Micro Grant Programs

The Maker in Residence Program is a micro grant program for unique and high merit projects with emerging technology. This program harnesses the enthusiasm of Brandeis Community members who like to learn at their own pace. If you want to learn how to Make something or create a novel device, we will fund your project up to $500 in material and get you in touch with experts! Participants learn how to use new technology such as 3D printing or embedded systems, along with how to project manage and build financial plans.

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The Community Maker Program was created to give students an opportunity to volunteer with non-profits in the community to spread digital literacy in exchange for community service hours (no direct funding). Students meet with the non-profits to narrow down what they would like to implement that benefits both the student’s learning and the corporation’s technological struggles. They then work to build custom workshops according to the assessed needs.

To apply, we ask that applicants write a 1-page summary describing their project goals and how the project would benefit from Library support. We want to hear about the potential community impact your project will have! We also ask for a general project plan: a suggested Build of Materials (BOM), and an estimate of hours and types of support. We want to see that you’ve done some research and know your project’s scope, direction, and needs. A Resume and a Portfolio of previous work should also be included in the application.

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Impact Maker

The Brandeis MakerLab Impact Maker program is designed to support projects that are especially high merit because of their potential to have an effect on local, national, or worldwide culture, community, or craft. Because of the nature of these projects, the support model for each will be unique and custom tailored to the project. The program is curated and overseen by the Director for Research Technology and Innovation and will have the support of any tools and expertise within the Brandeis Library. The Impact Maker Program is ad-hoc and can be applied for any time.

This program is similar to our Maker In Residence program, but adapted for special projects and circumstances where our other support methods are not the best fit. This program offers staff time and some project materials, and lasts for however long the project requires. Our main support offering is the removal of barriers to enable the Impact Maker to move faster and achieve more lofty project goals. We can assist projects in the program by accelerating R&D and iterative design cycles with staff expertise and resources. We will fund up to a maximum of $500 of materials.

As part of the program, applicants agree to thoroughly document their process, and to record a video presentation summarizing their work at the end of the program.

To apply, applicants should write a 1-page summary describing their project goals and how the project would benefit from Library support. We want to hear about the potential impact your project will have! We also ask for a general project plan: a suggested Build of Materials (BOM), and an estimate of hours and types of support. We want to see that you’ve done some research and know your project’s scope, direction, and needs. A resumé and a portfolio of previous work should also be included in the application.

To apply, email your Resume, Portfolio of work, 1-page project summary and Build of Materials the MakerLab.