable
  • Purchase of science related materials (Foldscopes, science kits, etc.)
  • Any items that have a direct impact on the science education and outreach mission

What Cannot Be Funded

  • Technology-only proposal (ex. Computers for a classroom.)
  • Pass-through donations to other individuals or organizations.
  • Honoraria or cash awards for creating an endowment
  • Salaries or benefits