Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

At a glance

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Provides organisations, such as schools and community groups, with grants from $1,000 to $20,000 to sponsor eligible Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in STEM related events, activities and competitions in Australia and overseas.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must have an ABN and be one of the following:

  • a primary or secondary school, registered with a state or territory authority
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • an entity incorporated in Australia.

A government school that does not have its own ABN may apply using their state or territory department’s ABN in their application

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

Sponsorship Grants for International Competitions remain open to applications. We will close applications once funding for the year runs out for this funding stream.

Sponsorships Grants for Student Science Engagement is now closed to applications as the funding has been exhausted.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

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Overview

The objective of the grant opportunity is to support Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in STEM related events, activities and competitions in Australia and overseas.

The Australian Government has announced a total of $7.23 million per year in ongoing funding for the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme. For this grant opportunity, up to $1.6 million is available each year.

  • Up to $1 million per year for student participation in STEM engagement activities and events that take place in Australia or overseas.
  • Up to $600,000 per year for student participation in international STEM competitions taking place outside Australia.

The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.

  • The minimum grant amount is $1,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

The maximum grant amount per student is:

  • $1,500 for STEM events or activities occurring within Australia
  • $5,000 for international STEM events or activities.

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Eligibility criteria

Applicant eligibility

A sponsor organisation must apply on behalf of a student or group of students.

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • and be one of the following entities:
    • a primary or secondary school that is registered with a state or territory authority
    • an incorporated not for profit organisation
    • an entity incorporated in Australia.

A government school that does not have its own ABN may apply using their state or territory department’s ABN in their application.

We can only accept applications that:

  • apply on behalf of a student or group of students under the age of 18 (at the time of application) to attend a specific STEM event or activity that meets the requirements under these guidelines
  • have confirmation from their managing board, school principal or chief executive officer (or equivalent) that:
    • the student/s attendance at the STEM event or activity is supported
    • the applicant has the capacity to meet any costs of student’s participation at the STEM event or activity not covered by grant funding
    • the student/s attendance at the event or activity is reasonably expected to proceed if the grant is provided.

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

To be eligible your project must:

  • involve the participation of a student or a group of students at an eligible event
  • have at least $1,000 in eligible expenditure
  • be related to the pursuit of a field of STEM and one that promotes student engagement in STEM-related disciplines, or participation in STEM-based competitions both in Australia and overseas.

An event is not eligible if the sponsor organisation is required to support the student/s to attend the event as part of its commercial activities or other ‘business as usual’ activities.

For more information on what types of events and costs are eligible, go to Section 5 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

How to apply

Sponsorships Grants for Student Science Engagement is now closed to applications as the funding has been exhausted.

We will close applications for Sponsorships Grants for International Competitions when the funding for the year runs out.

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. Grant opportunity guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You will need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Please ensure you select the correct funding stream in your application as either science engagement or international competitions. If you submit with the wrong stream, you will need to withdraw and submit a new application.

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For assistance with the application form, contact us.

How we assess applications

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

The program 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 written offer. Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. We will use an exchange of letters grant agreement.

The grant agreement has general terms and conditions that cannot be changed.

We will pay 100 per cent of the grant on execution of the grant agreement. You will be required to report how you spent the grant funds at the completion of the project.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Sample grant agreement - letter agreement

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