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Apply for a Manufacturing Camp Grant

The application deadline for 2017 summer camp grants has passed. Application review and grant award decisions take place annually in November/December. If you would like to plan for a 2018 camp you can preview the application here. Stop back in August to apply for a 2018 summer manufacturing camp grant.

Manufacturing Camp Grant Awards

Since 2003, FMA’s foundation, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, has awarded grants annually to trade schools and community or technical colleges capable of hosting a summer camp program for girls and/or boys ages 12-16. Summer camps have been a successful way of introducing middle- and high-school students to the fascinating, high-tech career choices available to them in today’s automated manufacturing industry.

The following tiered-grant award structure applies:

  • First-year award: $2,500
  • Second-year award: $1,500
  • Third-year award: $ 1,000

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 and continue to receive marketing and program support materials.

See NBT’s Camp Objectives & Learning Activities for what schools should know before applying.


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.
  • Submit an online application and agree to NBT camp guidelines.

General Program Guidelines for Grant Winners

To qualify as an NBT grant recipient or affiliate camp, schools must agree to:

  • Utilize NBT-branded curriculum guide and marketing materials (to be provided by NBT).
  • Promote NBT on the college website (logos to be provided).
  • Charge a minimum $59 camp tuition fee per student.
  • Recruit and register a minimum of 12 students per camp.
  • Schedule a minimum of 25 hours for a one-week camp or 45 hours for a two-week camp.
  • Include the design and manufacturing of a hands-on, take-home project.
  • Include guest speakers from the local manufacturing industry.
  • Include tours of local manufacturing operations.
  • Administer NBT pre- and post-camp online surveys to camp participants.
  • Submit to NBT all requested pre- and post-camp materials by the established due dates (i.e., grant acceptance, marketing data, photo release, final evaluation, and financial data forms) or risk forfeiting the award.