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3D Printing for Schools with the Applied Materials Education 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 Applied Materials Education 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.

What is the Applied Materials Education Grant?

Applied Materials has an interest in funding education grant proposals that:

  • Benefit students in grades K-12;
  • Focus on traditional skills such as reading, writing, math, science and technology, and other subjects that prepare to young people for college and career;
  • Address critical education needs through innovative approaches to learning;
  • Expand existing efforts in order to reach more students or a wider geographic area;
  • Actively partner with other nonprofit groups to create, implement or evaluate shared programs; and
  • Offer opportunities for employee engagement.

What are the relevant deadlines?

Applied Materials and its Foundation reviews grant requests semi-annually, with the deadlines of January 15 and June 15.

Applicants will receive a response from Applied Materials between March 15-31 or August 15-31. 

For more information please see the Applied Materials website or email Community_Affairs@amat.com or Applied_Materials_Foundation@amat.com

Is my school eligible?

Applied Materials recognize that many communities and schools lack the resources and programs required to prepare their students for meaningful careers. For this reason, the majority of their K-12 education grants are directed to neighborhoods with the greatest need. 

Targeted areas include: Silicon Valley, CA; Austin, TX; Boise, ID; Gloucester, MA; Kalispell, MT; Malta and Albany, NY; Phoenix and Chandler, AZ; and Portland and Hillsboro.

The first part of the online application requires you to answer questions to assess eligibility to allow continuation with an application.

What does my school need to commit to?

To apply for theApplied Materials Education Grant to get 3D printing with Makers Empire, a school needs to request a quote, and come up with a project idea to: Benefit students in grades K-12; Focus on traditional skills such as reading, writing, math, science and technology, and other subjects that prepare to young people for college and career; or Address critical education needs through innovative approaches to learning.

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

There is no limit to the amount of funding that can be requested. 

The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program does not require any matching funding or other financial commitment. All the tools for a school to successfully implement 3D printing into the classroom are covered by the grant.

What could my school receive?

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

With a grant of $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.

A grant for more than $5,000 would allow schools to fund three or more 3D printers and 36 months full Makers Empire access!

 

What do Teachers Say About Makers Empire?

The Makers Empire Guide to Applying for the Applied Materials Funding Program

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

Step 1: Review 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 this video. 

Step 2: start application

Review all grant information thoroughly —download the funding guideline — and then begin the online application to ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria.

Step 3: request a quotation

If you decide to apply for the Applied Materials Funding Program to purchase a Makers Empire solution, you must request a quote from us as quotations are required as part of the application. 

 

Step 4: plan a project

As an important part of the application process, you will need to come up with a project involving 3D printing for your students. We can help provide ideas for projects and resources to help you complete this part of the application. If you need help with your application please email us at info@makersempire.com, with the subject: “APPLIED MATERIALS.” You can also organize a video call to speak with us.

 

Step 5: submit application

Once you have composed a formal proposal with all the required information, please complete and submit your grant.