Grants for Manufacturing Camps Available

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Fifteen to 20 grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each will be awarded by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation (FMA Foundation) to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions. Groups applying for the grants must be able to conduct a quality overnight or day camp experience that will introduce young people ages 12 to 16 to metal forming careers in manufacturing. Collaborations between educational institutions and camp organizations are encouraged. Application deadline is December 15, 2006.

Fifteen to 20 grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each will be awarded by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation (FMA Foundation) to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions. Groups applying for the grants must be able to conduct a quality overnight or day camp experience that will introduce young people ages 12 to 16 to metal forming careers in manufacturing. Collaborations between educational institutions and camp organizations are encouraged.

A demographic shift in the U.S. work force caused by retiring baby boomers is taking place, and the manufacturing sector is already feeling the impact. While improvements in technology have increased efficiency rates and reduced the amount of unskilled labor needed, there is an ever-increasing demand for highly skilled professionals such as engineers who can design, program, and operate technology being employed. The purpose of Manufacturing Camp grants is to provide a positive, hands-on experience so young people will consider manufacturing as a future career option.

Grant funds may be used for the expenses related to curriculum development and instruction, as well as direct expenses such as housing, meals, transportation, and supplies. Expenses related to the purchase of software or other capital expenditures do not qualify.

Application deadline is December 15, 2006. Applications and additional information are available online at the Foundation's web site.

The mission of the Foundation is to serve as a charitable organization specifically to provide funding for training, grants, scholarships, research, and publishing information relating to the sector of the manufacturing community which utilizes metal forming, fabricating, and product assembly.

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