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Australian Scholarships Foundation

Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme: Maker Projects

Overview / Purpose

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.
- Applications are now closed for the current financial year and will re-open in the next financial year (2017-18).

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.
- Applications close on 30 June 2017, 5pm AEST and will re-open early 2017-18 following the publication of revised Programme Guidelines.

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.
- Have at least one industry organisation as a project partner.
- Be the lead applicant in a joint application with their project partner/s.
- Provide confirmation from their governing or managing Board (or Chief Executive Officer or equivalent if there is no Board) that the project is supported, and that they can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding.
- Provide confirmation that they, as the lead applicant has previously attended, delivered, created or organised an innovation, entrepreneurship or enterprise education programme for young people.

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) The involvement of industry partner organisations, mentors or sponsorships.
d) A project plan which includes the roles of the partner organisations.
e) A plan for how the wider region or community will be encouraged to participate.
f) Eligible activities and at least $10,000 in eligible expenditure.

Please review the Guidelines for the list of eligible/ineligible expenditures.

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.

Program ID: 18707
Status
OPEN  Icon_lessThan.gif

Closing Date
30 June, 2017

Closing Information
Please see the Overview for the closing details.

Funding Type
Grant

Funding Amount
Min:  $2,000  - Max:  $20,000

Available funds
$4,000,000

Matching Contribution?
Yes

Competitive
Yes

Location
National

Region
Any

Gender
Any

Ages
Any

Sectors
Education
   Primary Schools
   Secondary Schools


Program administrator
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS)

Telephone: 132 846
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