AWS Foundation Welder Workforce Grant

AWS Foundation Welder Workforce Grant

The AWS Foundation has been committed to the future of welding through welding education funding.  Now, we introduce the latest effort to ensure a skilled workforce is ready when industry calls - the Welder Workforce Grant.  This Grant will serve to aid training institutions with funds that can create new welder training programs or improve current facilities.

Please check back in early 2018 for more information on the next application cycle.

2017 Grant Recipients

Awards ranging from $18,000 to $25,000

Central LA Technical Community College, Alexandria, LA

Five Keys Charter School, Castaic, CA

Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park, MN

Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Conway, SC

Lenape Technical School, Ford City, PA

Livingston Area Career Center, Pontiac, IL

North Montco Technical Career Center, Lansdale, PA

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, Rochester, MA

Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT

Surry Community College, Dobson, NC

Whitewater Career Center, Connersville, IN

What Assistance is Available?

The AWS Board of Directors has approved a transfer of funds for the purpose of offering grants to secondary and post-secondary education/training institutions specifically for the purpose of increasing the number of welding graduates, the percentage of welding graduates, and job placement.

Up to $250,000 is available to be awarded to schools in 2018 for increasing the number of welding graduates, increasing the percentage of welding graduates, and/or increasing job placement.  Only one grant per school will be made in any academic year.  Grants will be awarded up to $25,000 to any single entity.

Criteria for Institutions with Welding Programs

  • High schools

  • Trade/technical schools

  • Community colleges

  • Preference will be given to SENSE schools

  • Preference will be given to applications that include a level of matching support (financial and/or in-kind)

Overview of the Application Process

The educational institution will submit an application to the AWS Foundation which will include specific activities that will be implemented. .

The applications will be reviewed by the AWS Foundation Grants Committee and selected based on the following:

  1. What the funding will be used for, including expected outcomes and measures of success
  2. How the outcomes will be achieved; what strategies will be implemented
  3. The application's relevance to the AWS Foundation’s areas of interest

Preference will be given to applications with the most significant increase in number of welding graduates, percentage of welding graduates, and/or job placement.  Preference will also be given to those demonstrating some level of matching support (financial and/or in-kind).

Funds may be used for:

  • classroom or lab materials and/or supplies
  • facilities improvements
  • capital items
  • computers, computer-based training systems
  • metalworking equipment purchases or upgrades
  • expand teaching staff

Funds cannot be used for:

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

Requirements if Selected for an AWS Foundation Grant

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.  AWS Foundation, at its’ discretion, may audit student competency against program goals.

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 at intervals determined by AWS Foundation and based on the project activities.  Request for funds must include:

  1. Summary of progress to date with detailed information
  2. Itemized Invoice

The above must be submitted to AWS at the following address:

John Douglass
Associate Director, Foundation Services
8669 NW 36th Street, Suite 130
Miami, FL 33166

Welder Workforce Grant Application

Please check back in early 2018 for more information on the next application cycle.


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