Frequently Asked Questions about FUSE Grants

FUSE is a STEAM education program which provides a suite of challenges and professional development so you can implement a STEAM lab/studio in your school. For complete recommendations for FUSE program implementation, please visit our Get Started page.

What do I need to do to apply?

Step 1. Fill out the interest form.

Step 2. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will receive a link to the grant application.

Step 3. Work as a team (teacher, school/district leadership, IT coordinator) to fill out your application. This includes planning how FUSE will be implemented in your school. Check out the "How FUSE Works" section of the FUSE website for more information.

  • Who will facilitate FUSE?
  • Where will FUSE take place in your school?
  • Which students will work in FUSE, and how often will they visit the FUSE studio?

Step 4. Attend our "office hours" sessions to learn more about FUSE and the grant opportunity, and to ask any questions you might have. Info sessions will be held:

  • January 21, 3-4pm CST (Zoom meeting number 976 4544 0917)
  • January 26, 9-10am CST (Zoom meeting number 964 4138 6072)
  • February 10, 1-2pm CST (Zoom meeting number 973 9449 8381)

Step 5. Make sure you submit your application by February 22, 2021!

What is the timeline for the grant application, notification and implementation?

  • February 22, 2021: Applications are due at 11:59pm CST.
  • March 2021: Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a phone call interview.
  • April 2021: Schools will receive notification about the grant decisions.
  • Summer 2021: Professional development trainings; FUSE materials delivered to schools.
  • 2021-2022 school year: year one of grant implementation
  • 2022-2023 school year: year two of grant implementation
  • June 30, 2023: grant period ends.

How do I make sure my application is competitive and compelling?

The top priority of our grants is to fund FUSE implementations that will have a significant impact on young people, and will help school leaders fulfill their vision for their school community. We will prioritize proposals for in-school, classroom-based FUSE implementations; we also prioritize schools that serve a majority of low-income students (or schools in which a majority of students qualify for free or reduced lunch).

One way to make sure your application is competitive is in the principal’s letter of support (which is required as part of the application). It is important to be able to determine from your application that your administrator fully understands what FUSE is, and is committed to making it successful in your school, from prioritizing training to making room in the school schedule for FUSE.

If you have questions about FUSE, your proposal, or aligning to our priorities, please don’t hesitate to contact Lizzie Perkins, FUSE Program Director at