Educational Foundation


Grant Funding

The PMA Educational Foundation awards grants to provide grant funding to PMA, its related entities, and collaborative organizations for local training and education initiatives, projects, programs, and products that meet the needs of metalforming companies. Grant requests are made either directly from PMA or endorsed by its leadership. Requests must originate from PMA District member companies.

For more information about grants, please contact PMAEF at or (216) 901-8800.

District Grant Guidelines

PMA District grants support local workforce development programs which bring value to PMA District member companies. Requests must originate from PMA District member companies.

The maximum grant funding available to each District is $1,500 for FY 2017 (through – March 31, 2018). Funds must be requested by March 1 for approval by March 31, though initiatives to be funded may continue into subsequent months.

Projects and programs must be consistent with the PMAEF Mission: “To enhance the supply of skilled workers by supporting and developing training and education programs and by improving the public image and awareness of careers in metalforming.”

The program must satisfy a local/regional need for employee training and/or recruitment. Examples of the types of programs include, but are not limited to;

  • Development and/or implementation of training for incumbent or prospective employees through a community college, local one-stop or other human resource agency;
  • Relationship building / curriculum development for a Manufacturing Technology Program at a local high school, college or other qualified training entity;
  • Support for activities that enhance skills and interest in industry careers for youths or re-careering adults, including, but not limited to robotics programs, STEM events, manufacturing camps, teacher workshops, etc.;
  • Workshops for educators/career counselors to enhance their understanding of manufacturing, employee skills requirements, and career opportunities for their students;
  • Promotion and usage of NIMS or other industry-driven skill standards
  • The purchase of equipment for a public or private institution to support an industry-accepted manufacturing technology curriculum;
  • Programs that enhance the public image and perception of manufacturing; o Scholarships for deserving, aspiring metalformers.

All applications will be reviewed for approval by the PMAEF Distribution Committee. It is anticipated that process will take less than four weeks. At the conclusion of any funded project, the District receiving the funding will be required to submit a report using the District Grant Report document to be supplied by PMAEF staff. Reports will be circulated to other PMA Districts so they may learn of possible projects that may be emulated in their localities.