Detroit Section Grant

Detroit Section Grant

The AWS Detroit Section Grant is a $15,000 grant open to any training program or institution within the boundaries of the Detroit Section.

The AWS Detroit Section, with its commitment to local schools and educators, established this endowed grant in partnership with the AWS Foundation. The grant is awarded in parallel to the AWS Foundation national funds. Schools located within the Detroit section boundaries are eligible to apply.

It is recommended that schools applying contact the AWS Detroit Section Grant committee and request a letter of recommendation.
The contact is Wesley Doneth – 810-844-2800 or

The grant was made possible through the AWS Detroit section due to our members and the commitment of supporting companies. 

Applicants for the Detroit Section Grant do not need to meet the Welding Workforce Grant requirements of being an Educational Institution Member


Applications available soon


Guidelines for Requesting Funds

Funds may be used for:

  • welding or metalworking equipment purchases or upgrades
  • classroom or lab materials and/or supplies
  • facility improvements
  • capital items 
  • computers, computer-based training systems

Funds cannot be used for:

  • any program or area not related to welding education/training
  • travel expenses
  • personnel or to expand teaching staff
  • student tuition or scholarships
  • textbooks or teaching materials
  • personal protective equipment
  • indirect costs
  • no grants will be given to individuals

Funding Preferences

Preference will be given to:

  • Project proposals that result in a significant increase in the number of welding graduates and number of graduates successfully placed in welding or welding-related jobs. 
  • Commitments of matching support, including monetary support from the institution and/or an outside entity, as well as external in-kind support.
  • AWS Educational Institution Members and/or SENSE Registered Schools


Schools located within the following counties are eligible to apply:

In Michigan

  • Lapeer County
  • Livingston County
  • Macomb County
  • Monroe County
  • Oakland County
  • St. Clair County
  • Washtenaw County
  • Wayne County

In Ontario, Canada

  • Essex County
  • Chatham-Kent
  • Sarnia-Lambton County

Please note that the above is solely for the purpose of the AWS Detroit Section Grant and does not reflect the boundaries of the AWS Detroit Section.

Selection Process

The applications will be reviewed by the AWS Foundation Grants Committee and recipients selected during meetings taking place in May and November. The Grants Committee is comprised of members from the AWS Foundation Board of Trustees and the AWS Board of Directors.

The Grants Committee will give strong consideration to applications with a letter of support from the AWS Detroit Section.

Requirements if Selected

Measures of Success

AWS Foundation will audit the success of the project throughout the term of funding, at intervals determined by AWS Foundation. A summary of progress-to-date with specific, detailed information will be required. Projects will be measured against the original application submitted. A final report including project summary, numbers of individuals educated/trained, numbers of graduates, numbers successfully employed in a welding job, results from the project, and a final, itemized budget, will be required.

Release of Funds

A contract must be signed by both AWS Foundation and the grantee. Funds will be distributed only to the education/training institution. The release of funds will occur following submission of itemized invoices or quotes that meet the intent of the approved project. 

Reapplication Eligibility

A grant recipient may not apply again for three years following selection.

See previous grant recipients


For questions, or more information, please contact John Douglass at