Email
Password




Forgot your password?

This login is for educators who have purchased our Learning Program

Guide to the Technology Education Foundation Grants

Introduction

 

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 Technology Education Foundation grant.

The Technology Education Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) also known as “TEF”, is for applicants/programs in Dane County and the greater Madison areas. TEF funds and supports community organizations and groups that provide important technology resources and technology education to residents – especially those who help close the “technology gap”. TEF funds benefit children, teens and adults of all ages who do not have access to or have only limited access to technology.

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.

Important Dates

Applications for the Technology Education Foundation are NOW being accepted and close March 31st, 2019. Late proposals will not be considered.

Recipients will be notified when funding decisions are made. Grants will be allocated in late May, 2019.

Grant Aims and Objectives and Fit with Makers Empire

The Technology Education Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) also known as “TEF”, is for applicants/programs in Dane County and the greater Madison areas. 

TEF funds and supports community organizations and groups that provide important technology resources and technology education to residents – especially those who help close the “technology gap”.

TEF funds benefit children, teens and adults of all ages who do not have access to or have only limited access to technology.

Imagine teaching your students about mathematics concepts like distances and area by having them create their own 3D mazes (see Amazing Mazes lesson plan).

What about teaching students about volume by having them create a 3D printed mould and calculating the amount of chocolate needed to fill it (Chocolate Mould lesson plan).

Consider teaching your students about Scientific concepts like light by having them create personalised 3D printed bubble wands (Colorful Bubbles lesson plan).

You could also teach your students about sustainable sources of energy by having them collaborate to create a 3D printed town that is lit by fairy lights powered by wind energy that they’ve harnessed via wind turbines (Windy City lesson plan).

The possibilities for truly engaging, authentic learning in maths and science with Makers Empire are endless!

Grant Eligibility

To determine if your organization’s project is eligible to apply for a Technology Education Foundation grant, please review the important criteria below.

Remember that ONLY the types of organizations under the eligible list will be considered for funding.

NOTE: This grant program is for applicants/programs in Dane County and the greater Madison areas.

The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for TEF funding:

  • Nonprofit (in the U.S., 501(c)(3) designation) or non-governmental organizations that hold charitable status in their country
  • K-12 school programs (during school and non-school hours)
  • Government funded and operated organizations
  • Nonprofit healthcare facilities (example: Hospice Care)

The following are NOT eligible to apply for Technology Education Foundation grants:

  • Individuals
  • Private foundations
  • Nonprofit organizations without a current 501(c)(3) exempt status or non-governmental organizations without equivalent charitable status in their own country
  • For-profit health-care facilities
  • Conferences or symposia
  • Sponsorship of events, tables, exhibitions, or performances
  • Fundraising events such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments
  • Political, labor, and fraternal organizations
  • Religious organizations without a secular community designation
  • Organizations or programs operating outside Dane County and the greater Madison areas

What could my school receive with the Grant?

Nonprofit private or public US school and religious-affiliated schools in the  Dane County and the greater Madison areas can apply for the grant.

Grants are available for between $500 to $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.

What does my school need to commit to?

To apply for the Technology Education Foundation grant to get 3D printing with Makers Empire, a school needs to request a quote, and come up with a problem you wish to address, the solution you propose, and a detailed description of how the TEF grant will be incorporated.

No financial commitment from the schools is required. The 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.

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

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 (3).

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 

A formal, written proposal is required along with the following:

  1. Application summary (the above document)
  2. Cover letter – Submitted on official letterhead of organization and signed by a representative with authority to submit a grant application.
  3. Description of Project – Must include the following information:
  • Description of the mission of the organization, the amount of money requested, and the purpose of the contribution;
  • Description of the problem you wish to address, the solution you propose, and a detailed description of how the TEF grant will be incorporated;
  • Proposed project budget with all other anticipated income;
  • Plans to measure and evaluate program results;
  • Copy of an IRS 501(c)(3) ruling or other documentation substantiating tax exemption status;
  • Name, address and phone number of project contact person.

Sample Proposal: Review this example of a past proposal

Step 3: Request a Quotation from Makers Empire

Step 1 of 3

Tell us about your school so we can generate your personalized quotation for you to submit with your Technology Education Foundation grant application. We promise never to share your information – see Privacy Policy.

Step 4: decide on a grant project

As part of the application process, you will need to come up with the description of the problem you wish to address, the solution you propose, and a detailed description of how the TEF grant will be incorporated.

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

Step 5: Complete and submit your school’s application

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

Proposals with incomplete information or organizations that do not meet eligibility requirements will not be considered for funding.

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

Then submit your application online.

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

Good luck!