“From Science Fiction to Education”

The SOLAE Foundation Announces our Educator Grant Program:
Have you considered enhancing your students’ learning experience by integrating Science Fiction into your teaching? Have you had a great idea for a lesson plan or other class activity with a Science Fiction-related theme that you felt would benefit your students but couldn’t implement because of lack of funding? The SOLAE Foundation’s Educator Grant Program may be able to assist you!

“See where Science Fiction can take your students.”

The Grant must benefit students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools within Franklin County.  Science, Literature, or Art Education with a Science Fiction orientation.

Can be used for: Books, supplies, music, speaker/lecturer, field trips for students, etc.
Cannot be used for: Continuing education of educator, travel for educator, personal benefit to educator, or Home Schooling.

SOLAE awards (4) Educator Grants per year in an amount of up to $250. per Grant.

Down load a PDF application for grant here

Grant will be awarded in the name of the school and educator. Mailed or delivered to the school.


  • Educators for grades K-12 are eligible to apply. Grants are available to educators in any discipline provided that the lesson involves Science Fiction.
  • Applications for the 2012/13 school year must be completed and postmarked no later than November 1, 2012, Grant requests received after Deadline date will not be considered. Applications will be evaluated and successful applicants will be notified in December 2012.
  • Successful applicants must complete their program before the end of the school year in which the grant is awarded.
  • Successful applicants must agree to submit a final report to the SOLAE Foundation at the completion of the program (not later than the end of the school year in which the grant is awarded). This report must include: a summary describing the results of the program, any lesson plans developed (at least one is required), how many students benefited from the program, a materials list with costs, and receipts for items purchased.
  • Lesson plans and program summaries may be published in SOLAE Foundation publications and/or on the SOLAE Foundation Web Site (with credit given).

Required Documentation

You must submit the following documentation with your formal application:

Completed Application Form
Professional references
Vendor quotes and/or other price documentation
Project budget and timeline


  • A maximum of one grant per individual educator and/or school per school year is allowed.
  • The total amount requested for each grant must not be more than $250.00. There is a cap on total grant funding for each school year. Grant applications will be ranked and funded until this cap has been reached.
  • Funds must be used before the end of the school year in which they are approved.

If Selected:

  • I agree that before the end of the school year in which I receive this grant, I will complete the project described.
  • I will provide a final report on the program to include:
    • Copies of lesson plans developed (at least one is required)
    • A summary of the results of the program (and suggested modifications for future use)
    • Number of students who benefited from the program
    • A shopping list of materials (and costs) for supplies
    • Copy of receipts for supplies purchased for the program
  • All Grant Requests give permission to be listed on SOLAE’s website or used in SOLAE’s promotional material.
  • Grant Recipients give permission to have their names, project information, results, and images posted to the SOLAE web site and in associated publications and promotional material, both virtual and hard copy.

Funding Priorities

The SOLAE’s funding priorities include grants for the following purposes:

  • Science, Literature, and Art Education
  • Science Fiction in the Classroom
  • To benefit Public School students in grades kindergarten to 12th grade
  • Public school within Franklin County

Funding Restrictions

SOLAE will not support:

  • Continuing education of teacher/educator
  • Travel for teacher/educator
  • Personal benefit to teacher/educator
  • Home Schooling
  • Projects whose mission is unrelated to Science, Literature, or Art Education
  • Multi-year grant pledges
  • Individuals, private foundations, endowments, church or religious programs, fraternal, social or labor organizations
  • Projects with unusually high administrative expenses or other indicators of financial mismanagement
  • Project organizers who demonstrate or have previously demonstrated practices that are irreconcilable with SOLAE grant standards
  • Political parties, candidates, or lobbying activities
  • Capital campaigns or construction projects
  • Organizations that discriminate because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or any areas covered by any applicable federal, state, or local laws
  • Projects based outside Ohio, directly or indirectly
  • Projects based outside the United States, directly or indirectly
  • SOLAE does not pay overhead expenses

Please note that a SOLAE grant award indicates our support of the specific project identified in your award letter. Approved grants do not imply endorsement, certification or approval of Schools, School Districts, individual educators, or their activities nor do they imply affiliation with SOLAE.

Common Reasons for Denied Grant Requests

The following list contains the most common reasons why the SOLAE rejects certain requests for funding.

  • Incomplete Application: Required or requested data and/or supplemental information and documentation have not been submitted.
  • Frequent Grant Recipient: Applicant has multiple active grants or has been a frequent grant recipient.
  • Duplicate Application: Applicant submitted more than one letter of inquiry or application for the same purpose.
  • Ineligible Applicant: See “Funding Restrictions” above.
  • Lack of Clarity or Details: Request does not state a specific purpose or does not provide adequate explanation or information.
  • Limited Resources/Budgetary Constraints: Grant budget for the proposed project is depleted or inadequate to accommodate the request.
  • Request Does Not Meet SOLAE Standards: Details of the request indicate that outcomes, policies or procedures do not meet specific standards of the grant program.
  • Multiple Projects in One Request: Request contains multiple projects.
  • Outside Geographic Operating Area: Applicant’s domicile or the geographic area for which grant funds are requested do not fall within SOLAE’s mission, priorities or grant program.
  • Outside of Current Funding Priorities: Request does not fulfill current SOLAE priorities.
  • Outside of Guidelines: Request does not fall within stated guidelines.
  • Overdue Grant Requirements: Applicant has current grant requirements that are overdue, or outstanding (but not necessarily overdue) requirements on an existing grant have not yet been submitted and will be a prerequisite for new funding.
  • Other Concerns/Poorly Presented: Application is vague or incomprehensible, contains excessive errors or other indications that do not meet standards of eligibility for SOLAE grant funding.
  • Withdrawn by Applicant: Applicant requests withdrawal.
  • Wrong Application: Applicant submitted the wrong application for their request.

Submittal process:

Attn: Grant Committee
PO Box 30664
Columbus, Ohio 43230-0664