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Government or Private Grants available to Australian Schools

OPEN : Queensland Government - Advance Queensland
Engaging Science Grants

Supports science engagement and communication projects, events and activities that increase the reach and impact of science in Queensland. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible Queensland-based applicants. Under special circumstances larger grants may be considered.

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Application Information

Applications can be submitted online at any time,and will be assessed on a quarterly basis. The assessment process will commence on 1 November 2016, 1 February 2017, 1 May 2017 and 1 August 2017.

Applications are now open - closing dates for 2017/2018 are:
Round 1 - 1pm, Thursday 31 August 2017.
Round 2 - 1pm, Thursday 30 November 2017.
Round 3 - 1pm, Friday 30 March 2018.

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ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED FOR FY17/18 : Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions is an element of the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme, that provides grants to organisations to sponsor eligible students to participate in conferences, competitions and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related events.

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions delivered by AusIndustry aims to support young Australians to develop STEM skills and move into a STEM career after school. The Science Engagement element supports Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in significant STEM related activities or events in Australia and overseas. The International Competitions element supports talented Australian students under the age of 18 to participate in high profile STEM competitions outside Australia.

Primary and secondary schools are eligible if their STEM project involves:

  • the participation of a student or a group of students under the age of 18 at an eligible event.
  • a minimum of $1,000 in eligible expenditure.

An eligible event must:

  • 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.
  • take place within one year of the application being submitted. The Programme Delegate may allow exceptions to this requirement if satisfied that a longer lead-time is needed (for example, for the student to register for an early bird rate at a major conference).

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

Total funding of:

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

You can submit applications at any time, and we will assess them in the order we receive them. We will close applications when the funding for that year runs out.

The minimum grant amount per application is $1,000.

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.
  • The maximum grant amount per application is $20,000.

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It will also support community organisations with grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to expand existing STEM engagement activities and link young people with local experts, inventors, entrepreneurs and industries.


ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED FOR FY17/18 : 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.

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.

This is a great opportunity to establish a makerspace at your school for iSTEM. These grants will be assessed based on the criteria in the order in which they were received. So get your applications in as early as possible.

The Australian Government will invest $4 million over the next four years to help Australian school students put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning into action. The Maker Projects initiative is for eligible Australian schools and community organisations to help set up dedicated maker spaces that offer students hands-on experience in practical aspects of design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as STEM engagement activities.

Around 75 per cent of the jobs of the future will require qualifications in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. So it’s never been more important to properly equip Australia’s schools to encourage our young people to engage with a range of technologies as creators as well as consumers.

The Maker Projects initiative is part of the four-year, $29.8 million Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme encouraging community participation in science and technology as outlined in the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda. It builds on existing successful school and community-based ‘maker’ activities, like local Maker Faires, Coderdojo coding clubs, and the Questacon Smart Skills Initiative. These activities allow young people to design and build in the real and digital world, make movies and stop-motion animation and learn the art of creating. These activities will expand Australian students’ horizons beyond the school curriculum towards the everyday experiences of engineers, scientists and innovators, giving them the skills they need for critical 21st Century jobs.
Maker Projects grants will be allocated to eligible applicants on a ‘first in’ basis until the annual allocation is exhausted.

Application Information

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, applications are already closed, and no further applications are being accepted at this time. Applications already lodged will be assessed against the eligibility criteria in order of receipt.

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NOW CLOSED : 2017 Indigenous STEM Awards

Nominations for the 2017 Indigenous STEM Awards are invited from students, teachers, schools, scientists and STEM champions who have been participating in the Indigenous STEM Education Project. Nominations for the Indigenous STEM Professional Awards and the Indigenous Student STEM Achievement Awards will be sought nationally.

The award winners will be announced nationally in March 2018. All Award winners will be invited to act as Indigenous STEM ambassadors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth during 2018.

In promoting high aspiration and the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, the Indigenous STEM Awards recognise the critical role of inquiry based learning. Effective inquiry increases student ability to apply the critical thinking skills of planning, conducting, processing and evaluating. The awards also recognise the immense value of connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with inspirational STEM role models, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

The six award categories are as follows:

  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student STEM Achievement Awards.
  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Science and Maths Award.
  • School Award.
  • Teacher Award.
  • STEM Champion Award.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM Professional Awards.

Applications will open Monday 16 October 2017 and close on Friday 10 November 2017.

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NOW CLOSED : Australian Government - Department of Education and Training
Digital Literacy School Grants (DLSG) - enhancing digital literacy through a whole school approach

The Digital Literacy School Grants are an initiative under the Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM measure of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for schools and other organisations will be able to apply for modest grants to encourage and facilitate implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. There will be two grant rounds funded over two consecutive years. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis with priority given to those projects that demonstrate genuine innovation, sustainability and positive educational outcomes. Grants will be awarded for project proposals that demonstrate innovative methods for driving enhanced digital literacy in schools. Schools may also choose to partner together and share a grant.

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Application Information - Round One Projects

Applications for the first round of project funding has been finalised and there were 54 successful projects from across Australia. 

View the successful applicants here

Application Information - Round Two Projects

The second round of grant funding is now also closed. Information will be provided to all applicants about the selection process and next steps by 30 November 2017.

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