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3D Design & Printing for Schools with the Toshiba Grant

If you are looking at introducing or expanding 3D printing and design for your school, then Makers Empire can try to help you achieve funding for such a program through the Toshiba Grant.

Toshiba America Foundation believes science and mathematics are exciting fields in which all students can succeed with the proper tools and instruction, and funds schools for up to $5,000 or more than $5,000 (depending which grant you choose).

Makers Empire provides schools with all the tools for a successful 3D printing and design program. This includes 3D printers, easy to use 3D design software, lesson plans aligned to standards, professional development and teacher management tools.

What could my school receive?

Nonprofit private or public US school and religious-affiliated schools are eligible for this grant. You need to have grade 6 or higher at your school.

K-5 only schools can’t apply for this specific grant.

The Toshiba Grant allows schools to get $5,000 or more in funding towards STEM programs. There are two Toshiba grants, one for more than $5,000 and for less than $5,000.

If you are successful, you can get enough money to fund the complete Makers Empire 3D printing program at the school, for multiple years, including 3D printers, starting supplies, professional development, software, lesson plans etc.

With the grant up to $5,000, schools can fund two medium-sized 3D printers, filament, online training, Maker Empire 3D design software, professional development, and curriculum aligned lesson plans for 24 months.

The grant for more than $5,000 allows schools to fund three 3D printers and 36 months full Makers Empire access!

What does a school need to commit to?

To apply for the Toshiba grant to get 3D printing with Makers Empire, a school needs to request a quote, and come up with a project idea to integrate 3D printing into the classroom.

No financial commitment from the schools is required. The Toshiba grant does not require any matching funding, and all the tools for a school to successfully implement 3D printing into the classroom are covered by the grant.

We can help you come up with a suitable project idea. Depending on your previous grant writing experience, you can complete the grant in a day or two.

Important Dates for 2018

Grade Level 

Grade 6+  (Greater than $5K)

Grade 6+ (Less than $5K)

Application Due

1st May, 2018

1st Sep, 2018

Decision Made

1 July,   2018

15 October, 2018

Funds Sent 

15th August, 2018

15th November, 2018

Application Process: suggested steps

For schools who choose Makers Empire for their grant submission, we recommend the following approach.

Please read over all the steps before starting your application.

Step 1: consider Makers Empire

To learn more about Makers Empire,and see if this is the right solution for your school, please watch these short videos.

Our 3D solutions for schools utilize design thinking frameworks as a way of getting students to engage in problem-solving. 3D printing and design are great tools with which to experience design thinking. Plus, they help educators teach students STEM concepts in an engaging way while providing them with a truly 21st-century learning experience.

“This has been a wonderful new way to teach and motivate my students… They are beginning to see real-life implications to what they learning to do in class and how they could develop prototypes of objects that they could develop and then produce to sell…The overall enthusiasm towards school and learning has increased tremendously. Students who are typically reluctant learners have come to life,”
– Robin McGinnis, Teacher
North Elementary School, USA

Step 2: start your application 

Start your application at the grant website.

Note: as per the grant website, applications must be for project-based learning.

They do not consider requests solely for computers, laptops or tablets, microscopes, or smart boards.

If you decide to apply for The Toshiba grant to purchase a Makers Empire solution, you must request a quote as quotations are required as part of the application.

Step 3: Request a Quotation

Step 4: decide on a grant project

As part of the application process, you will need to come up with an 3D printing and designidea/project for your grade 6+ students.

For example, a Houston school received a grant to investigate solutions into preventing their school and neighbouring low lying houses from being flooded. The students were asked to design in 3D, prototypes of houses and buildings that could withstand rising water levels. The students could then print these prototypes out, and also build them in other materials to test out their creations. 

Here are some project ideas that have been funded (not always 3D based). We can also send you a sample successfully completed grant application. Here a

If you have earlier grade students, just include the grade 6+ students for the project proposal. If you are successful, you will be able to use the Makers Empire Learning Program from grades K through 8.

Step 5: submit your school’s application

Submit your application online as per step 1 above if you created a grant application account.

Make sure to include your school’s quotation for your Makers Empire solution. If not, just start again.

We suggest having your application fully prepared so that you can submit it easily online.

If you need help with your application please email us at info[at] with subject: “TOSHIBA GRANT SUPPORT.”

Good luck!