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2016 National Science Week school grants

Need some extra funding to do a ‘wow’ National Science Week activity this year?

APPLY FOR A SCHOOL GRANT!!! Applications have now closed with 585 submitted. WOW!

In brief:

  • Apply for up to $500. 
  • Available to ALL Australian schools (preschool to senior secondary).
  • Conduct any science activity or event during National Science Week.
  • Involve your class to your whole school and even your neighboring school/s and wider community.
  • Focus on the impact science, engineering, technology and mathematics has on our lives, our economy, our society and our world.
  • The application process is all online.
  • Applications are open from 29 February 2016 - 22 April 2016. That's 8 weeks!

The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), with funding assistance from the Australian Government, provides grants for school-initiated National Science Week activities.
These grants are intended to be a contribution to the running of a National Science Week activity or event in a school not the sole means of support.

What type of activities could be funded? (Looking for ideas?)

Examples of previously funded National Science Week school activities can be found here. Additional information on running a National Science Week activity in your school can be found on the Science Week website.

How do I apply for a grant? (It is really easy)

You will need to complete a brief online application form. Please read the the information below prior to completing your application at the link in the 'APPLY here' section below.

Remember applications close Friday 22 April 2016.

Selection criteria 

Each application will be assessed on the following criteria, which are of equal importance:

  1. The grant should enable your school to conduct science, engineering and/or mathematics activities/events beyond its usual science program.
  2. The activity/event should bring to the attention of students (and teachers and the community) the relevance of science to everyday life and/or to industry.
  3. The activity/event should support the ongoing and increased participation in, and engagement with, science programs within your school.
  4. The activity/event should be manageable with the funds granted and the contribution from your school and community. An indication of the funding/resources/personnel that your school is willing to contribute will help the selection panel determine the extent to which this criterion can be met.

Please note: Funding offered to an applicant may not be the same as the amount requested. Due to the limited availability of funding, the costs of transport, food, routine science incursions and excursions (such as to museums/science centres) are unlikely to be funded.

Selection process and notification

After the closing date, eligible applications will be grouped according to state and territory and forwarded to a grant selection committee from each Science Teachers Association. Each application will be assessed on its merits relative to other applications.

All applicants, both successful and unsuccessful will be notified by email. All applicants can access the list of successful applicants on the ASTA website www.asta.edu.au and the Science Week website on 16 May 2016.

Obligations of successful applicants (the must-do list)

  1. Send an invoice: Upon notification of your successful application send a school invoice ASAP to ASTA stating the grant amount you have been awarded plus GST component. Funding will be made as one advance payment on receipt of this invoice.
  2. Register your activity/event on the National Science Week website: Register your grant funded activity on the Science Week website NO LATER than Friday 15 July 2016.
  3. Run your National Science Week activity: Complete the science activity/event during National Science Week 13-21 August and as stated in your application .
  4. Fill in the online feedback form: Provide feedback on your funded activity/event by completing and submitting a brief online evaluation form (details of link will be provided before Science Week). All feedback must be received by Monday 19 September 2016.
  5. Send an image: Provide at least one digital image that shows your National Science Week event. It does not have to include students but if it does you will need to ensure you have permission to share.

NB. On the application form you will need to tick a box that then indicates that you agree to abide by the obligations of receiving and administering the grant.


 Applications close 22 April 2016

For more information please contact your state or territory coordinator

ACT     Vicki Stavropoulos      SEA*ACT         [email protected]

NT        Paul Lyons                  STANT            [email protected]

NSW    Josephine Cali             STANSW         [email protected]

QLD     Sue Monteath              STAQ             [email protected]

SA       Priscilla Martinus         SASTA            [email protected]

TAS     Jill Reade                     STAT              [email protected]

VIC      Ann Pisarevsky           STAV              [email protected]

WA      Lauren Clarke              STAWA           [email protected]


Or ASTA National Coordinator

Delese Brewster          [email protected]        (02) 6282 9377