Girls in Engineering Grant Opportunity

Our Mission

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation believes that Girls in Engineering (GIE) programs can contribute significantly to the national need for increased women’s representation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Currently, only 20% of engineering undergraduates are women, and women compose only 28% of the engineering work force, with minority women composing less than 10%.[1] Increasing access to, and representation in, STEM fields for women, and especially for women of color, is essential not only for the larger goal of creating social equality for men and women, but also for efforts to solve the most difficult technological challenges of our time.  When women are not involved in science and technology, the experiences, insights, and needs unique to women are overlooked and innovation is limited.

To address this gender gap, the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation seeks to enhance and/or establish college and university supported GIE summer programming for middle school students.   GIE programs bring together middle school girls from the college or university’s local community, especially those in underserved areas, to engage in hands-on learning in the STEM field.  The goal of GIE programs is to broaden interest in engineering through engaging projects, exposure to STEM college and career pathways, and meetings with engineers and university faculty and researchers.  By giving young women the structure and support needed to access and excel in engineering, GIE programs promote the ultimate goal of achieving gender equity in STEM fields.

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation also recognizes that, while all girls lack representation in STEM fields, there is an additional barrier for low-income girls who cannot afford to engage in the kind of programming we want to support. Because of this, the Foundation seeks to support organizations that are providing free programming to low-income girls.


[1] National Science Board. 2016. Science and Engineering Indicators 2016. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation (NSB-2016-1). Web.  https://ngcproject.org/sites/default/files/ngcp_the_state_of_girls_and_women_in_stem_2016_final.pdf

What We Look For

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation would like to support colleges and universities that show a commitment to Girls in Engineering programs through institutional support and a dedicated plan for sustainability. We look for programs that incorporate the following components through existing (or proposed) guidelines:

Program Requirements

  • Is supported by a university or college’s School of Engineering, shown through submittal of an Internal Memorandum of Understanding from the School of Engineering and other institutional entities involved in the GIE program
  • Has sustainability plan (see requirements below)
  • Has dedicated program director who creates and manages the curriculum (please include job description in proposal)
  • Is housed on campus, in order to expose participants to the university environment
  • Hires women TAs and program staff as much as possible
  • Offers hands-on approach to projects and activities and an inquiry-based instruction method
  • Is exclusively for girls, with a comprehensive plan to recruit, support, and retain students
  • Actively recruits and is accessible to girls from underserved communities; majority of students should come from low-income backgrounds
  • Maintains strong partnerships with local middle schools and relevant community groups
  • Offers at least one week of continuous programming for each cohort of students
  • At least 50 students or 75% of students should be eligible for free/reduced lunch and receive the programming at no cost.
  • Provides transportation to and from program site

Program Suggestions

Sustainability Plan: As this is a competitive, discretionary program of the Baskin Foundation, there is no guarantee of continuation of funding.  Applicants are required to include a plan describing their commitment and capacity to continue the program if funding through the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation were no longer available.

Internal Memorandum of Understanding: Each application must include an Internal Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the executive officers and/or directors of the School of Engineering and all participating partners within the institution(s).

The IMOU should:

  • Identify the departments, offices, or entities designated to receive and administer grant funds and to manage and coordinate program activities within the institution of higher education
  • Clearly state the roles and responsibilities each partner would assume to ensure the success of the proposed program
  • Describe the resources each partner would contribute to the project, either through time, in kind contributions, or other (e.g., office space, staff)

Additional Considerations

  • There is a preference for applicant organizations for which women are the primary decision-makers.
  • There is a preference for applicant organizations that integrate gender equity into their personnel policies, such as robust parental leave, child care, flexible work schedules, and relationship abuse workplace policies.

How To Apply

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is currently accepting proposals for up to $25,000. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, first review our instructions on how to Apply for a Grant and then submit Organization Information Sheet. Unsolicited Letters of Inquiry will not be accepted.

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