(105 ILCS 5/2-3.119a)
School STEAM Grant Program.
(a) The State Board of Education shall administer the School STEAM Grant Program from the funds appropriated from the School STEAM Grant Program Fund for the purpose of making science, technology, engineering, art, and math programming available to low-income students in disadvantaged neighborhoods. School STEAM grants shall be made available to public schools, charter schools, area vocational centers, and laboratory schools in which the percentage of students classified as low income exceeds the State average. Grant recipients shall use grant proceeds to conduct, or contract with a third party to conduct, programming that educates, encourages, and promotes obtaining skills and career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Priority shall be given to programs that provide hands-on experience and programs that focus on promoting young women to enter into the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
(b) The State Board of Education may adopt all rules necessary for the implementation and administration of the STEAM Grant Program, including, but not limited to, rules defining application procedures and prescribing a mechanism for disbursing grant funds if requests exceed available funds.
(c) There is created in the State treasury the School STEAM Grant Program Fund. The State Board shall have the authority to make expenditures from the Fund pursuant to appropriations made for the purposes of this Section. There shall be deposited into the Fund such amounts, including, but not limited to:
(1) transfers from the State Lottery Fund pursuant to