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Summer Manufacturing Camp Grant

Grants to USA Trade Schools and Colleges for Manufacturing
Summer Camps for Middle and High School Students

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Foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) - Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs (NBT)

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Grants to USA trade schools, community colleges, and technical colleges to host summer camp programs to introduce youth between the ages of 12 to 16 to various manufacturing fields. Summer camp programs will engage girls and boys and middle and high school to the high-tech career options available in the automated manufacturing industry.

NBT summer manufacturing camp grants are awarded to schools capable of meeting the following expectations:

-Product Design and Build: Schools must propose an idea for the product(s) that campers will design and build during the camp. Ideally the camp will introduce students to CAD design software (SolidWorks licenses are included with the grant) to create a product idea, expose them to a variety of shop equipment or machinery to build it, and show them how to bring their product idea to life.

-Plant tours and speakers: schools should propose at least two community partner(s) and/or local manufacturers to provide a tour and/or a guest speaker. The tours and speakers should serve to expose students to the local manufacturing industry and career opportunities.

-Number of participants: NBT requires a minimum of 12 participants per camp.

-Age range: NBT’s target audience for summer manufacturing camps is middle- and high-school aged girls and boys, ages 12-16.

-Tuition: NBT recommends that camps charge participants a minimum fee of $59 for a one-week camp or $99 for a two-week camp.

-Marketing: camps are expected to recruit the minimum number of participants and will be asked to provide marketing plans and strategies for promoting the camp through local school districts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174993

Estimated Size of Grant:

NBT grant support is meant to provide start-up funding for the first three years to assist a camp as it moves into a self-sustaining stage. Each year a school hosts a camp, the amount of their financial support from NBT is reduced according to the tiered schedule outlined below:

-Year 1 camp - $2,500
-Year 2 camp - $1,500
-Year 3 camp - $1,000
-Affiliate camp – Once a camp has completed 3 years of funding, the school can apply as an affiliate camp. While they no longer receive any financial support, affiliate camps continue to receive marketing and program support materials.

In addition to the monetary awards, NBT provides each camp (including affiliates) with an adequate supply of NBT curriculum guides for campers and instructors, customized T-shirts with camp and sponsors’ logos, 365-day licenses for the student version of SolidWorks software, marketing support, and other class materials, as needed.

Term of Contract:

NBT recommends a minimum of 25 hours for a one-week camp or 45 hours for a two-week camp.

Camps will be held Summer 2018.

Previous camp grant award winners from any year are eligible to apply at the second-year award level. After a third-year award is received, applicants will be eligible to apply as an affiliate camp.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs awards grants to trade schools and community or technical colleges.

To apply, schools must:
-Currently offer a manufacturing-focused curricula, certificate, or degree program (i.e., any industrial technology program that prepares students for careers in a manufacturing environment)
-Currently offer or be capable of offering courses relevant to business entrepreneurship.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for 2019 summer camps will be accepted from July 1 through Dec. 1, 2018.

Application review and grant award decisions take place annually in December/January.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Daunel Czarnecki
(815) 227-8222

Foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association
2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123

(888) 394-4362

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