AEM Next Gen Grant Program

Thank you for applying for an AEM Next Gen Grant!

As part of its year-long 125th Anniversary celebration, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is issuing five $10,000 grants to non-profit organizations who partner with AEM member companies and/or their distribution networks to cultivate the next generation of the equipment industry’s workforce.

A completed application should be accompanied by a short cover letter from the AEM member company making the nomination. Supplemental materials such as brochures, videos, graphics, testimonials, and case studies are encouraged, but are not a condition of eligibility.

Questions? Contact AEM Director of Workforce Development, Julie Davis at

The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, August 2.

Rules and Conditions for Eligibility

Sponsors: Nominations must be made from an AEM member company in good standing. Nominations may be made on behalf of an entire AEM member company, by an individual at that company, or group of employees from that company. There is no limit to the number of nominations that can come from AEM member company.

Nominees: Nominees must be a 501(c)(3) organization. They must be engaged in outreach towards a K-12 audience and be engaged with an AEM member company, or have plans to engage with an AEM member company, as part of their outreach. Nominees must also have an existing relationship with an educational organization. Nominees can be engaged in outreach at the national, state, and/or local levels.


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Description of Organization/Mission Statement:*
Outline of Organization’s Current Programs and Activities:*
Size and Scope of Outreach Initiative:*
Geographic Area Served: *
Other Organizations, Partners, Funders Involved (if applicable):
Would a representative of the nominated organization be able to travel to Marco Island, FL for AEM’s Annual Conference November 18 – 20 and speak to attendees about their work?*
Would the nominated organization be open to press interviews? *
Describe how your partnership with the nominated organization is shaping, or will shape, the next generation workforce for the equipment industry*
Detail the kinds of outreach efforts and/or tactics you deploy with the organization to highlight the equipment industry, the skills needed, and the job and career opportunities available*
Could this partnership be replicated or serve as best practice for others in the equipment industry? If so, explain how
Elaborate on how the support received from the AEM Next Gen Grant Program would impact the work that you and your partner organization undertake, or plan to undertake*