Urban School Challenge Grants are supported by the Jackson Laboratory and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

Teachers, administrators, or department chairs of middle schools or high schools from Alliance School Districts public schools (See List and Requirements) are eligible to apply for up to $500 for a competitive mini-grant to support Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair student projects. The Applicant must have students that are registered in the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair. Funds may be used, but not limited to:

  • Transportation
  • Laboratory equipment, laboratory supplies
  • Field equipment
  • Display supplies and printing.

We encourage applicants to focus on the needs of their school’s or program needs for Fair projects, and not the individual needs of one student project.

Learn what one school did with its mini-grant funds.


To apply for an Urban School Challenge mini-grant, complete THIS FORM.


The Urban School Challenge is managed by Rebecca Meyer, USC Judging Chair, CT Science Fair Association. Inquiries about requests and eligibility as well as applications should be forwarded to her:  rebecca.meyer33@gmail.com.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; responses are generally provided within 2 weeks.