Introduction to the Motorola Solutions Foundation 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 Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its giving in three key areas including STEM education, specifically focused on technology and engineering. This is a great fit with Makers Empire.

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 for 2020

Interested non-profit organizations and institutions that meet the below criteria are encouraged to submit an online inquiry form by early February, 2020.  Programs that best align with Motorola Solutions Foundation’s 2020 grant priorities will be invited to submit a full application in late-March, 2020, with an application deadline of late April, 2020.  Grant award decisions will be announced by August, 2020.

Grant Aims and Objectives and Fit with Makers Empire

Overarching Priorities

  • Impact: Organizations with proven evaluation processes, including quantifiable metrics and outcomes, will be prioritized
  • Reaches females and other underrepresented populations
  • Engages Motorola Solutions employees
  • Leverages robust partnerships with other non-profit organizations and institutions
  • Exhibits strong organizational financial health

Technology & Engineering Education Priorities

  • Engages students in innovative, hands-on technology and engineering activities, such as coding, programming and robotics
  • Provides vocational skills, scholarships, certifications and workforce placement opportunities in engineering and information technology
  • Helps teachers improve their teaching of STEM subjects
  • High priority will be placed on middle school-university programs

The Motorola Grant is a great fit with Makers Empire as Makers Empire’s makes learning STEM, Technology and Engineering fun and engaging. With Makers Empire, students learn how to solve real-life STEM problems, making the learning deeper and more meaningful.

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

What could my school receive with the Motorola Grant?

The Motorola Grant allows US schools to receive up to $20,000 or more in funding towards STEM programs.

If you are successful, you can get enough money to fund the complete Makers Empire 3D printing program at the school for multiple years, 3D printers,  professional development, 3D software,  resources, support and curriculum-aligned lesson plans.

What does my school need to commit to?

To apply for the Motorola grant to get 3D printing with Makers Empire, a school needs to request a quote, and come up with a STEM program using 3D design and printing.

We have come up with a suitable STEM program that you can use as a starting point for your grant application.  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 

Start your application at the grant website.

Note: as per the grant website, applications must be for a program of activity. We can supply you with a suggested Makers Empire program as part of this grant application.

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

Step 3: Request a Quotation from Makers Empire

Tell us a little more about your school so we can generate your personalized quotation for you to submit with your Motorola grant application. We promise never to share your information – see our Privacy Policy.

Step 4: Submit your school’s application

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

Then submit your application online as per step 1 above if you created a grant application account. Make sure to include your school’s quotation for your Makers Empire solution. 

If you need help with your application please email us at info[at] with the subject: “Motorola Grant Support.”

Good luck!