The Maker Projects – Community STEM Engagement grants are now open. $2 million in funding is available to foster creativity and inquiry-based learning for young Australians.

Businesses and other eligible organisations may receive between $20,000 and $100,000 over 2 years for their projects, if their applications are successful. To be eligible to apply, they must be able to help deliver hands-on, inquiry-based STEM projects that:

  • encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking across STEM-related activities and events
  • build a foundation of knowledge and skills in scientific experimentation, design, technology and innovation
  • inspire students to pursue STEM disciplines in their study and work.

Applicants must also meet the eligibility and assessment criteria requirements outlined in the grant guidelines.

What is the Maker Projects – Community STEM Engagement grant?


The Maker Projects – Community STEM Engagement grant is part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme.

The grant will support projects that deliver hands-on science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) experiences to students and youth under 18 years of age. We encourage projects that will engage and make a positive ongoing impact to people aged under 18 who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including:

  • girls
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people living in regional, rural and remote locations
  • people with disability
  • people from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

Find out more about how you can apply for the Maker Project – Community STEM Engagement grant.