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NESTA currently provides two Harold. B. Stonehouse (Stoney) Mini-Grants per year. The purpose of these grants is to support innovative Earth Science ideas in K - 12 classrooms. The application deadline is March 15, 2019. If you have any questions about the application process, contact Tom Ervin at

Harold B. Stonehouse Mini-Grants

Harold B. Stonehouse Stoney Mini-Grants are $500 mini-grants given to educators to support student-centered Earth Science activities. The grant program was named in honor of Dr. Harold B. Stonehouse, a founding member of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).

Download Application

Stoney Mini-Grant Application (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 71kB Feb26 19)

The application deadline is March 15, 2019.

Guidelines for Stoney Grants

  • Applicants must be a member of NESTA prior to applying for a Stoney grant.
  • Grant applications must have educational content that promotes Earth Science and the stated purposes of NESTA. Applicants should explain how their proposed project addresses the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Grant awardees are expected to share the outcome of their project with other educators in one of the following ways:
    1. By writing an article about their project for The Earth Scientist (TES).
    2. By making a presentation about their project at a state or national science teachers conference.

Information for all Applicants

  • Grant applications are reviewed and awarded on a competitive basis. Two grants will be awarded per year. Additional grants may be awarded at the discretion of the Board. The Review Committee is comprised of members of the NESTA Board. Applications will be reviewed and awards will be announced by April 1, 2019.
  • Applications can be for interdisciplinary or team teaching projects, however, the content emphasis must be Earth Science.
  • Applications need to be geared to those activities not currently supported by existing funds, or which are not part of a school district's responsibility. Stipends and transportation costs will not be funded. Ideally, the money will be used for something that, once purchased, can be used in an ongoing fashion from year to year.
  • Funds requested must play a key role in the success of the program and cannot exceed $500.
  • The grant application must be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment. The required letter of support from your principal can also be scanned and sent as an e-mail attachment.
  • Grant awards for approved applications will be made directly to applicants. Grant funds must be expended within the school year the application was approved. Instructions for record keeping and reporting will accompany the check.
  • Approved grant applicants are responsible for submitting a final progress and expense report packet with instructions that will be provided to grant awardees.
  • For more information contact Tom Ervin at

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