Maker Projects Stream A

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

  • Status: Closed
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry


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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Makers Stream A

Applications for Makers Stream A grants are now closed for the current financial year. Applications for Makers Stream A grants will re-open in the next financial year (2017/18). Applications received in the current financial year will be processed in the order in which they were received. If you would like to be notified of programme updates, you can register your interest.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for applicants must be a primary or secondary school that is registered with a state or territory registration authority.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is eligible.

You are not eligible to apply if you have received Maker Projects funding before under the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme Guidelines.

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.

What are the eligibility criteria?

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, go to Section 4 of Schedule 2 - Maker Projects 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?

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.

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.

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