2020 year-round funding

Applications from regional organisations operating as Science Hubs can apply for funds of up to $8,000 to facilitate the delivery of year-round public engagement programs in 2020. Applicants must present at least five events that promote science and technology over a 12-month period.

Limited funds are also available to support sponsorship proposals of up to $10,000 from large presenters that have the potential to attract at least 5,000 people to one large-scale science engagament event or high-profile event series.

Applications for both Year Round funding and Sponsorship close Friday 22 November 2019.

About the year-round grants

The Year-round Science Engagement Grants program is intended to support the network of Regional Science Hubs to deliver public programs across the year, building on the momentum of National Science Week held each year in August.

Regional Science Hubs are community engagement partnerships that encourage people from all walks of life to consider the relevance of science and technology in everyday living. Led by local organisations, Science Hubs inform community members about the exciting possibilities generated by science, technology and innovation.

They inspire young people to consider careers in science and technology and spark conversations about the future by bringing scientists, research organisations and universities together with local government, museums and galleries, businesses and the community.

All kinds of science-interested organisations work together as Science Hubs. With program support from Inspiring Australia (NSW) and other partners, participating organisations deliver exceptional community engagement experiences.

Year-round programs to attract funding in the past include:

  • Science Space launched an Up Late series in Wollongong
  • In the Coffs Coast region, the Centre for Ecological Learning in Bellingen presented workshops and community science forums that encourage community members to explore, appreciate and adopt sustainable behaviours
  • The popular Science at the Local series presented at the Springwood Sports Club in the Blue Mountains.
  • The Patterson Allyn Williams Science Hub offers eclectic community events that bring local scientists together with community members to explore sustainability, agriculture, film-making and technology.
  • The Science in the Club series, presented at the Imperial Hotel in Armidale

About sponsoship

In 2020, limited sponsorship will be available to a very small number of science engagement events that have the potential to connect with significant new audiences or large numbers of attendees.

On this basis, sponsorship has previously been offered to support the inclusion of science programming as follws:

Read  about the 2019 Year-Round Funding recipients.

Applications for both Year Round funding and Sponsorship close Friday 22 November 2019. Please direct any questions to Jackie Randles by email