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3D Printing for Schools with the Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program

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 Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program.

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 Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program?

The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program provides financial support to communities in one or more strategic areas of giving.

For schools, the Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program provides funds for Education with a focus on STEM. Grants defined as education with a focus on STEM are those used to improve knowledge and literacy with a focus in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math among students, teachers and the general public.

There is no maximum on the amount of funding requested.

Westinghouse accepts applications for the Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program on a rolling basis so you can apply at any time.

Is my school eligible?

Schools within a 50-mile radius from a Westinghouse site are eligible.

Please check the published grant restrictions.

What does my school need to commit to?

To apply for the Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program to get 3D printing with Makers Empire, a school needs to request a quote, and come up with a project idea to enhance STEM learning using 3D printing into the classroom. We can help you come up with a suitable project idea. 

To help you frame your proposal, consider the following questions:

  • Will this grant enhance a STEM subject-matter for students or teachers in all or any grades, kindergarten through college/university level, or for the general public?
  • Will the grant assist an overall mission of educating?
  • Will the grant be used to help spark an interest in STEM-related careers among youth?

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 $2,500, schools can fund one medium-sized 3D printers, filament, online training, Maker Empire 3D design software, professional development, and curriculum aligned lesson plans for 12 months.

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.

What are the grant application requirements?

A school that wants to apply for this grant must compose a formal proposal with specific requirements. For a proposal to be considered by the Westinghouse Charitable Giving Advisory Board, not only must it meet one of our strategic areas of giving, but the specified information must be submitted in the organization’s proposal in one pdf file.

What do Teachers Say About Makers Empire?

The Makers Empire Guide to Applying for the Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program 

For schools who wish to choose a Makers Empire 3D printing solution for their grant submission, 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 to ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria. Remember, you will need to confirm that your school lies within a 50-mile radius of a Westinghouse site.

Step 3: request a quotation

If you decide to apply for the Westinghouse Charitable Giving 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 STEM project

As an important part of the application process, you will need to come up with a STEM-focused idea/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, subject: “WESTINGHOUSE” or 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 submit your grant as one PDF to WECgiving@westinghouse.com.