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National Science Week Victoria

Victorian Seed Grants - Libraries and Community Organisations

The Inspiring Victoria Partnership Board invites public libraries and community sector organisations to apply for seed funding to run a public event, activity or program during National Science Week (10-18 August 2024).

With applications opening on 1 May 2024, grants are up to $1000 each (GST free). Organisations may submit multiple applications for different proposals.

Feel free to get creative! Previously, National Science Week has featured workshops, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, festivals, competitions and film screenings, but as long as your proposed event meets the eligibility criteria below we would love to hear about it. The Science Week Library Activities booklet offers case studies, activity ideas and heaps of resources.


To apply, please read the eligibility requirements below, then complete the short application form between Wednesday, 1 May and 12 noon on Friday, 31 May 2024.

Be sure to attach a completed budget using this budget template (Excel spreadsheet).


Applications are open to libraries and community organisations who would like to create and present a public event during National Science Week, highlighting and celebrating the contribution science makes to our society. Neighbourhood and community houses are prompted to apply for funding through the separate program managed directly by Neighbourhood Houses Victoria.


  • Applicants must represent, or be auspiced by, a member organisation of Public Libraries Victoria or an incorporated organisation holding and offering the coverage of public liability insurance.
  • For events focused on people under the age of 18 without guardians present, all individuals involved in staging and delivering the event must hold a current Working with Children Check to ensure participant safety. PLEASE NOTE: we do not fund activities for school groups; children’s activities are to be whole-of-community opportunities for families and carers to attend. The Early Childhood Activities booklet features ideas for running events for young children.
  • Events will preferably take place during National Science Week (10 – 18 August 2024), but may take place within a week either side of this timeframe.
  • Events must take place in Victoria.
  • Events must be open to the general public.
  • This grant scheme is for public libraries and community organisations holding public liability insurance only. Schools wishing to apply for National Science Week funding may apply to the National Science Week School grant scheme each year.
  • Public Library Services may apply for multiple grants, provided separate grant applications are submitted, and the applications are for events occurring at different locations.
  • Our main interest is in a quality event with strong participation. Funds may be attributed to any component of your activity, including staffing or catering.
  • The budget template must be included in the application.

Successful applicants must:

  • Provide a valid tax invoice (ABN required) to receive funds.
  • Acknowledge this grant funding by including National Science Week and Inspiring Australia logos on all promotional materials.
  • List their event via the National Science Week website by 30 June 2024.
  • Conduct a short survey for program participants following delivery. We will provide successful grantees with a pro-forma survey tool to assist with gathering feedback.
  • Complete a brief grant acquittal by 1 September 2024.

This event evaluation will include requests for:

  • Basic metrics on your event: age ranges of participants, numbers of participants, etc.
  • Feedback data from surveys conducted following event delivery.
  • Media stories from your event: details regarding any print, radio, or TV relating to your event.
  • Photos/videos from your event: please ensure you gain suitable permission from all people featured in any visual materials you provide.


  • Applications for Seed Grants will close at 12 noon on Friday, 31 May 2024.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid-June 2023.
  • National Science Week, 12-20 August 2023.

NOTE: All decisions made by the Victorian Science Week Coordinating Committee in relation to these grants are final and not subject to negotiation.

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