Updated: Mar 16
The Western Australian Coordinating Committee (WACC) for National Science Week is excited to open a medium-tier grant round (grants up to $10,000) to fund free community science activities in Western Australia (WA).
Proposed activities are to be held during National Science Week (14 - 22 August 2021) in the Perth metropolitan area. All activities must align under the broad theme Food: Different by Design, in honour of the United Nations International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.
Activity or event suggestions include (but are not limited to) festivals, presentations and talks, workshops or citizen science activities. Applications must include a COVID contingency plan demonstrating how activity outcomes will be met should WA’s laws require increased social distancing at the time.
The following criteria should be reviewed before completing the application.
Essential Criteria: Your activity MUST include the following or it will be ineligible and removed from assessment. Activities must:
Align to the theme Food: Different by Design, in honour of the United Nations International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.
Engage the community or a set demographic within the community with a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) based activity or event.
Include a COVID-19 contingency plan.
Not be a school-only event.
Be held during National Science Week (14 – 22 August 2021).
Be free for all attendees.
Adhere to the budget guidelines (which excludes event coordination and staff delivery costs).
Evaluate and collect feedback from participants during or after the activity or event using provided templates.
Complete post activity or event report using provided templates.
Be delivered within the Perth metropolitan area.
Desirable Criteria: Your activity will be scored preferentially if it includes any of the following:
It partners with, targets, engages or promotes underrepresented or disadvantaged groups (e.g. minorities, multicultural, indigenous, low socio-economic, disability). Examples include an event where the target audience is women, an activity that is created by a youth committee or an event that showcases culturally and linguistically diverse people working in science.
It involves novel and/or innovative programs or aspect that have not been part of National Science Week before.
It creates an opportunity for attendees to explore further science activities after the activity or event, or is a launching point for a broader program or event with lasting impacts or outcomes.
You have considered the environmental impact of your activity or event.
If you are successful, you will be required to submit a valid tax invoice to receive funds no later than Monday 31 May 2021.
To give your application the best chance of success please make sure your activity meets all essential criteria and as many desirable criteria as possible and all questions are answered completely.
In addition to the medium-tier grant program, up to $5,000 (excl. GST) in additional funding is available to a medium-tier grant applicant, to run their initiative as a part of WA's official launch event. Applicants are asked to indicate their willingness to be considered as a Launch host in their application.
15th March - Applications open
16th April, 5pm AWST - Applications close
26 April 2021: All applicants notified
Before 31 May 2021: Send tax invoice
14 to 22 August: Run event
Before 30 September 2021: Post-event evaluation & report
How to apply
Please complete the online application form here.
Ensure you have described your activity/event and its intended outcomes fully.
Applications should be received no later than 5pm AWST on Friday 16 April 2021. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Want to plan your answers? A PDF showing the application form questions is available below.