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Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants (DMEG)

Resource MAA Programs

Funded by the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation, these grants support projects that promote math enrichment for promising or interested middle and high school students. The initiative aims to deepen students' mathematical engagement and encourage continued study.

Each year, we invite proposals from college/university mathematical sciences faculty, often in partnership with middle/high school math teachers, to create enriching math experiences beyond regular curricula. Interested middle and high school teachers are strongly encouraged to seek out college and university mathematical sciences faculty in the formulation of proposals to benefit middle and high school students.

Funding Details

  • Grants will be up to $3,500.
  • In-kind institutional support is expected as an indication of commitment to the project. No indirect costs or fringe benefits are supported.
  • Applications will be accepted from college and university mathematical sciences faculty at accredited U.S. (including U.S. Territory), or Canadian AUCC-member institutions. Partnerships with middle or high schools are encouraged, but a college/university must be the fiscal agent.

Types of Projects

All projects should:

  • Provide enrichment and extension activities for students which lead to heightened interest in and appreciation of mathematics.
  • Encourage students to continue studies of mathematics in high school and college and should better prepare them for those studies
  • Provide active enrichment activities, beyond classroom coursework, for students who show promise or interest in mathematics
  • Be open to all students who show promise or interest in the applicant pool.  
    • Undergraduate and graduate students may provide role models and work directly with students under the tutelage of faculty from both the college or university and middle or high school. Participation in the project should benefit the graduate, college, and/or pre-college students.

Timeline and Restrictions:

  • Projects should be conducted over a sufficient period of time to engage student participants in learning and applying new and interesting mathematics that they will not otherwise encounter in their classes.
  • Projects may be conducted during summer, during the school year, on weekends, or after school.
  • The Dolciani Halloran Foundation funding may be used to supplement existing enrichment programs in order to increase the number of students participating in those programs or may be used to initiate new projects.
  • Program funding is restricted to activities that are not typically part of school budgets.

Call for Proposals

The application portal for 2024 is now closed. To view the previous call for proposals click the link below. An updated call and link for the 2025 cycle will be posted here in Fall 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but it is unlikely all will be awarded. The MAA aims to distribute support across a diverse array of projects and locations. Departments considering multiple submissions should ensure proposals are distinct and involve different team members, following internal consultation.

No, MAA membership is not required for key project personnel. Funding decisions consider personnel qualifications, but MAA membership status has no impact on the likelihood of receiving a grant.

Grant funds cannot be used for faculty release time, as it’s expected to be an in-kind contribution from your university. However, you can budget for summer salaries.

Yes, DMEG provides funding for short-term events, including one-day events, with a general funding limit of up to $3,500.

Your institution should provide some level of support, which can be in-kind contributions like materials, office supplies, or space use, rather than matching the grant dollar-for-dollar. This shows your institution’s backing for the project. Indirect costs, or Facilities and Administrative Rate (F&A Rate), cover a university’s infrastructure support costs for research and projects, acting as an overhead rate. DMEG does not cover these indirect costs.

DMEG accepts applications from faculty in the mathematical sciences at accredited institutions in the U.S. (including U.S. Territories) and Canada.