Welding Workforce Grant

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.

AWS Educational Institution Membership is required to apply.

The Welding Workforce Grant Application will open January 1st

The application Deadline will be March 15th


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. 

Who Can Apply?

  • Secondary schools (High School, Career Tech Center, Etc.) 
  • Post-secondary trade/technical programs or schools
  • Community colleges
  • Universities

Funding Preferences

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.

Welding Workforce Grant Application

The application consists of the following components:

  • Grant proposal and expected outcomes
  • Details of any recent internal or external investments in the program
  • 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
  • Instructor Statement 
  • 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.

Apply Online

Selection Process

The applications will be reviewed by the AWS Foundation Grants Committee. 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 late May or early June.

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. 

Reapplication Eligibility

A grant recipient may not apply again for three years following selection.

2023 Grant Recipients

Denver High School – Denver, IA
Eastern Pulaski Community School – Winamac, IN
Fort Atkinson High School – Fort Atkinson, WI
Hampton University – Hampton, VA
Lamar Institute of Technology – Beaumont, TX
Moraine Valley Community College – Palos Hills, IL
Power Technical Early College – Colorado Springs, CO
School District of Rhinelander – Rhinelander, WI
Schuylkill Technology Center – Mar Lin, PA
Southwest Technology Center – Altus, OK
Sugar Salem High School – Sugar City, ID
Sullivan County Department of Education – Blountville, TN
University Of Alaska-Southeast (SITKA) – Juneau, AK
Walla Walla Community College – Walla Walla, WA
Washington County Career Center – Marietta, OH
Westbrook High School – Westbrook, CT


For questions, or more information, please contact John Douglass at jdouglass@aws.org.