Applications are now invited from regional organisations operating as NSW Regional Science Hubs for funds of up to $8,000 to facilitate the delivery of year-round public engagement programs in 2020=2. 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 new audiences to high-profile STEM events or event series.
Applications for both Year Round funding and Sponsorship close Monday 22 November 2021.
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 community events that bring local scientists together with community members to explore sustainability, agriculture, film-making and technology.
- A Science in the Club series was presented at the Imperial Hotel in Armidale.
In 2022, limited sponsorship will be available to a 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 follows:
- The Ocean Lovers Festival in Bondi
- The Science Tent at Splendour in the Grass
- The Liveworks Festival at Carriageworks
- Siteworks at Bundanon Trust
- City Recital Hall’s This Sounds Like Science, an annual series of five free lunchtime talks.
Find out about the 2021 Inspiring Australia NSW grant applicants.
Applications for both Year Round funding and Sponsorship close Monday 22 November 2021. Please direct any questions to Jackie Randles by email