The Federal Government has recently announced funding for 'STEM learning in Action-Maker Grants'. The Maker Project grants will be allocated over the next four years to eligible applicants on a 'first in basis' until the annual allocation is exhausted.
Grants for Maker Projects have opened for applications from eligible schools and community organisations to develop maker spaces, and to hold maker workshops and activities for children and youth.
The funding will be provided in two streams:
A) The establishment of maker spaces in Australian primary and secondary schools, and
B) Community capability building of maker events and activities.
Registration and online information can be found by clicking on the link here https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/inspiring-australia-science-engagement/maker-projects
New grants to put students' STEM learning into action
16 March 2017
We are writing to you with some exciting news regarding Maker Projects grants, which opened today to help Australian school students put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning into action.
Today the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Arthur Sinodinos, announced the government will invest $4 million over the next four years for eligible Australian schools and community organisations to set up dedicated maker spaces to offer students the ability to develop STEM skills through hands on experience in aspects of design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Around 75 per cent of the jobs of the future will require qualifications in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Therefore it is crucial we equip Australian schools with the right tools to encourage young people to engage with a range of technologies that will prepare them for the workforce of the 21st Century.
Maker Projects will offer grants of between $2 000 and $5 000 for schools to cover the costs of tools, equipment, specialised furniture and consumables needed to establish maker spaces that encourage STEM experimentation and tinkering in a supervised and accessible environment.
It will also support community organisations with grants of between $5 000 and $20 000 to expand existing STEM engagement activities and link young people with local experts, inventors, entrepreneurs and industries.
Maker Project grants will be allocated over the next four years to eligible applicants on a 'first in basis' until the annual allocation is exhausted.
If you have members or stakeholders who may be eligible to apply for grants on behalf of schools or organisations, we encourage you to spread the word.
More information about this grants programme is provided in the attached media pack.
The media pack consists of:
- An overview of the Australian Government's announcement
- A link to the relevant web page on business.gov.au including where to go for more information on the grants and how to apply for them
- Social media content you can use to promote the grants to members and stakeholders
- Minister Sinodinos's media release '$4m to put students' STEM learning into action' dated 16 March 2017
If you would like any more information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science's Contact Centre on 13 28 46.