Secondary School Equipment and Project Support

Support for Canadian secondary school welding programs

Overview

The Secondary School Awards Equipment and Project Requests Program was founded in 2014 for the purposes of supporting secondary schools in the advancement of their welding programs.

To be eligible to apply for funding, applicants must represent a secondary school within a Canadian public or separate school board. To ensure compliance with CRA rules for registered charities, the school board must meet the criteria for a “qualified donee” as defined by CRA (e.g. the school board is a registered charity).

To be eligible for funding, requests must meet one or more of the following purposes:

  1. To support the launch of new welding programs at secondary schools which have no existing programs;
  2. To support the expansion of welding programs at secondary schools which have existing programs;
  3. To support the introduction of new welding related technology to improve either the effectiveness of the training methodology or to improve the attractiveness of the program to students.
  4. To support the purchase of welding shop safety equipment.

In all cases, the potential donee must clearly outline the impact the funding will have on the success/uptake of the welding program, on the participating instructors and on the participating students.

Preference will be given to those funding request in which the CWA Foundation will not be the sole funding source, e.g. Government matching programs, direct industry support, etc.

The amount granted to individual secondary schools will vary depending on factors including the amount of the request, the described need, and geographic location from which the request is received. Requests over $10,000 may require funding contributions from third party sources (eg. government contributions, school boards, industry, individuals, and other funding organizations). Written confirmation of funding must be provided. In addition, a site visit by a CWA Foundation representative will be conducted at no charge.

The selection of a vendor, supplier or manufacturer of [welding] equipment [and/or materials] is at the sole discretion of the recipient. CWA Foundation cannot and does not recommend or endorse any particular vendors, suppliers or manufacturers of [welding] equipment [and/or materials].

Please note that for any welding machines requested, a maximum of $2500.00 will be provided per unit.

All awarded organizations must confirm their agreement with the following expectations:

  • Provide supporting documentation of products purchased with funds including
    • Purchase receipts
    • Written summary of how the funds have benefitted the awarded organization and students/instructor experience
  • Agree to be publically acknowledged and recognized.
  • Agree to include the organization’s name and photographs in any internal and/or external communications or marketing collateral that the CWA Foundation deems appropriate.
  • Provide recognition of the support of the CWA Foundation (e.g. plaque) at the location(s) at which the funding is used.

The Executive Director is responsible to ensure the above expectations of recipients are fulfilled.