When COVID-19 began spreading through St. Louis, the maker community was left asking one question: what can we do to help? We jumped in by making hand-sewn face masks, 3D printing ear savers, and fabricating over 12,000 face shields for local nurses and doctors. This community is strong, agile, and an important foundational element of the larger St. Louis economic ecology.
To recognize the resource of our local makers, The Delmar Maker District has partnered with Face Shield Initiative STL and MADE to put together the Maker Relief Package for aspiring small businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs.
MADE is St. Louis’ premier makerspace and gathering place for the maker community. Our equipment ranges from laser cutters, wood shop, metal shop, 3D printers, and even a state-of-the-art water jet. This equipment is typically unavailable to makers due to cost to acquire, use and maintain. We want to give access to these resources to those in our community to give them a hand up and the resources they deserve to create something unique and equitable.
The Maker Relief Package will be used to sponsor makers in the St. Louis area to get access to training, machines, and community at our makerspace at reduced or no cost as they regain their footing in this evolving market. This relief package will be used for makers impacted economically by COVID in the St. Louis area, with an emphasis to help under-represented groups including minorities and women makers.
If you are a maker, artist, designer, or entrepreneur who wants access to MADE through classes and/or membership please fill out the following application.
Once approved, awardees will be given a six month membership at MADE which includes full membership benefits and a $700 stipend for one-on-one training and equipment reservations.
The Maker Scholarship Program is broken up into two rounds: