Fab Lab Grants Awarded to 21 WI School Districts

From Gov. Walker’s Press Release:
FabLabDay2017Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced 21 school districts throughout the state have been awarded a total of nearly $500,000 in grants to establish or expand local fabrication laboratory (fab lab) facilities.

The following school districts were awarded Fab Lab Grants today:

  • Altoona, Eau Claire County – $25,000
  • Antigo, Langlade County – $25,000
  • Ashland, Ashland County – $24,690
  • Delavan-Darien, Walworth County – $14,000
  • East Troy, Walworth County – $24,550
  • Ellsworth, Pierce County – $25,000
  • Florence County, Florence County – $25,000
  • Ladysmith, Rusk County – $15,000
  • Lakeland Union High School Consortium, Oneida County – $49,999
  • Milwaukee Public Schools – Bradley Tech, Milwaukee County – $25,000
  • Necedah, Juneau County – $8,372
  • Northland Pines, Vilas County – $25,000
  • Onalaska, La Crosse County – $25,000
  • Phelps, Vilas County – $15,000
  • Phillips, Price County – $25,000
  • Rhinelander, Oneida County – $25,000
  • South Milwaukee, Milwaukee County – $25,000
  • Southern Door, Door County – $25,000
  • Stoughton, Dane County – $25,000
  • Turtle Lake, Barron and Polk Counties – $18,198
  • Waunakee, Dane County – $25,000

The 21 school districts are receiving a total of $494,809 in fab lab grants from WEDC. Individual school districts were eligible for up to $25,000 and consortiums of two or more districts were eligible for up to $50,000. The program requires matching funds from each district.

This is the second round of funding for the Fab Lab Grants and brings the total number of districts receiving grants to 34. Governor Walker’s 2015-17 state budget included $500,000 to fund the initial round of grants. In response to an overwhelming number of applications in the first year, WEDC provided another $500,000 for the program, and in May 2016, grants of up to $25,000 were awarded to 25 school districts.

This year, WEDC is requiring award participants to make the fab labs accessible to the public, and many schools will offer community members, businesses, and entrepreneurs the opportunity to use the labs after school. This facet of the program is expected to drive innovation and foster economic development throughout the community, WEDC officials say.

Read More: Fabrication Laboratories Grant; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage;
Eau Claire Leader -Telegram coverage; La Crosse Tribune coverage; Gov. Walker’s Weekly Radio Address highlighting Fab Labs