Welding Workforce Grant
The AWS Foundation is committed to securing the future of the welding industry by positively impacting welding education. The Welding 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.
The deadline to apply is October 1, 2022.
Schools must be an AWS Educational Institution Member to apply.
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:
- Welding or metalworking equipment
- Welding facility improvements
- Computers, computer-based systems for welding training
- Classroom or lab materials and/or supplies (Limited to 20% of total budget proposal)
- Becoming an AWS Accredited Testing Facility
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
- Capital items, such as vehicles, furniture, forklifts, etc.
Updated January 2021
Who Can Apply?
Secondary schools (High School, Career Tech Center, Etc.)
Post-secondary trade/technical programs or schools
As of November 16, 2020, for-profit/private institutions are eligible to apply.
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 additional support, including monetary support from the institution and/or monetary or in-kind donations from external public or private organizations, including companies, non-profits, or government organizations.
Updated January 2021
Welding Workforce Grant Application
The application consists of the following components:
Grant proposal summary
Details of matching support
Grant proposal description and outcomes
Data on number of welding students, graduates, and placement in welding jobs
One page itemized budget (Sample budget). Applications with supporting budgetary quotes from distributors, suppliers, or contractors will be given preference
Letter of Commitment from Education/Training Institution
Letters of Support (preferred but not required) from advisory board members, local employers, community groups, local AWS section, etc. Letters from local businesses expressing an immediate need to hire graduates are preferred.
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.