Awards, Grants & Events

Every year a range of grants programs are open to schools to support them in delivering improved outcomes for their students and teachers. There are also awards and events open to young Queenslanders that recognise their contribution to school and community life and celebrate their achievements in particular disciplines.


Young Starters Fund | This program funds eligible organisations to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and startup skills in young Queenslanders. The fund provides funding up to 70 percent of  total eligible activity costs, up to a maximum of $20,000 (ex GST) per activity to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and technology startup skills in young Queenslanders, aged 15–24. The second element of the program is The Young Starters’ Competition which helps young entrepreneurs build business skills and develop their startup ideas to get them investor-ready. It also gives them the chance to pitch their ideas at a state level and to win prizes, including a place in an accelerator program.

Applications close Friday 27 October 2017 at 3pm | Learn more

Engaging Science Grants | The grants support science engagement and communication projects, events and activities that increase the reach and impact of science in Queensland. Eligible Queensland-based applicants can access grants of up to $10,000 each.

Applications close Thursday 30 November 2017 at 1pm | Learn more

Women in STEMBusinesses, not-for-profits, education and research organisations are encouraged to apply for grants to inspire more girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) and entrepreneurship. The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program is part of the ‘Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM’ component of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Applications for round two of the WISE program close on 15 November 2017, and the successful projects will be announced in early 2018. Schools can only be part of joint applications by eligible entities | Learn more

Schools Plus | An organisation that brings together donors and schools where the student need is greatest. Their mission is to provide vital resources that ensure students are engaged learners, teachers are highly-skilled and communities, especially parents, are engaged and involved in their schools and child’s learning. Schools Plus helps *eligible schools and parent groups raise funds for projects that change students’ lives | Learn more

* Eligible schools have a value below 1000 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA). Check the MySchool website to see your school’s value.

The Maker Projects| A grants program open to Australian schools and community organisations to help set up dedicated maker spaces that offer students hands-on experience in practical aspects of design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as STEM engagement activities. Launched on 16 March 2017.

Applications open until funding is exhausted | Learn more

 Awards & Competitions

National Songwriting CompetitionStudents from across Australia have been invited to put pen to paper and enter their original song in the Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s (ACMF) National Songwriting Competition. On offer is prize-money that students can put towards musical equipment and tuition. The objective of the competition is  to encourage creativity and self-expression through songwriting.

Entries close 20 October 2017 | Learn more

gen[in] Student Innovation Challengegen[in] gives young people aged 14-21 the chance to join other international and globally minded students to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life. The student innovation challenge aims to help students build real world skills, develop an entrepreneurial mindset, make lifelong connections and give them the chance to win prizes. A significant aspect of the project is focused on collaborating with international students.

The challenge is gearing up to start | Learn more

Borobi Boogie | The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) mascot Borobi is inviting all schools to dance with him. Schools can learn the Borobi Boogie steps and share their very own boogie online. All schools and students will receive a Borobi Award certificate, with participating Queensland schools also going into the draw to receive a GC2018 Get into the Games sports pack. The Borobi Boogie was developed by the Department of Education and Training in collaboration with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation. The dance is part of the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program, which aims to bring lasting benefits before, during and after GC2018.

Borobi Boogie closes on 1 December 2017 | Learn more

Order of Australia | A prestigious national awards program that recognises outstanding members of the community at a national level. Nominations from the public accepted year-round.

Nominations open year-round | Learn more

 Events & Resources

Girls Write Up | For young people who want to understand how language can not only constrain but also be used to liberate and empower. It’s open to all teens aged 12–18. Over the day, authors,  journalists, activists, artists, poets and other creative thinkers will share the ways they have used their writing to define their identities and shape the world around them. The program of panels and practical workshops explores the relationship between language, gender and power and gives participants the opportunity to discover their own creative voice, equipping them with the skills and the confidence to use it.

The event is being held on 24 November at the State Library of Queensland | Learn more

2017 Girls Write Up – Brisbane

Free Math Thrills Program for Schools | Schools across Australia are being urged to grab a free mathematics resource that makes learning fun through fiction. Developed by QUT roboticist Associate Professor Michael Milford, the Math Thrills program draws on the books, movies and games students love to consume to excite them about mathematical learning. The Math Thrills school pack includes five paperback copies of the teen thriller Code Bravo, written by Professor Milford and young adult writer J.C. Pollari, five illustrated study guides, e-books, 26 downloadable education worksheets and access to extensive animated online tutorials. The pack best suits readers aged 12-18.

Schools are invited to register for their free pack through the Math Thrills website.