The Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement grants 2020 provides grants from $20,000 to $100,000 for up to two years in duration to foster creativity and inquiry-based learning and to support the development of STEM skills in students and youth in design, engineering and programming through hands-on learning.
What is the funding for?
The Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement grants aim to foster creativity and inquiry‑based learning and support the development of STEM skills in students and youth under 18 years of age in design, engineering and programming, through hands-on learning. The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:
- deliver maker projects where students and youth under 18 years of age can develop and apply their STEM knowledge through experimentation, tinkering and hands-on learning by engaging with a range of technologies
- encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking through the delivery of hands‑on STEM-related events and activities
- inspire students to pursue STEM disciplines in their study and work
- ensure that maker projects are accessible to as many young people as possible, including those in regional, rural and disadvantaged areas
- make a positive sustainable impact on youth under 18 years of age, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, including girls, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and youth living in regional, rural and remote regions.
Eligibility – who can access this grant?
To be eligible you must:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
and be one of the following entities:
- a company, incorporated in Australia
- an incorporated association
- an incorporated not for profit organisation
- a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines.
To be eligible your project must be collaborative in nature and include at least one partner organisation during the life of the project (see section 7.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines). You can partner with organisations such as libraries, private companies, schools, and not-for-profit bodies to deliver collaborative projects.
We recognise some organisations may not be able to nominate a project partner at the time of application. Where you cannot nominate a project partner in your application, you must commit to engaging a project partner in the application form, and provide evidence of a formal partnership as part of your first milestone report.
How do I apply?
Click here for more details and to lodge your application.
Applications close on 19 Feb 2020 05:00 PM AEDT.
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