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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.

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?

Are you a nonprofit private or public US school? Religious affiliated schools are included.

Do you have grade 6 or higher at your school? K-5 only schools can’t apply for this specific grant.

What could your school receive?

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).

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.

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Important Dates

Grade Level 

Grade 6+
(less than $5K)

Application Due

1st December, 2017

Decision Made

15th January,   2018

Funds Sent 

15th February, 2018


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.