AWS Foundation Welder Workforce Grant
The AWS Foundation is committed to securing the future of the welding industry by positively impacting welding education. The Welder Workforce Grant is the latest effort to ensure a skilled workforce is ready when industry calls.
Grants of up to $25,000 are available to improve and expand training programs and institutions to increase the number of welding graduates across the country.
Check back in August for the next application cycle.
The deadline for the next cycle will be October 1st.
What Assistance is Available?
Grants up to $25,000 are available for secondary and post-secondary education/training institutions to enhance and improve welding programs resulting in an increase in the number of welding graduates and/or the number of graduates successfully placed in welding or welding-related jobs.
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
Who Can Apply?
Secondary schools (High School, Career Tech Center, Etc.)
Post-secondary trade/technical programs or schools
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.
Welder Workforce Grant Application
The application consists of the following components:
Details of matching support
Project description and outcomes
Three-years of data on number of welding students, graduates, and placement in welding jobs
One page itemized budget (Sample budget)
Letter of Commitment from Education/Training Institution
Letters of Support (preferred but not required) from local employers, community groups, local AWS section, etc.
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.
Applicants will be notified of the status of their application in mid-June and mid-December.
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.
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.
A grant recipient may not apply again for three years following selection.
Previous Grant Recipients
Awards ranging from $18,000 to $25,000
Fall 2017 Recipients
Central LA Technical Community College, Alexandria, LA
Five Keys Schools and Programs, 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
Spring 2018 Recipients
Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast, Royal Oak, MI
Sikeston Career and Technology Center, Sikeston, MO
Polk County College and Career Academy, Cedartown, GA
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster, PA
Fall 2018 Recipients
Berks Career & Technology Center—Leesport, PA
Davis Technical College—Kaysville, UT
East Mississippi Community College—Mayhew, MS
Gogebic Community College—Ironwood, MI
Hutchinson Community College—Hutchinson, KS
Industrial Arts Institute—Onaway, MI
Johnson County Community College—Overland Park, KS
Montgomery Community College—Troy, NC
Women Who Weld—Detroit, MI (Detroit Section Grant)
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