Makerspace Funding by acoy Andrew Coy

Many spaces do not have capability or resources to apply for grants.

Tags: funding, capacity-building

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Diagnostic Statement

Problem Statement
succinct, one-sentence description
Many spaces do not have capability or resources to apply for grants.
broad category of impact
funding, capacity-building
Impacted Groups or Individuals
list of those impacted by problem (organize with largest impact top)
  • Group object (224)
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Benefit of Solving the Problem
description of positive potential
  • overall increase of dollars going into makerspaces as more funding request are submitting to existing opportunities currently going to non-maker organizations
  • potential of more funding for maker programs, tools, staff, admin, and other operational structures
Known Barriers
those things which would prevent success of a future solution
  • potential for feelings of favoritism or other impropriety
  • feeling among community of all going after the same money
  • potential for spaces to begin "chasing money" and change their culture in ways that are counter-productive (some changes are healthy and good, others are distractions)
  • upfront costs (time, energy, money for professional grant-written even) with uncertain outcomes (grants are never guaranteed)
Potential Collaborators
list of those interested in helping to solve this problem
  • Battelle Memorial Institute (
Statement POC
name and contact info
Andrew Coy
  Name Solicitation # Amount Max Deadline Score
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) 15-599 $1,200,000 Aug. 9, 2017, 8:17 p.m. 76
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) 16-540 $95,000,000 April 20, 2017, 8:14 p.m. 76
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) 15-592 $5,000,000 Dec. 5, 2016, 7:43 p.m. 75
Economic Development Assistance Programs ­ Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. EDAP2016 $3,000,000 March 2, 2027, 8:50 p.m. 75
EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program EDA-HDQ-TA-HDQ-2016-2004759 $300,000 Nov. 2, 2039, 8:54 p.m. 73
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) 15-585 $300,000 Jan. 17, 2017, 8:01 p.m. 73
EHR Core Research (ECR) 15-509 $500,000 Sept. 14, 2017, noon 69
STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) 16-527 $47,000,000 March 14, 2017, 8:11 p.m. 69
Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) PD 15-1340 $150,000 Jan. 25, 2017, 7:33 p.m. 53
Dear Colleague Letter: Enabling the Future of Making to Catalyze New Approaches in STEM Learning and Innovation 15-086 $300,000 Dec. 15, 2016, noon 51
Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) PD 16-7680 $300,000 Feb. 6, 2017, 8:09 p.m. 34
Science of Learning (SL) PD 16-004Y $300,000 Jan. 18, 2017, 8:23 p.m. 26

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