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Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme: Maker Projects

Overview

This programme seeks to encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking through the development of maker spaces and activities in schools and communities.

It aims to foster creativity and inquiry based learning in Australian schools and communities through the establishment of:
- Maker spaces in schools where students can apply their STEM knowledge, develop entrepreneurial skills, and gain experience in working with emerging and advancing technologies.
- STEM-related events and education activities delivered in partnership with industry for youth under 18 years of age. These will build capability and leverage off the skills gained by organisations who have previously participated in delivering innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise focused education activities for young people.

The funding will be provided in two streams:
1. Stream A: Maker spaces for schools
- For eligible Australian schools to purchase equipment required to establish a maker space for students to access and work on STEM-related activities.
- Grants between $2,000 and $5,000 are available.
- A total funding pool of $3.2 million over four years ($800,000 per year) from 2016-17 to 2019-20 is available.

2. Stream B: Community capability building
- For Australian communities and regions to run events and education activities in partnership with industry for youth under 18 years of age.
- Grants of up to 50% of the total eligible project costs or a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $20,000 are available.
- Applicants must at least match grant funds received under this stream with cash or in-kind contributions for eligible project activities conducted by project partners.
- A total funding pool of $800,000 over four years ($200,000 per year) from 2016-17 to 2019-20 is available.

Applicants can only receive one grant over the life of this programme. The maximum project duration is 12 months which is measured from the project start date as identified in the grant agreement.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
1. Stream A: Maker spaces for schools
- Be a primary or secondary school that is registered with a State or Territory registration authority.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Not have received Maker Projects funding before under the Programme Guidelines.
- Provide confirmation from the school board or school principal that:
a) The project is supported by the school’s executive or equivalent decision-making body.
b) The school has the capacity to meet any costs of the project not covered by grant funding.
c) The school will support relevant staff members to attend appropriate professional development where necessary.

2. Stream B: Community capability building
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:
a) An entity incorporated in Australia.
b) An incorporated not for profit organisation.
c) A publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in Appendix A of the Guidelines.
- Must provide confirmation from your governing board (chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that:
a) The project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding.
b) The event/s are not part of the applicant’s normal business activities.

For Stream A, joint applications are acceptable, provided they have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. All parties to a joint application must be registered government or non-government primary or secondary schools.

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects include those that:
1. Stream A: Maker spaces for schools
- Establish a STEM-related maker space at the school to benefit students under 18 years of age.
- Identify an appropriate maker space – either dedicated or portable.
- Identify at least one staff member with appropriate skills/experience and drive to be the project lead (a Maker Project Champion) and responsible for how the maker space runs.
- Include a plan for how students under 18 years of age will be encouraged to be involved in the maker space and how it will be sustainable beyond the life of the project.
- Include a minimum of $2,000 in eligible expenditure.

2. Stream B: Community capability building
- Aimed at delivering eligible workshops or events and include:
a) Identification of an appropriate venue to hold the workshops.
b) Identification of at least one employee with appropriate skills/experience and drive to be the project lead.
c) A plan for how youth under 18 years of age from the wider region or community will be encouraged to participate.
d) At least $10,000 in eligible expenditure.
e) A project plan which includes the roles of the project partner/s.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of eligible/ineligible expenditures.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include how well the application demonstrates (Stream B only):
- How the event will benefit youth under 18 years of age and how they will be encouraged to be involved.
- The skills and experience of the applicant and project partner/s to deliver the event.

Restrictions

The following are ineligible for funding:
- Equipment and material that is not directly related to the set up and use of the maker space.
- Salaries.
- Administrative costs including the cost of applying for the grant.
- Costs incurred prior to project approval.
- An individual, partnership or trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust).
- A primary or secondary school that is registered with a State or Territory registration authority.
- Have received Maker Projects funding before under the Programme Guidelines.

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Documentation Uploaded
2017-12-09 Download
Factsheet - Stream B 2017-12-09 Download
Sample Board or CEO Approval Letter - Stream B 2017-12-09 Download
Factsheet - Stream A 2017-12-09 Download
Sample Board Approval Letter - Stream A 2017-12-09 Download
Sample Application Form - Stream A 2017-12-09 Download
Sample Grant Agreement - Stream A 2017-12-09 Download
Guidelines 2017-12-09 Download
Sample Application Form - Stream B 2017-12-09 Download

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Dates
Status Pending
Closing Information
Funding allocation for 2017-18 has been exhausted. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Value
Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $2,000
Max.Funding $20,000
Total Funding Pool $4M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Activities
Training / Employment
Infrastructure / Equipment
Sector/SubSector
Education : Primary Schools
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Location
National
Region
Any
Industries
Education
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Organisation
Difficulty Rating
Administrator
Tier Federal
Department
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Contacts
Program Administrator
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Telephone
132846
Email
https://www.business.gov.au/Forms/Email-us
General WebsiteVisit
Program Website Visit