Maker Projects Stream A

At a glance


Provides Australian primary and secondary schools with a one-off grant from $2,000 to $5,000 to support the establishment of a maker space for students to access and work on STEM-related activities.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be an Australian primary or secondary school that is registered with a state or territory registration authority
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

13 28 46


Maker Projects Stream A has attracted a high level of demand and we have received enough applications to exhaust the funding for the 2017/18 financial year. As such, we have closed the grants to further applications at this time.

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 updates on these grants, please register your interest:

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Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be a primary or secondary school that is registered with a state or territory registration authority.

You are not eligible to apply if you have received Maker Projects funding under the programme.

You should check the legal status of your school with your school principal or education authority before applying. If your school is not a legal entity, you must provide the details of your legal entity, which could be your education department, a school council or other governing body, in the application.

To be eligible your project must establish a STEM-related maker space in your school and include:

  • the identification of an appropriate maker space at the school – either a dedicated or portable storage space
  • the identification of at least one staff member with appropriate skills/experience and drive to be the project lead (a Maker Project Champion) and be responsible for how the maker space runs
  • a plan for how the whole school will be encouraged to be involved in the maker space and how it will be sustainable beyond the life of the project
  • a minimum of $2,000 in eligible expenditure.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible expenditure. For more information on what expenditure is eligible, please refer to Section 12 of Schedule 2 in the Programme Guidelines.

How to apply

Maker Projects Stream A has attracted an extremely high level of demand that is expected to exhaust the funding for the 2017/18 financial year. As such, we have closed the grants to further applications at this time.

How we assess applications

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.

If your application is 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.

If your application is successful, you will enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. Under Stream A, if your school is not a legal entity, your legal entity will be required to enter into the grant agreement on your behalf.

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.

Key documents

  • Programme guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample grant agreement
  • Sample application form

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