I'm in the process of trying to request some funding assistance for MHV - my time is a little limited, so it's been slow progress - and I'm not technically, yet, a member:) I like the idea of MHV and think it deserves support - more so, than some of the more frivolous government `projects'. I have a science/engineering focus but I am not phased by art. I like art, albeit art that conforms to certain aesthetic and/or technical ideals. The more technical some of this stuff becomes, the more the lines are blurred.
STEM' thing is a politically favoured thing, at present. Girls inSTEM' is also attracting a certain focus, along with things like the girls programming network. In my experience, foundry and high-end systems admin don't attract a lot of women/girls - not sure why but there is always room to improve. I see some potential for MHV to provide a means for a broad community.
My focus on funding was in the establishment of a foundry because Strathnairn doesn't really cater for the use-cases that I would envisage for MHV members. And it's quite expensive! In my case, long story short, the foundry idea grew out of i). a long term desire to pursue this project and ii) A need for a lathe for a project that was to be driven by an AVR ATmega processor (beer bottle washer, steam-punk steam engine with ATmega control unit, and a few other things I had banging around in my noggin).
My intention is to pursue funding for a foundry and associated safety gear - and with a focus on how it potentially ties back into other project, be it artistic or engineering in nature.
ESP32 for the masses - awesome! A foundry (and soon-to-be-purchased lathe) to enhance the ESP32 thing - Fantastic!