Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Chapter Building Grant

SkillsUSA is proud to announce, in partnership with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, a grant opportunity for SkillsUSA chapters. Eligible chapters can apply to receive up to $5,000 to assist in building their chapter. Applications will be accepted from Oct. 15 – Nov. 15, 2018. Recipients will be announced Dec. 1, 2018. Refer to grant application for full details including eligibility.


  • open only to SkillsUSA chapters that currently operate at a public high school in the United States
  • chapter began operating and registering membership starting July 1, 2015 or later
  • chapter members compete in one or more of the following SkillsUSA contests:
    • Architectural Drafting
    • Cabinetmaking
    • Carpentry
    • Electrical Construction Wiring
    • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
    • Masonry
    • Plumbing
    • Sheet Metal
    • TeamWorks
    • Welding
    • Welding Fabrication
    • Welding Sculpture
    • Additive Manufacturing
    • CNC Milling Technology
    • CNC Technician
    • CNC Turning Technology
    • Industrial Motor Control
    • Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology
    • Mechatronics
    • Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance
    • Automotive Refinishing Technology
    • Automotive Service Technology
    • Aviation Maintenance Technology
    • Collision Repair Technology
    • Diesel Equipment Technology
    • Marine Service Technology
    • Motorcycle Service Technology
    • MLR (Maintenance Light Repair) (Technology demo)
    • Power Equipment Technology

Restrictions on use of grant funds

  • Grant funds shall be used only to support chapter activity in one of the contests areas listed above.
  • The grant shall prohibit the use of funds for the purchase of any tools, hardware, electronic goods, or related items or accessories (including, without limitation, automotive and motorcycle accessories and supplies, engines and generators, garage and machinery equipment and accessories, lawn and garden accessories and supplies, welding equipment and accessories, and material handling equipment, parts and supplies)

Application Process

  • The grant application will be open for submissions from eligible chapters from Oct. 15 until Nov. 15, 2018
  • All applicants must complete the electronic application
  • Upon the completion of the application period, applications will be evaluated based on the following general criteria:
  • Strength of the program of study put forth by the chapter in their application
  • Indicators of sustainability and growth of the program of study
  • A compelling, coherent plan for use of the funds
  • Demonstration of support of strong community partners
  • No recipient shall receive more than $5,000.00 in the aggregate
  • Preference will be given to chapters in schools that demonstrate that 75% or more of their enrolled students qualify for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch under the National School Lunch Program operated by the United States Department of Agriculture
  • If applicant receives the grant funds, they agree to:
    • Complete an evaluation of program performance during the course of the 2018-2019 school year
    • Complete photography and videography waivers by all students, teachers and advisors participating in the program supported by the grant
    • Provide photos of students, teachers and advisors participating in the program
    • Provide reasonable demographic data on students, teachers and advisors participating in the program

Selections will be based on

  • Eligibility of chapter, as defined above
  • Completion of this application
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