Science engagement grants

NSW Regional Science Grants program

Each year, Inspiring Australia (NSW) offers funding to NSW stakeholders to deliver high-profile community events during National Science Week and at other times of the year. These grants have enabled NSW to grow its statewide National Science week offering while also allowing NSW Regional Science Hubs to deliver entertaining programing throughout the year

The NSW Science Grants program is funded by the NSW Department of Industry and the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. It aims to develop the network of NSW Regional Science Hubs – local partnerships that bring together multidisciplinary teams to develop and deliver high-profile STEM engagement programs in NSW. Download the NSW Regional Science Hubs Terms of Reference

National Science Week 2019

The 2019 NSW National Science Week Grants program is now open and closes 25 April 2019. It aims to support events presented by NSW Regional Science Hubs as part of National Science Week.


Grants of up to $8,000 are available to initiatives that bring together at least three organisations to create a NSW Regional Science Hub. Activities should have enduring benefits and must meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Inspiring young people to pursue an interest or aptitude in science
  • Extending networks and partnership opportunities in the region
  • Encouraging community participation and feedback
  • Sharing science achievements and knowledge within the local community
  • Sustaining science activity without significant future grant funding.

Due to the limited nature of this funding, one-off events will not be considered.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00PM Thursday 25 April 2019

Download the application form

Support for 2019 Sydney Science Festival events

Total funds of $25,000 are available to support the delivery of accessible, free (or low-cost) and entertaining educational experiences in the greater Sydney region that are part of Sydney Science Festival and have the potential to attract audiences that may not have participated in National Science Week programs in the past.

What the funds can be used for:

  • Payment of sole contractors, performers and presenters
  • Production and marketing expenses.


Inspiring Australia NSW wishes to create more large scale, free, family friendly events for people who don’t ordinarily participate in National Science Week. For this reason, we are limiting applications to established presenters with potential to attract participation of at least 3,000 people and who have adequate facilities to cater for large audiences. While up to $25,000 is available, this amount may be shared amongst more than one presenter depending on the quality and quantity of applications.

In order to qualify, applicants must demonstrate:

  • Parking for at least 2,000 cars
  • Public transport access
  • Adequate toilets and other amenities
  • Access to suitable food and beverage
  • Adequate security.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00PM Thursday 25 April 2019 

Dowloand the application form

Inspiring Australia Science Engagement Program

Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the Inspiring Australia Science Engagement Program supports a range of science  engagement activities to inspire, motivate and cultivate a scientifically engaged community across Australia.

It includes:

For more information read the  Program Guidelines (PDF; 276.32 KB).