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Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement grants 2020

The Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement grants 2020 provides grants from $20,000 to $100,000 for up to 2 years in duration. It aims to foster creativity and inquiry-based learning and to support the development of STEM skills in students and youth in design, engineering and programming through hands-on learning.
Close date: 19 Feb 2020 05:00 PM AEDT.
What do you get?

Grants from $20,000 to $100,000.

Who is this for?

STEM-related organisations such as a business or university, to deliver maker projects to students and youth under 18 years of age.


The Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement grants aim to foster creativity and inquiry‑based learning and support the development of STEM skills in students and youth under 18 years of age in design, engineering and programming, through hands-on learning. The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • deliver maker projects where students and youth under 18 years of age can develop and apply their STEM knowledge through experimentation, tinkering and hands-on learning by engaging with a range of technologies
  • encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking through the delivery of hands‑on STEM-related events and activities
  • inspire students to pursue STEM disciplines in their study and work
  • ensure that maker projects are accessible to as many young people as possible, including those in regional, rural and disadvantaged areas
  • make a positive sustainable impact on youth under 18 years of age, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, including girls, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and youth living in regional, rural and remote regions.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN).

You must also be one of the following entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated association
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines

To be eligible your project must be collaborative in nature and include at least 1 partner organisation during the life of the project (see section 7.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines). You can partner with organisations such as libraries, private companies, schools, and not-for-profit bodies to deliver collaborative projects.

We recognise some organisations may not be able to nominate a project partner at the time of application. Where you can't nominate a project partner in your application, you must commit to engaging a project partner in the application form, and provide evidence of a formal partnership as part of your first milestone report.

We can't waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

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How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines, sample application, sample grant agreement and FAQ before you apply.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll 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.

Apply now for Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme: Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement grants 2020

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read the sample grant agreement
  • read the FAQ
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Need help?

Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

Open: Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme

Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement grants is part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. This aims to:

  • engage the wider Australian community with the sciences, including through major activities like National Science Week
  • support public recognition, national awareness and pride in our best scientists and innovators
  • effectively communicate key science issues, between scientists, the general public and Australian decision makers in business and government
  • build skills and capability in STEM and digital literacy, in Australian schools and communities

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Frequently asked questions

Sample grant agreement - simple

Sample application form

Letter of support template