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AMP it up!

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits, Workforce Organizations,
and IHEs to Raise Awareness about Manufacturing Careers

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

12/01/17 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit, educational, and workforce organizations to raise awareness about manufacturing careers. Funding is intended to support collaborations between organizations that address issues in training and workforce development.

The AMP it up! public awareness campaign is designed to reach out to students, parents, families, (guidance and career) counselors, and teachers, which are all audiences that are integral parts of the decision-making processes for those considering manufacturing careers. By engaging these groups and supporting community activities, the campaign seeks to dispel common misconceptions about today’s manufacturing and bolster the prospective employee base for these quality jobs in Massachusetts.

The sixth round of grants will build on the successes of the campaign’s first five years, which saw grant recipients develop programs focused on manufacturing tours for students, teacher externships, 3D printing and computer aided drawing (CAD) “tinkershops,” and educational brochures.

Grants can be used for any outreach and other innovative programs that will educate students and adults about career options in advanced manufacturing.

Grant applications will be evaluated based upon the six criteria:
1. The proposed use of the grant funds;
2. The proposed collaborations/partnerships to be created; number of partners or the types of entities that are participating in the proposed program. Preference will be given to proposed collaborations/partnerships that include employers in the geographic region served by the proposed program;
3. The past experience of the collaborators/partners in creating and executing programs similar to the program proposed;
4. The amount, type, and size of the outreach associated with the proposed program. Preference will be given to proposed programs that reach: the largest audience, students aged 10-19 and their parents and advisors, unemployed or underemployed young adults, or returning veterans;
5. The time frame in which the proposed program will take place; and
6. Funds and facilities already committed to the proposed program.

Preference will be given to applications that involve partnerships or collaborations that work in underserved or disadvantaged communities or that involves three or more collaborative entities/partners.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148919

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be collaborations and/or partnerships that consist of the following types or combinations of the following types of entities:
- Massachusetts based nonprofit organizations; or
- Massachusetts based educational organizations; or
- Massachusetts workforce employment boards or
- Other entities that address workforce/training issues.

Pre-Application Information:

See Attached Documents to download the application.


Grant awards will be announced on or about January 15, 2018.

All successful grant applicants will be required to enter into a written grant agreement with MassDevelopment and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the grant agreement.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The application must be submitted to:
Larissa Matzek
99 High Street, 11th Floor
Boston, MA 02110

For more information, contact:
Larissa Matzek
Project Manager Manufacturing Initiatives

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts