The Australian government is offering sponsorship grants to local school students of diverse backgrounds, aiming to nurture their passion for science.

This opportunity is open for students interested in participating in virtual or in-person STEM engagement events, activities, and competitions in Australia or abroad. Applications are set to commence on January 22, 2024.

“As a doctor and as a parent, I know how important STEM & education opportunities are for students,” Federal Member for Macarthur Dr. Mike Freelander said.

“I encourage as many schools as possible to apply, with $1.6 million in national funding to be allocated.”

Dr. Freelander has distributed information to local primary and high schools, detailing the grants and the application process. The deadline for applications is April 4, 2024, or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first.

Furthermore, Dr. Freelander has also informed local government schools about the opening of applications for Round 2 of the Schools Upgrade Fund.

This funding initiative provides an opportunity for government schools to receive grants of up to $250,000 for substantial capital works or infrastructure projects, enhancing their school communities.

This initiative is part of Dr. Freelander and the Albanese Government’s commitment to promoting equal access to education and resources for all Australian students.

Dr. Freelander expressed his hope that Macarthur schools would apply for these grants, emphasizing the positive impact on local students, teachers, and the broader community.

“Education helps form the backbone of our society and these grants will help deliver better outcomes for students and teachers, both present and into the future,” he said.