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. Up to $325,000 will be awarded in 2020.
Schools must also be non-profit or government institutions. Private schools are not eligible.
The online application will open August 15th. The deadline will be October 1st.
Prior to accessing the online application, you can:
- Work on your grant proposal, which include specific details about the grant request, the school's need for the grant, and quantifiable outcomes regarding increases in welding graduates and/or placement in jobs.
- Create a one-page itemized budget. You can view a sample budget here.
- Get a letter from a school administrator showing committment for the grant, if awarded.
- Ask for letters of support 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.
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 purchases or upgrades
- facility improvements
- capital items
- computers, computer-based training systems
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
- classroom or lab materials and/or supplies
- personal protective equipment
- indirect costs
- no grants will be given to private schools or individuals
Revised as of June 3, 2019
Who Can Apply?
Secondary schools (High School, Career Tech Center, Etc.)
Post-secondary trade/technical programs or schools
As of June 3, 2019, for-profit institutions are not 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 matching support, including monetary support from the institution and/or an outside entity, as well as external in-kind support.
Welding 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.
Deadline to apply is April 1st, 2020
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.
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