make science happen grants

HFCF Making Science Happen Again

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear has kicked off the “Make Science Happen” campaign, raising funds for a third consecutive year of high school science grants in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties.

The “Make Science Happen” goal for the 2018-19 academic year is to add $1500 to the designated HFCF High School Science grant fund. This will make it possible for HFCF to invite 2018-19 academic year grant applications from area science teachers, and to select two or three worthy proposals for funding. Jane Nelson, “Make Science Happen” Campaign chair, notes that if the $1500 goal is surpassed, HFCF can make even more science grants.

“Summer is flying by, especially for teachers, who are already planning the 2018-19 school year,” Nelson says. “We all know that part of that planning is figuring out how to do more with less: less money, fewer resources, and diminished funding opportunities. We are excited to help make science happen in the coming school year.”

Two years ago, the Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear decided to prioritize making a positive difference in science-related learning by offering the HFCF High School Science grants. These grants are open to public high school teachers in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties, for the funding of programs, activities, supplies, equipment, books and other essentials that enhance science education.

Science grant funds were raised through donations from the Cape Fear Humanist community, last year’s partnership with the March for Science, and fundraising efforts like Attractions books.

With past support, HFCF has funded engaging projects, making science accessible and exciting for hundreds of area high school students. Some past grants include:

  • Pender High and Pender Early College PHEnix robotics team operating expenses
  • Laney High School SeaPerch Hands-on Robotics team kits, toolbags, and replacement circuit boards
  • Pender High School electronic balance with two data collection cords, for biology, general science, and CTE classes
  • Pender High School CNC metal and woodworking mill for CTE department to seed the creation of a “Maker Space”
  • Pender Early College plants and gardening supplies for botany, sustainability, and general science coursework

HFCF is hoping for broad support of the High School Science Grant campaign. Gifts – in their entirety – will go toward a worthy project in an area school.

Anne Rose, President of the HFCF Board, says, “HFCF is growing its reputation as an organization that supports science education. In this third year, our organizational commitment to science education will truly make a difference – and it will be noticed.”

Grant applications from area high school teachers will be accepted in the Fall.

To make a tax-deductible HFCF High School Science Grant gift online with a secure credit card contribution, visit:

Contributions can also be made by check payable to “Cape Fear Humanists,” mailed to:
HFCF High School Science Grant Campaign, PO Box 4792, Wilmington NC 28407