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National Science Week Medium-Tier Grant Round

National Science Week Medium-Tier Grant Round

The Western Australian Coordinating Committee (WACC) for National Science Week is excited to open a medium-tier grant round (grants up to $10,000, excl. GST) to fund free community science activities in Western Australia (WA). 

The events will form a Science Week festival and will be marketed under the WACC's Food: Different by Design theme.

Proposed activities must:

  • be held during National Science Week (14 - 22 August 2021) in the Perth Metropolitan Area
  • align under the broad theme Food: Different by Design
  • include a COVID-19 contingency plan demonstrating how activity outcomes will be met should WA’s laws require increased social distancing at the time

Activity or event suggestions include (but are not limited to) festivals, presentations and talks, workshops or citizen science activities.

In addition to the grant program, up to $5,000 (excl. GST) in additional funding is available to a medium-tier grant applicant, to run their initiative as a part of WA's official launch event. Applicants are asked to indicate their willingness to be considered as a Launch host in their application.

Key Dates:

  • 15 March 2021 - Applications open
  • 16 April 2021, 5pm AWST - Applications close
  • 26 April 2021 - All applicants notified of outcome
  • Before 31 May 2021 - Provide tax invoice
  • 14 to 22 August 2021 - Run event
  • Before 30 September 2021 - Post event evaluation & report due.

The following criteria should be reviewed before completing the application.  

Essential Criteria: Your activity MUST include the following or it will be ineligible and removed from assessment. Activities must: 

  • Align to the theme Food: Different by Design, in honour of the United Nations International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. 

  • Engage the community or a set demographic within the community with a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) based activity or event. 

  • Include a COVID-19 contingency plan. 

  • Not be a school-only event. 

  • Be held during National Science Week (14 – 22 August 2021). 

  • Be free for all attendees. 

  • Adhere to the budget guidelines (which excludes event coordination and staff delivery costs). 

  • Evaluate and collect feedback from participants during or after the activity or event using provided templates. 

  • Complete post activity or event report using provided templates.  

  • Be delivered within the Perth metropolitan area.

Desirable Criteria: Your activity will be scored preferentially if it includes any of the following:  

  • It partners with, targets, engages or promotes underrepresented or disadvantaged groups (e.g. minorities, multicultural, indigenous, low socio-economic, disability). Examples include an event where the target audience is women, an activity that is created by a youth committee or an event that showcases culturally and linguistically diverse people working in science. 

  • It involves novel and/or innovative programs or aspect that have not been part of National Science Week before.  

  • It creates an opportunity for attendees to explore further science activities after the activity or event, or is a launching point for a broader program or event with lasting impacts or outcomes. 

  • You have considered the environmental impact of your activity or event. 

If you are successful, you will be required to submit a valid tax invoice to receive funds no later than Monday 31 May 2021.  

To give your application the best chance of success please make sure your activity meets all essential criteria and as many desirable criteria as possible and all questions are answered completely. 

In addition to the grant opportunity, up to $5,000 (excl. GST) in additional funding is available to a medium-tier grant applicant, to run their initiative as a part of WA's official launch event.

This event:
  • is a formal component of National Science Week
  • will promote and celebrate National Science Week activities to relevant Ministers, Officials, key WA STEM organisations and the media
  • will be co-organised between the WACC and the grant recipient
  • will be hosted immediately before or during a grant recipient’s initiative, as proposed in the medium-tier grant round
  • will require a space to host speeches, catering and networking
  • provides the grant recipient an opportunity to showcase their event to key stakeholders. 
If you are interested in this opportunity, please express interest below.