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3D 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.

Is your school eligible?

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.

What could your school receive?

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!

is it matching funding?

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.

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. We can help you come up with a suitable project idea.

How long does the application take to complete?

Depending on your previous grant writing experience, you can complete the grant in a day or two.


Important Dates

There are two Toshiba grants coming up. The greater than $5,000 grant (due May 1st) and less than $5,000 grant (due June 1st). Schools can apply for both grants, with the less than $5,000 grant being the slightly easier one to receive. 

Grade Level 

Grade 6+  

(Greater than $5K)

Grade 6+

(Less than $5K)

Application Due

1st May, 2018

1st June, 2018

Decision Made

1 July,   2018

15 July,   2018

Funds Sent 

15th August, 2018

15th August, 2018

What Teachers Say 

Application Process: suggested steps

For schools who wish to choose a Makers Empire 3D printing solution for their grant submission, we have outlined our recommended approach . Please read over all steps before starting your application.

Step 1: consider Makers Empire

To learn more about Makers Empire, and see if this is the right 3D printing and design solution for your school, please watch the short video below. The Makers Empire Learning Program utilizes design thinking frameworks as a way of getting students to engage in problem solving. 3D printing and design is a great tool to support this, and helps schools with the goal of providing students a 21st century learning experience.

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 which you can check.

Step 3: request a quotation

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

We will also send you a sample successful completed grant application.

  • Ideal for those ready to make a decision about Makers Empire's suitablity for their individual school. For district deals, please choose Book Demo.
  • Ideal for those looking at budget planning and implementation, those who want to learn if Makers Empire is a good fit and those who have lots of questions.

Step 4: decide on grant project

As part of the application process you will need to come up with an idea/project for your grade 6+ students to pursue. 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, as our Learning Program is suitable for kids as young as 5!

The proposal should integrate 3D printing and design into your project.

For example, a Houston school chose 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 (Sample grant provided after requesting quote)

This project was funded, and is an example of project based learning, 3D technologies, and involving unique characteristics about their community.

Here are some other project ideas that have been funded (not necessarily 3D based).

Step 5: submit application

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

Need help?

If you need help with your Grant application please email us at, subject: “TOSHIBA GRANT SUPPORT” or you can also organize a video call to speak with us.