February 19, 2020
Established in July 2015, Creative Futures is a Geelong-based charity governed by some of Australia’s highly regarded creators, innovators and creative business leaders – united in their mission to advance future creative thinkers.
Creative Futures offers grants in several areas, but for the next 18 months is prioritising support for secondary schools with a scholarships program that will enable teachers to access professional development grants and/or funding for design-related learning and curriculum materials and projects.
“Design-led innovation is crucial to the Victorian culture, economy and society,” said CFL’s founder and director Dr Robert Treseder. “Design thinking in schools can have a positive benefit and impact on the broader curriculum as well as developing skills that students can use across other study areas and later in tertiary studies and employment,” he said.
“That’s why we’re prioritising grants for teachers, particularly those living and working in disadvantaged areas of regional Victoria.”
The Creative Futures Schools Scholarships are aimed at developing creative design thinking skills and improving performance of teachers and students. Priority will be given to year 9-12 teachers within schools in disadvantaged regions, however all applications will be considered. School Scholarship applications are available in the following areas:
1. Professional Development – for the professional development of secondary school teachers in the areas of design and design thinking through attendance at conferences, courses, workshops or residencies both in Australia and overseas. The scholarship is available for travel costs and attendance fees. Travel costs and attendance fees will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
2. Curriculum Project and Materials Grant – to support the application of design and design thinking to the development of curriculum projects and/or classroom practice. This could include the cost of materials and manufacturing to realise innovative projects that would advance teaching practice across school projects.
Creative Futures also offers support in areas including research grants, community grants, incubator scholarships for young entrepreneurs and a Fellowship Program in collaboration with the Melbourne Design School at the University of Melbourne.