November 4, 2018

Maker Projects grants opening Thursday 8 November 2018

Are you a primary or secondary school teacher? Want to set up a dedicated maker space at your school?

From 12:00pm midday AEDT, Thursday 8 November 2018 you can apply for a grant of up to $5000 to support your school to build its very own maker space.

In past rounds, Maker Projects grants have enabled schools to purchase 3D-printers, scientific measurement tools, portable maker toolkits, and furniture such as benches and tool chests to establish full-time collaboration spaces.

Grants are awarded on a first in basis until funding is exhausted and we expect demand to be high – in previous years funding has been exhausted within hours. Now is the time to include a maker space in your forward planning. Even if you don’t access an Australian Government Maker Projects grant, developing a maker space is a great way to build important skills for your students’ future.

As part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme, the Australian Government is committed to building the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills of all Australian students. This includes helping Australian primary and high schools build their very own maker spaces through Maker Projects Stream A Grants.

Making future problem solvers 

 Maker spaces are creative zones where students can tinker, play and build things using technology, innovation and imagination to solve real-world problems. By promoting hands-on learning and the principles of innovation and entrepreneurship, maker spaces help to develop creativity and problem-solving skills.

Maker spaces can be as easy to set up as providing simple prompts to inspire creativity such as building blocks, or as involved as a dedicated high-tech area. Whatever your budget, a maker space to encourage creativity and STEM skills is a good investment for any school.

Top tips for your maker space

There are many different ways to create your school’s maker space regardless of whether you access a Maker Projects grant. These great online resources will help you get started.

You should also aim to:

  • Make your space accessible to all classes, subjects and abilities.
  • Involve the whole school community – they are a great resource for skills and simple materials.
  • Design your space for what outcomes you want to achieve.
  • Start with what you can do – don’t be afraid to start small and build from there.


How do I apply?

Maker Projects grants for schools (Maker Projects Stream A) will be available from 12:00pm midday AEDT on Thursday 8 November 2018.

Find out if you’re eligible and what you need to do to prepare your application by visiting