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We are supporting ‘hackerspaces’—informal places where people meet to share their interest in technology, tinker with tools, work on individual or shared projects, and learn from one another—through the Queensland Hackerspaces Grant program.

The grants will fund new and existing hackerspaces and support the continued expansion of the state's burgeoning advanced manufacturing sector. We are also encouraging industry to use hackerspaces to solve problems, source potential talent, and increase the involvement of community members, especially young people, in knowledge sharing and peer learning through participation in technological innovation.

The establishment and expansion of Hacker/Maker spaces is an important initiative within the Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, released in December 2016.

The Queensland Hackerspaces Grant program will provide $450,000 over two years to support the establishment of new hackerspaces and support the expansion of existing Queensland hackerspaces. Establishment grants of $20,000 and Expansion grants of $10,000 will be available to eligible applicants.

Groups looking to establish a hackerspace, or already established hackerspaces looking to expand, are invited to submit an application for the Queensland Hackerspaces Grant program.

For more details on this initiative, download the:

Applications for round one are now closed

For more information

Contact 13 QGOV (13 7468) or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

Frequently asked questions

What classifies as a hackerspace?

A hackerspace is generally defined as, but not limited to, a community-operated place where people with common interests, often in computing, technology, machining, science, digital and electronic art, can collaborate on projects while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge. Hackerspaces usually rely on member funding to exist.

Are we eligible if our hackerspace doesn't have a board of directors?

What do I need to do if I am deemed eligible to receive a grant?

When will funding be available?

How will payments be made?

How do we know if our application has been received?

Can I alter my application after funding has been allocated?

What documents do I need to provide to prove the hackerspace is/will be sustainable?

What does ‘support from manufacturing companies’ entail?

How detailed does my business plan need to be?

Can I apply for either the establishment grant or expansion grant again in subsequent funding rounds if I've already received one of the grants?

Do we have to provide quotes for items requested in our application?

Can funds be used for equipment purchased before the grant application is approved and the like?

Can I still receive an expansion grant if I am established but have been operating for less than one year?