The Smithsonian Institution is about to receive a $10.5 million donation from the Trump administration to expand its programs to include science education and outreach.
The Smithsonian Institution announced Thursday that it has approved a $1.5 billion donation from a federal agency to help expand its scientific education and reach the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The gift comes in the wake of a rash of shootings in the U.S. that have left more than 20 dead.
Trump, who has taken to Twitter to vent about the deadly incidents, has made the shooting spree and subsequent deaths a major focus of his presidency.
Trump has vowed to rebuild public trust in science education in the United States and to combat gun violence in the country.
Trump’s pledge to rebuild trust in STEM education has been especially controversial as his administration has made it a top priority.
The Trump administration announced the funding Thursday as it prepares to announce an infrastructure package, which will include $1 trillion for new roads and bridges, $1 billion for roads and other infrastructure projects and $700 billion for research and development.
The U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the funding will be vital to the advancement of scientific research in developing countries, which have seen an increase in violence, such as in recent years in Venezuela.
Guterres said he is “very proud” of the Smithsonian and its commitment to science education.
“I am very happy that we have received the support of the U