MakerBot Grant Guide Helps Schools Get Funding for Desktop 3D Printers

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From kindergarten classrooms to college makerspaces, educators across the nation are incorporating desktop 3D printing into their educational plans with great success. In PS 121 in New York, educators are peppering their architectural lessons with real-world examples that include the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. All 11 schools in Montclair, NJ, received MakerBot Replicators so K-12 students will have the opportunity to learn 3D design and printing through their educational journey, which will better prepare them for future college-level coursework.

Desktop 3D printers offer greater educational opportunities for students and educators alike, but allocating funds for one or more can be a challenge within some school budgets. Educational grants are an excellent resource for the funds needed to purchase a MakerBot 3D Printer. However, the process of finding and applying for these awards isn’t easy. MakerBot has compiled applicable grants into a list to assist schools and educators.

From PS 121 to Montclair and beyond, MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers can elevate learning and teach real world problem solving for students of any age. We want you to experience the same.

Below are a few examples of grants with upcoming application deadlines. To view and download the complete list, please visit our Grants for Educators page.


Lowe’s Toolbox for Education (K-12 Schools)

Who can apply: Grants will be considered for K-12 public schools and nonprofit public school parent teacher groups.
Deadline: Applications are open in August for a September 26 deadline and re-open in December 2016 for a February 2017 deadline.

Alternative Fuel Foundation Grant (K-12 Schools)

Who can apply: Any individual public or private school or parent group associated with a public or private K-12 school can apply.
Deadline: Submit an application once a year and you will be notified after 60 days.

Toshiba America Foundation K-5 (K-5 Teachers and Students)

Who can apply: Grants will be considered for K-5 teachers to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their classrooms.
Deadline: October 1, 2016

Hearst Foundation (Focused on Higher Education; K-12 Welcome to Apply)

Who can apply: Grants will be considered with a focus on higher education students but will also include K-12 education
Deadline: Applications are accepted year round and will be reviewed within 4-6 weeks.

Shell Science Lab Challenge (Contest)

Who can apply: Science educators in middle and high school programs can apply to compete in the contest
Deadline: Applications to compete will be open from June 1, 2016 to January 23, 2017.