Being a Making Spaces Hub requires varying types and levels of experience and expertise. Because of COVID-19, we are all in the process of rethinking what teaching and learning look like. Being a Making Spaces Hub allows you to reimagine your community and support others in improving their learning environments. There is no “perfect” Hub, and every Hub contributes key qualities to the Network and Cohort, while also continuing to grow and develop its own abilities as a regional and national leader. Please review the application timeline (below) and the Program Details for an understanding of the expectations for Hubs and the professional learning and support you will receive from Maker Ed as a Regional Hub in your community.
We are thrilled to share our call for applications to be a Making Spaces Hub in Cohort 5. View the questions in this worksheet or click apply below to submit your application!
- Application opens: September
- Application closes: October 30
- Applications reviewed beginning: November 1
- Applicants notified: December
- Hub Cohort work begins: January
Selection Criteria Information
We strongly encourage proposals from a range of institutions and organizations interested in developing long-term partnerships with local school sites. Specifically, we are looking for organizations serving marginalized or low-resourced communities and communities of color.
Making Spaces is a 30-month professional development program for organizations (Hubs) looking to help schools in their region develop maker-centered learning experiences. Each Making Spaces Hub partners with 5-10 local organizations (Sites) and helps each vision, design, and implement maker-centered learning at their sites over two academic years. For additional information, review the Program Details and an example draft of our MOU.
The membership fee for Making Spaces is $15,000 per Hub, with additional costs to travel to the three workshops (if/when they occur in person). The membership fee is to be paid to Maker Ed by January 31.
For Cohort 5 (2021-2023), Cognizant is generously offering five (5) scholarships of $20,000 each to outstanding organizations in a competitive grant process. The scholarship will cover the membership fee of $15,000 with an additional $5,000 to support the work in building your community network. To be eligible for a Cognizant scholarship, the organization must be a 501c3 or have a fiduciary agent (non-profit, PTO, PTA, fiscal sponsor) to receive the funds on their behalf.
If you are looking to raise additional funds for your Making Spaces work, you can use this template we have created to frame and provide language for a proposal you submit to a local foundation or funder.