The Culture of Repair Project is launching its Fall 2023 grants cycle on September 1st, offering resources to K-12 educators for creating programs and materials focused on teaching repair as a way to address environmental and societal challenges.
Grant amounts ranging from $1000 to $10,000; eligibility requires registration as a 501(c)(3) in the U.S. If you’re interested in applying for a grant, use the button below to learn more!
What is the Culture of Repair Project?
The Culture of Repair Project is about more than just diminishing resource usage in manufacturing, transporting and selling new products, and post-consumption. At a more fundamental level it’s about cultivating the well-being of individuals, communities, and the natural environment through changing our relationships with the material objects and social systems in our lives. It’s about reshaping our culture into one that takes care of and repairs what’s important to us, as a matter of course.”
What do projects look like?
Culture of Repair is an organization that is no stranger to using repair to educate and empower communities. Take their Education Pack for 14-18 Year Olds for example, which aims to raise awareness among students about the importance of repairing electrical and electronic devices for extending their lifespan and contributing to a more sustainable future; the pack comprises five modules with diverse learning goals and aids for teachers, emphasizing the role of repair in a circular economy and encouraging active student engagement in choosing repair practices.
Or take the Cultivating a Repair Mindset Toolkit, which offers strategies, classroom materials, and research findings to foster a repair-oriented mindset that transcends fixing physical objects and encourages broader problem-solving, systems thinking, and engagement with various aspects of life.
For this round of grants, Culture of Repair foundation said it is particularly interested in projects that make use of Culture of Repair’s collaboration with the Fab Lab Foundation. The foundation is interested in programs focused on repairing physical objects, addressing learning beyond technical skills, and those that are designed to have “multiplier effects.” A list of previous grant recipients is here.
Are you or someone you know interested in applying for grant funding? Use the button below to access the application.