Applications for the 2024 School Grants have now closed.

Applications for the 2025 grants round will open in March 2025.

About the School Grants

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 available to ALL Australian schools (preschools to senior secondary) who complete a valid application. All applications and the amounts awarded are judged by their comparative merit.

The grants are designed to support teachers and schools deliver engaging STEM events and activities that align with the National Science Week vision. They 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.

In Brief

Develop a great idea for a suitable program and work out your costs

Apply for a small grant up to $500 towards your activity

Conduct a STEM-related activity or event during National Science Week

Focus on the impact STEM has on our lives, our economy, our society and our world

Involve your class to your whole school and even your neighbouring school/s and wider community

The application process is online

Applications open in March each year for approximately 6 weeks

How do I apply?

Decide on a suitable program that you would like to run in your school during National Science Week and work out your costings. 

You will need to complete a brief online application form AFTER reading the following important information on this page.

For inspiration and hints see the below links for document downloads

Activity and event ideas

See what other schools have done in the past or explore new ideas.

Tips for ensuring the best application

To ensure that your application has the greatest chance of success, see these handy hints.

Assessment Criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against the following four criteria. They are ranked in order of importance (1 most important, 4 least important). Each application will be assessed and ranked on its merits relative to other applications.

  1. Likely impact of proposed activity on student learning outcomes in STEM
  2. Contribution to the ongoing and increased student participation and engagement in school STEM programs
  3. Practicality and scope of proposed activity
  4. Potential for parent and/or community and/or neighbouring school/s involvement

On the application form you will be asked to address Criteria 1 and 2 specifically, whilst the last two criteria will form part of other questions.


  • Due to the limited availability of funding, the following will not be considered:

x  costs of transport
teacher replacement costs
x  food / catering
routine science incursions and excursions (such as to museums/science centres).
x  activities planned outside of National Science Week 13-21 August.

  • Funding offered might not be the same as amount requested.

Assessment process and notification

ASTA collects all online applications. ASTA will notify all applicants by email of the outcome of their applications during May. All applicants will be able to access the list of successful applicants on the ASTA website and the Science Week website after this date.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Obligations of successful applicants

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.  You MUST meet all of your obligations as a condition of accepting your grant.

Send an invoice

Upon notification of your successful application, send a school invoice to ASTA stating the grant amount you have been awarded plus GST component. Funding will be made as a single lump-sum advance payment on receipt of this invoice.

Register your activity/event on the National Science Week website

Register your grant funded activity on the Science Week website by the due date advised.

Run your National Science Week activity

You MUST complete the science activity/event DURING National Science Week, and as stated in your application.

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 after Science Week). All feedback must be received by the due date, usually in September.

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.  Email

For more information please contact your state or territory coordinator

State Coordinator Association Email
Delese Brewster
Rebecca Pan
Josephine Cali
Mary Rafter
NSWk SA Coordinator
NSWk TAS Coordinator
Ann Pisarevsky
Lauren Pascoe

Or the ASTA National Science Week Coordinator:   
Clea Hooper

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