Welding Workforce Grant

Grant booth

The Welding Workforce Grant provides up to $25,000 to improve and expand training programs and institutions to increase the number of welding graduates across the country.  To apply, the school or training center must be an AWS Educational Institution Member.  Applications are accepted twice a year, with deadlines April 1 and October 1.


Light a Spark Grant

Spark Grant

The Light a Spark Grant provides a starter package of equipment and supplies to introduce welding into a high school that currently does not offer a welding course.  Eligible programs may include Ag-Ed Programs, Career and Technical Education Classes, or Practical Skills Courses. Up to 7 starter packages valued at more than $14,000 each will be awarded annually.


Section Grants

Section grant

Some AWS Section have established grants to support welding schools in their local area.  Click on the links to learn more:

     Detroit Section Grant

     Mobile Section Grant

AWS Grant Recipients

Grant map

Since the inception of our grants program in 2017, more than $1,300,000 has been awarded to welding schools across the U.S. to improve programs and train more welders.