The Maker Projects element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme will provide up to $4 million between 2016-17 and 2019-20 to foster creativity and inquiry-based learning in Australian schools and communities.
The element is made up of two funding streams, and is now open for applications.
The two funding streams are for:
- The establishment of maker spaces in Australian primary and secondary schools, and
- Community capability building of maker programmes and events
Each year for the next four years, Stream A will have up to $800 000 in funding available, while Stream B will have up to $200 000. Applications will be assessed in the order they are received, and the round will close once the annual allocation of funding is exhausted.
Stream A: Maker spaces for schools
Stream A funds the creation of maker spaces in schools where students can apply their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge, develop entrepreneurial skills and gain experience working with emerging and advancing technologies. Grants between $2 000 and $5 000 are available to primary or secondary schools to establish a dedicated maker space to the benefit of students under 18 years of age.
The space must have at least one staff member to lead the project, and the application must include a plan for how the students will be encouraged to get involved. The funding is designed to help build and stock the space, with eligible expenditure including tools, science equipment, furniture and consumables.
Stream B: Community capability building
Stream B funds STEM-related maker workshops and events aimed at youth under 18 years of age. Grants of between $5 000 and $20 000 are available to Australian entities that have previously attended, delivered or organised a similar programme for young people. The grants will fund up to 50 per cent of the project costs, and must be matched with cash or in-kind contributions by the project partners.
Applications must detail an appropriate venue for the event, at least one employee with appropriate skills to lead the project and a plan for how it will encourage the community to participate.
Examples of STEM spaces in schools
Canobolas Rural Technology High School in Orange in central-west New South Wales makes way for a hands-on STEM education centre.
Source: ABC online
Alstonville Public School (NSW) is supporting their K-6 students in developing interest and engagement in STEM, through learning in classrooms and the Library's Maker Space.
Source: Alstonville Public School NSW website
Please note: these spaces were not funded under the Maker Projects.
Maker Projects are a part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
For more information on eligibility, please view the Programme Guidelines.
To apply for the programme, please visit www.business.gov.au/mp.