Capital Equipment and Consumables Fund

Support for Canadian intermediate, junior, or secondary school welding programs


The Capital Equipment and Consumables fund (formerly called secondary school equipment and project support) was established to support the advancement of welding programs by ensuring safe, high quality equipment and learning environments are available to students. Since 2013, we have invested more than $4 million in upgrading welding shops in schools across Canada, with nearly $7.7 million in co-investment from educational partners, for a total investment of more than $11.7 million. This program and application process have been reviewed and enhanced to assist applicants in achieving success.

The amount granted to individual intermediate, junior, or secondary schools will vary depending on factors including the amount of the request, the described need, potential impact, and geographic location from which the request is received. Requests over $10,000 will 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 by the funder. In addition, a site visit (virtual or in-person) by a CWB Welding 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. The CWB Welding Foundation cannot and does not recommend or endorse any vendors, suppliers or manufacturers of welding equipment and/or materials.

Please note that for any welding machines requested, a maximum of $5,000 will be provided per unit.

To be eligible to apply for funding, applicants must represent either an intermediate, junior, or secondary school within Canada. 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 criteria:

  1. To support the launch of new welding programs at intermediate, junior, or secondary schools which have no existing programs;
  2. To support the expansion of welding programs at intermediate, junior, or 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; and/or
  4. To support the purchase of welding shop safety equipment and PPE.

In all cases, the potential recipient 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 requests in which the CWB Welding Foundation will not be the sole funding source such as Government matching programs, direct industry support, etc.

Application Process:

Applicants must provide a completed application. The following information will be required:

  1. An overview of welding programs currently in place (including programs offered, number of instructors and level of student participation);
  2. A description of:
    1. The current programs offered, number of instructors and level of student participation;
    2. Your current technology learning environment;
    3. The need/gap that currently exists within the welding programs;
    4. The proposed plan(s) for the future state of the welding program including projections for student participation;
    5. The equipment, material and/or curriculum that is required to support the plan and how the funding requested will address these items;
    6. How the CWB Welding Foundation will be recognized for its potential support;
  3. A list of other organizations or funding sources that have provided/are being or could be requested to provide funding to support the proposed plan (if applicable);
  4. A detailed budget to support the proposed plan (please attach received quotes that will support the plan);
  5. Pictures of your current welding shop and equipment (current ventilation, booths and machines);
  6. Copy of the floor plan or blueprint of your welding shop;
  7. Copy of quotes you have received that will support the plan; and
  8. A signed commitment from your school board.

Download Application Form

Selection Process:
Applications will be reviewed by an advisory panel. Funding decisions are the responsibility of the CWB Welding Foundation and are approved by its independent Board of Directors.

Once applications have been reviewed and a decision has been made, applicants will be informed of their standing (approved, denied, waitlist.)

All applicant organizations must confirm their agreement with the following expectations should they be a recipient of funding:

  • Provide supporting documentation of products purchased with funds including;
    • Purchase receipts
    • Attached expense sheet filled out
    • Written summary of how the funds have benefited the awarded organization and students/instructor experience including whether or not there has been an increase in enrollment to your program
    • Photos or videos of completed project
  • Agree to ensure that the funds/materials/equipment have been implemented into the learning environment and are being utilized to their full potential
  • Agree to be publicly acknowledged and recognized; and
  • Agree to include the organization’s name and photographs in any internal and/or external communications or marketing collateral that the CWB Welding Foundation deems appropriate

Upon confirmation of funding a written agreement will be provided by the CWB Welding Foundation for signature by school leadership (Principal or Director) for technology and board representatives.