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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
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Grants of up to $25,000 to Wisconsin public school districts and grants of up to $50,000 to school district consortia to support STEAM learning opportunities in PreK-12 schools. The goal of the program is to prepare students for workforce success by teaching them skills that are in high demand in the job market.
The goal of the Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program is to support the growth of a talent pipeline in the state of Wisconsin. The program is designed to support hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases used for instructional and educational purposes in fabrication laboratories in Wisconsin schools. The open Fab Lab environment enables students to learn the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century global economy. Fab Labs may also serve as a local economic development tool, providing a resource for entrepreneurs, businesses, and inventors through community access.
A fab lab is a high-technology workshop equipped with computer-controlled additive and subtractive manufacturing components, such as 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control routers and/or plasma cutters. A fully functioning fab lab has active engagement with the business community, is accessible to multiple departments within a school or schools, provides community access, and is integrated with the network of Wisconsin-based fab labs.
Through the Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Program, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is helping to equip public schools across the state to prepare students for the manufacturing jobs of the future. Collaboration is also a key feature of these labs, with schools throughout the country and around the world communicating to share ideas.
WEDC will provide grants to eligible Wisconsin and to consortiums of two or more public school districts, for the creation and/or expansion of fabrication laboratories within the school district(s). The funds may be used to purchase equipment used for instructional and educational purposes by elementary, middle, junior, or high school students.
Equipment eligible for grant funding includes equipment necessary for the creation or expansion of a school’s fab lab in keeping with the definition given above. Equipment may include computer software required to operate the equipment, as well as installation of the equipment and necessary machine tooling. Equipment does not include any building modifications required to house the equipment, e.g., electrical, ventilation, flooring upgrades or additions
GrantWatch ID#: 176681
WEDC will provide grants of up to $25,000 to eligible Wisconsin public school districts, or up to $50,000 to consortiums of two or more public school districts.
To be counted toward grant reimbursement or match funding, expenditures must be incurred after the date the grant is awarded.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
The application form can be found on the right side of the URL for Full Text below.
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