Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program

Grants to Wisconsin School Districts to
Purchase High-Tech STEM Education Equipment

GrantWatch ID#: 176681
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Wisconsin public school districts to purchase equipment for the development and/or expansion of high-tech laboratories to be used by students within the school district(s). Funding will be provided to purchase equipment to be used for instructional and educational purposes in one or more fabrication laboratories (also known as "fab labs") by elementary, middle, junior high, or high school students.

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.
The ultimate goal of these grants is to promote hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education. 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.


WEDC expects to assist 20 public school districts or consortia.

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.

Wisconsin public school districts as defined in Wis. Stat. §115.01(3) are eligible to apply. In addition, either a CESA as defined in Wis. Stat. §116.01 or a lead public school district may apply on behalf of a consortium of two or more public school districts.

Matching Requirements: Applicants must match 1:1 the funding amount provided by WEDC. Prior purchases of equipment may not be counted for grant reimbursement or the match amount.

See the Supporting Documents section below for the FAQs.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have general questions about this grant opportunity, email or call WEDC Director of Sector Development, Kathy Heady at 608.210.6841 or

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