Project Funding

In early 2022, STEAMworks was awarded funding under the Australian Government’s Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program. This funding allows STEAMworks to facilitate a 2-year program of events and activities bringing the community together and providing a unique educational experience to people of all ages. 

Australian Government Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program 

The Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program is helping communities address priorities and activities for recovery and resilience after the 2019-20 bushfires.

The grants are supporting medium to long-term recovery for communities to enhance and strengthen their resilience and recovery. They are funding projects for: 

  • Social recovery and resilience needs
  • Economic recovery and resilience needs, and/or
  • Recovery and resilience needs of the built environment.

The program covers the 110 local government areas in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria that were disaster declared by the states and territories under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements as a result of the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.

The Australian Government provided an additional $111 million for the Program to ensure that all recommended projects could be funded.

Proposals were submitted by communities affected by the Black Summer bushfires that were of greatest value and importance to them as they continue their recovery.


The Australian Government knows that bushfire recovery takes time. We continue to stand with communities as they recover from the devastating 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.

Impacted communities are at different stages of recovery. These grants will assist the recovery efforts of communities in eligible Local Government Areas by enabling them to undertake projects that support ongoing unmet community, social, economic and built environment recovery and resilience needs.

The Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grants program is part of the now $2.2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund and builds on support already provided through a range of other bushfire recovery measures.

Find out more about the Australian Government’s support for bushfire recovery.

In late 2021, STEAMworks was awarded funding under the Inspiring Australia Year-Round Science Grants Program. This funding allows STEAMworks to facilitate five exciting Science events tailored to the local communities’ needs.  STEAMworks and the Lithgow Valley Science Hub will offer events that include interactive in-person workshops, performances, markets and evening events and activities. 


Inspiring Australia

Inspiring Australia has established a network of NSW Regional Science Hubs comprising multidisciplinary teams to develop and deliver high-profile science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) events in regional NSW.

With links to multiple communities, NSW Regional Science Hubs are changing public perceptions about science and technology. They deliver year-round events and activities that promote the value of STEM in local communities in partnership with business, local government and the environment, arts and cultural sectors, closing the gap between science and society.

Through creating community engagement experiences that are relevant, thought-provoking and often entertaining, Regional Science Hubs promote positive attitudes towards STEM and  increase the confidence and skills of parents, teachers and young people to engage with scientific issues.

National Science Week is just one of many STEM initiatives NSW Regional Science Hubs deliver, as well as programs designed to engage 18-35 year olds.

The NSW Regional Science Grants program supports initiatives developed by new and existing Science Hubs with funding.