Light a Spark Grant
Miller® and the AWS Foundation have partnered to establish the Light a Spark Grant. This grant provides a starter package of equipment and supplies to introduce welding into a high school Ag-Ed Program, STEM program, Career and Technical Education Class, or Practical Skills Course. Up to 10 starter packages valued at more than $14,000 each will be awarded!
This application is not intended for secondary or post-secondary schools that have an existing welding program or course. Those institutions should review the Welding Workforce Grant for eligibility.
The deadline to apply is March 15, 2023.
Light a Spark Grant Miller® Starter Equipment Package
To be eligible, high schools must have:
- Facility space presently available to house equipment, supplies, and conduct training
- Faculty currently on staff qualified to provide instruction
Secondary or post-secondary schools that have an existing welding program or course are not eligible.
The application requires:
- Program Qualification
- Current Program Description and Expected Outcomes
- Instructor Qualification
- Student Impact
- Commitments of Additional Support
- Letter of Commitment from School or District
- Letters of Support (optional but preferred)
Welding Starter Pack
Winning schools will receive a turnkey Miller® welding starter pack valued at more than $14,000!
The pack will include the following items (subject to change):
- MobileArc™ Augmented Reality Welding System
- Miller Multimatic 220 AC/DC Powersource - ability to perform GTAW, GTAW-P, GMAW, FCAW & SMAW welding processes
- Miller Spectrum 375 Plasma cutter
- Oxy-Fuel Cutting Pack; including regulators, cutting & heating tips
- SMAW, GMAW, & GTAW whips with consumable kit
- Welding Cart, Arcstation welding table, and safety screens
- PPE & Hand tools; including welding gloves, jacket, auto darkening helmet, face shield, chipping hammer, wire brush, and more
*Awardees will have the option to purchase alternative equipment and supplies worth up to $14,000. If choosing this option, awardee must submit an itemized budget with quotes and receipts subject to approval by the AWS Foundation.
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. A final report, including recap of program implementation and number of students impacted, will be required.
Light a Spark Grant Recipients
Light a Spark Grant Winners
Annandale High School – Annandale, MN
Elizabethton High School – Elizabethton, TN
Lutheran High Northeast – Norfolk, NE
Madison Memorial High School – Madison, WI
Mountain Ridge High School – Herriman, UT
Otter Valley Union High School – Brandon, VT
Paul Duke STEM High School – Norcross, GA
River Bluff Education Center – Red Wing, MN
Southeast Region CTC – Wahpeton, ND
Blairsville-Saltsburg School District - Blair
Easton Valley High School - Preston, IA
James Hillhouse High School - New Haven, CT
Regional Apprenticeship Pathways - Marysville, WA
Republic-Michigamme School - Republic, MI
Swanville High School - Swanville, MN
Union Mine High School - El Dorado, CA
Waltrip High School - Houston, TX