STEAM Grants

STEAM fields continue to grow nationwide and here, in Huron County. To ensure that our next generation has the skills to take on this growing field, STEAM education is imperative. The Huron County Community Foundation (HCCF) and Thumb Cellular have teamed up to create a grant specifically for STEAM related projects at our local schools, libraries, and parks and recreation programs. These groups could win up to $1500 to put their plans and ideas into action! This initiative has been formed to support engaging STEAM education and awareness in our Huron County K-12 students.

Funded by the philanthropic generosity of Thumb Cellular “Casual for a Cause” contributions, HCCF is awarding multiple grants to projects that will promote STEAM to our next generation.   Examples of projects include investing in a 3D printer, expanding science or art equipment and supplies, bringing in hands on demonstrations about STEAM careers, exposing students to local STEAM careers through tours, starting a Lego MINDSTORMS program in your elementary school.... the possibilities are endless!


1.    Think about ways to improve STEAM education and awareness in our K-12 students

2.    Submit that idea by completing a short application along with one picture/visual representation of your organization’s idea.

3.    If the idea and organization meet the qualifications, it will be unveiled on WLEW

4.    Ideas and photos will be posted for voting, so get everyone you know to vote for your organization’s idea on the Foundation's Facebook page. 

5.    If your organization’s idea is one of the top two vote-getters, you receive up to $1500 to build STEAM in Huron County!



·         Two grants up to $1500 will be awarded for projects that enhance STEAM education and awareness.  Submitted programs/projects must be for the benefit of Huron County K-12 students and not for personal or business benefit.  Grant dollars awarded are to be used to complete the proposed project.  

·         This includes new projects or programs, program enhancement within the scope of work or expansion of an already existing project.

·         Any elementary school, middle school, high school, library, or Parks and Recreation program is eligible to apply.  Only one application per organization. (For example: Bad Axe Elementary, Bad Axe Middle School, and Bad Axe High School could each submit one application, but Bad Axe Elementary could not submit two applications)

·         Application:
- Find application here or via button below

-Complete form which includes a 300 character project description.
- Include one photo or illustration depicting your project in jpg format.

·         Simply e-mail the finished application: or mail: HCCF, PO Box 56 Bad Axe, MI 48413



·         April 22, 5pm - Grants must be received by HCCF prior to 5pm to be considered eligible

·         April 27 - Proposals going to Facebook vote announced Live on WLEW. Voting begins immediately after announcement

·         May 12, 5pm - Voting period ends

·         May 12, El Rio Restaurant, Pigeon - Top two proposals with most "likes" will be announced at HCCF Annual Celebration. Attendance of all applicants is encouraged!

·         May 13 - Winning applicants will be asked for additional information prior to check disbursement



All grant application entries become the property of the HCCF and applications meeting the required criteria will be voted on by the public via the Foundation’s Facebook page (  The HCCF will post the Project Description (300 characters) and photo/illustration depicting your project. Each “Like” received for that project will count as one (1) vote, so encourage your supporters to “Like” your photo!   There is a limit of one (1) vote per Facebook account per project.  The proposals with the most votes will receive funding.   Please note that the HCCF reserves the right not to publish applications that do not meet grant guidelines.  As with all of our grants, decisions are subject to HCCF Board of Trustees’ approval. Feel free to call the Foundation with any questions, 989-269-2850.