Tasmanian National Science Week Engagement Grants Application Guidelines

National Science Week, one of Australia’s largest national festivals, aims to raise the profile and increase public awareness of the importance of science, technology, and innovation in our society.  National Science Week will be held from 14 to 22 August 2022. 

As a partnership program between a number of government departments and other organisations and institutions, National Science Week demonstrates the significance of a community approach to highlighting the importance of STEM (science, engineering, technology and maths).

Tasmanian National Science Week activities and events can be held during National Science, the week prior, or the week after National Science Week.

The Tasmanian National Science Coordinating Committee is offering grants to fund a range of STEM engagement events and initiatives to be held within National Science Week 2022 in Tasmania.

Three types of grants are available:

  1. To support a public STEM engagement event/activity ($2500) 

    Available to an organisation, community group or individual to conduct a science engagement event/activity in Tasmania.
    – $10,000 available with a maximum of $2,500 per grant.
  2. To support a program of STEM events/activities delivered outside of the Greater Hobart area ($5000).
    – Available to a community group or local government organisation delivering engagement events/activities outside of Greater Hobart area.
    – $15,000 available with a maximum of $5,000 per grant
  3. To support a public STEM engagement activity delivered at any large event or festival ($1000)
    – Grant for participating in STEM focused large engagement event
    – Available to an individual only for an eligible large event held in August 2022. Grants are not available for attendance at the Festival of Bright Ideas or any other event funded by the Australian Government through a Science Week Grant.
    – $5,000 available with a maximum of $1,000 per grant

Applications close on 19 May 2022, 11.55pm AEDT.

Objectives

The Tasmanian National Science Week Engagement Grants are open to any individual, community group, organisation, business, industry, or local government to help celebrate STEM.

The grants should assist in bringing science to an increasing number of Tasmanians. National Science Week aims to: 

  • encourage informed discussion around STEM -related issues of public interest 
  • engage under-represented or disadvantaged groups with STEM  
  • encourage young people to study STEM 
  • promote STEM -based careers    
  • inform businesses of the importance of STEM innovation to their long-term success 
  • celebrate the achievements of Australians working in STEM disciplines

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a grant, you can be:

  • an individual
  • a community group, association, or organisation
  • a business, industry body or local government organisation

You will need an ABN

Grant applicants must be able to provide a valid tax invoice (ABN required) to receive funds. Please contact us if this is an issue for you.

Activities/Events

The benefits of organising an event or activity during National Science Week include:

  • promote and encourage interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) 
  • communicate its relevance in everyday life
  • inspiring people to pursue an interest or career in science
  • extending your professional network and partnership opportunities 
  • encouraging community participation and feedback 
  • attracting new members or audiences 
  • sharing your achievements and your knowledge with the community.

STEM engagement activities and events must meet at least one of the objectives of National Science Week and you are encouraged to include innovative ways to bring STEM to new audiences.  These may include, but are not limited to, applications for the following types of STEM engagement:

  • hands-on science workshops or field activities 
  • science fairs, expos, shows or exhibitions 
  • science through the arts activities 
  • interactive online events 
  • podcasts   
  • video productions  
  • virtual tours   
  • presentations, demonstrations, lectures, and webinar
  • citizen science activities  
  • storytelling

All activities and events must meet Tasmanian public health guidelines and are required to have an Event COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Selection process

A selection committee from the Tasmanian National Science Week Coordinating Committee will assess all applications and determine which projects are to be partially or fully funded. 

Selection will be based on the written information provided by the applicant. In some instances, the selection committee may request further information before making its final decision.

The committee will consider:

  • Capacity to engage diverse audiences in one or more aspects of the STEM disciplines. In this context ‘STEM’ may include, but is not necessarily limited to, the life sciences, health sciences, climate change science, environmental science, agricultural science, chemistry, engineering, maths, physics, marine science, ecology, geography, psychology, computing and/or technology.
  • Demonstration of innovative and engaging methods of science communication, that target areas under-represented in STEM including but not limited to youth audiences.
  • Submitted budget included with the application. Anticipated budget expenses would include venue hire, advertising and promotion, speaker or presenter fees, catering, activity supplies, COVID-safety compliance and exclude large capital purchases (e.g. buildings or large equipment).  Budget template available here.

Funding requests for events that take place in a school for a student audience will not be eligible.

Funding for school events is available through the National Science Week School Grants.

Projects funded by a National Science Week grant, another Tasmanian National Science Week Engagement Grant or held as part of the Festival of Bright Ideas will not be eligible. Applicants can apply for multiple Tasmanian Engagement Grants, with the selection committee making an assessment as to the particular engagement grant funded.

Successful grant applicants must submit their event to the National Science Week website by 1 June 2022.

Grant applicants must be able to acknowledge this grant funding by including National Science Week and Inspiring Australia logos on all promotional materials and list their event on the National Science Week website.

Key Dates

Date Milestones
11 April 2022 Applications open
19 May 2022 Applications close
25 May 2022 All applicants notified
31 May 2022 Applicants accept grant
1 June 2022 Tasmanian National Science Week Engagement Grants announced
30 June 2022 Send tax invoice
August 2022 Run event / activity
Before 30 September 2022 Evaluation report

Grant Applications

Requirements for Grant Application

  • Each grant application must comprise a fully completed grant application form.

Each grant application must meet all criteria listed above to be considered. An evaluation report will be required within six weeks of the completion of the activity/event. The evaluation will include details of the activity/event, itemised expenditure of funds, audience numbers and reach, and the success of the event in meeting the aims of National Science Week.  A form will be provided. 

If you have any questions about these grants, please contact us.