Maker Projects Stream B

Maker Projects Stream B is an element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. It offers grants to support the delivery of industry-partnered STEM events and activities to young people in their communities.

  • Status: Open
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry

Maker Projects Stream B has attracted an extremely high level of demand that is expected to exhaust the funding for the 2017/18 financial year.

As such, Maker Projects Stream B will soon close for new applications.

Applications lodged will be assessed against the eligibility criteria in order of receipt.


Maker Projects 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 (Stream A)
  • 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 (Stream B).

The objective of Maker Projects is to encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking through the development of maker spaces and activities in schools and communities.

This is with the view to reaching as many students as possible, including those in regional and disadvantaged areas.

If you would like to be notified of programme updates, please register your interest:

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Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (as defined in the Programme Guidelines).

You are not eligible to apply if you:

  • are an individual, partnership or trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • are a primary or secondary school that is registered with a state or territory registration authority or
  • have received Maker Projects funding before under the programme.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible your project must be aimed at delivering STEM-related events:

  • for the benefit of youth under 18 years of age
  • that include at least one industry project partner that is an entity incorporated in Australia
  • where participants can work with technical experts, inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs to gain practical knowledge and skills in design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

To be eligible your project must also include:

  • a project plan which includes the roles of the project partner/s
  • identification of an appropriate venue to hold the events
  • identification of at least one employee with appropriate skills/experience and drive to be the project lead
  • a plan for how youth under 18 years of age from the wider region or community will be encouraged to participate and
  • at least $10,000 in eligible expenditure.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible expenditure.

For more information on what activities and costs are eligible, go to Section 14 of Schedule 2 in the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme Guidelines.

How do I apply?

To apply for a grant you need to complete the online application at the I’m ready to apply tab.

If you are unable to complete the online application form, call us on 13 28 46.

How will you assess my application?

Stream B applications will be assessed on a continuous basis through a non-competitive process with regard to how well the application demonstrates:

  • 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.

We will assess applications against the eligibility criteria in the order in which we receive them. We may ask for additional evidence to determine your eligibility.

The Programme Delegate decides which applications to approve taking into account the eligibility criteria and the availability of grant funds.

How will I know if I am successful?

If your application is eligible, and there are funds available, you will receive a letter indicating that your grant has been approved.

If your application is ineligible, or unsuccessful due to lack of funding, we will notify you in writing.

How will payments be made?

If your application is successful, you will enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.

The grant agreement will state the maximum amount that you will receive.

We will pay your grant funding as a single payment when the grant agreement is finalised.

We will make payments to your nominated bank account.

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