Empowering Educators Grants

About the Grants

The Empowering Educators grant program directs focus toward science, technology, engineering and math projects to help spark student interest in these subjects. Through these competitive grants, K-12 teachers in schools in the 29 counties served by PPL Electric Utilities can receive $1,000 funding for educational projects that focus on energy issues like renewable energy demonstrations, energy efficiency and the greening of schools.

Important Dates

Application Deadline – Applications are due October 31, 2016.
Grant Awards Announced – December 2, 2016
Project Completion – April 15, 2017
Final Report Due – May 6, 2017


Qualifying K-12 public, private and parochial schools in the 29 Pennsylvania counties served by PPL are eligible for these competitive grants.

Teachers who are awarded grants will be required to submit a final report to share the impact of their project.


Grants are available for projects that enhance established classroom curricula and academic standards, or support extracurricular activities of school organizations and clubs.

Projects MUST focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math topics.

What the Grants Can Cover

  • Materials
  • Planning time for educators
  • Field trip opportunities
  • Costs for substitute teachers
  • Transportation costs
  • Schools will be asked to make a presentation about their project, student benefits, and its results. If so, any project presentation costs such as display materials would be covered.

Grant Application Forms

Grant Application
Final Report

Examples of Previous Recipients of Empowering Educators Grants

  • Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences, Hazleton, Pa., for “Energy Efficiency and Home Automation: Student Solutions for the 21st Century.” Students will develop and test mobile applications to control energy-efficiency home automation systems.
  • Northwest Area High School, Shickshinny, Pa., for “Robot Generator.” Students will build robots and program them to turn a magnet within a coil of wire to create electricity. This hands-on project will help students hone their problem-solving skills while learning about the engineering process and the generation of electricity.
  • St. Thomas More School, Allentown, Pa., for “Energizing Education,” in which students will design and conduct experiments on energy efficiency and cost savings in the school’s new project-based learning center and science lab.
  • Stroudsburg Intermediate Elementary School, Stroudsburg, Pa., for “Stroudsburg Intermediate STEM Fair,” a showcase for science, technology, engineering and math that directly connects to the school’s curriculum, allowing students to model the work of professional research scientists.


If you have a project in mind or need more information about PPL’s grants program, please email community@pplweb.com.