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NFPA Foundation Grants


Fluid Power Lab Grants

At this time, applications are only being accepted from two-year community colleges. Only applications from schools located in the following states will be considered: Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas.

Red Arrow BulletApply for a Fluid Power Lab Grant

Deadline: 3:00 pm central, April 30, 2015

For further information about the lab grant program, contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz.

The Fluid Power Laboratory Grant Program helps to establish state-of-the-art training labs at qualifying educational institutions. Hundreds of budding engineers use these labs to study fluid power with the eventual goal of working in the fluid power industry after they graduate.

Grant applications are judged in a number of areas—whether the lab uses both hydraulics and pneumatics, student involvement, what new projects are initiated and the lab’s multiplier effect to create other relevant projects and curricula.

Fluid Power Lab

Fluid Power Lab Grant Awards

2012 – Western Michigan University
Students are currently using the lab in the IME3840 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics class. It is anticipated that 130 students in five different undergraduate and graduate level classes will get hands-on experience with the lab each year.

2013 – Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
A new mechatronics/fluid power lab will support a transformative curriculum that will develop students’ technical skills throughout their four years of undergraduate study.


•  Angelina College, Lufkin, TX
   To purchase three new trainers and licenses for their hydraulics and pneumatics labs.

•  Central Community College, Grand Island, NE
   To expand their mechatronics program with the purchase of six TP 501 equipment sets.

•  Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, MN
   To buy a new data acquisition system for their fluid power lab.

•  Macomb Community College, Warren, MI
   To update eight trainers in their fluid power lab to use the latest technology to train students.

Support the Fluid Power Lab Grant Program

  • Financial support
    If you would like to support the lab program, DONATE here and designate “to Fluid Power Laboratories" in the Comments area.

  • Material donations

    Red Arrow BulletDonated Products (This page lists the products that NFPA Member Companies are willing to donate to NFPA Educator Members.)
    Red Arrow BulletNeeded Products  (This page lists the product donation needs of NFPA educational organizations.)

    NFPA Member Companies
    If you would like to donate materials and components, send your product lists to Carrie Tatman Schwartz. The items you donate will be used by Educator Members on their existing labs, trainers and other educational projects.

    NFPA Educator Members
    If you would like to submit a “wish-list” of products and materials needed at your school, send it to Carrie Tatman Schwartz. You will be contacted by NFPA Member Companies that can supply the products.  

    Contact information for NFPA Member Companies and Educator Members will be provided, and they will be asked to contact each other directly.

Adopt-A-Lab Program

This workforce program connects industry with educators to help develop and maintain fluid power labs at universities and community colleges. The Adopt-A-Lab program fosters learning about fluid power and helps build a potential pipeline for new hires. The program match-makes companies with a school in their area that already teaches hydraulics and pneumatics, or would like to. It helps identify what type of lab equipment the school is already using, and what additional equipment they need. NFPA member companies can participate in a number of ways:

  • Provide a contact person at their company
  • Visit the school and see the lab
  • Meet the contact person at the school, usually an instructor
  • Provide technical expertise or equipment/components to maintain the lab
  • Stay in contact with the school to keep the lab operating

If you would like to participate in the Adopt-A-Lab program and would like to find a school in your area, contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz at or (414) 778-3347.



Fluid Power Teaching Grants

At this time, applications are only being accepted from two-year community colleges. Only applications from schools located in the following states will be considered: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

red arrow bullet  Apply for a Teaching Grant

Deadline: 3:00 pm central, February 27, 2015

In order to gauge interest, please let us know by February 12 if you intend to apply for a Teaching Grant, contact Sue Chase.

Grants will be awarded to recipients as undesignated funds. Grants will be awarded to those seeking support of projects that do not involve considerations of intellectual property. 100% of the award designated as a gift will go directly to the actual project costs and will not be applied to any overhead.

Grant amounts will not exceed $5,000 and will be awarded for projects such as:
  • Student activity-based learning
  • Senior capstone projects
  • Student competitions
  • Curricula development by faculty
  • Development of teaching tools (e.g., textbooks, software programs, training stations)

Project Areas:

 To best achieve our objectives, the Foundation seeks proposals in the following areas:
1   Projects targeted to encourage students to identify and solve real-world problems with a fluid
  power application
2   Development of curriculum or certification for fluid power/automation at the 2-year college level
3   Development of hands-on introduction to fluid power training kits for targeted schools

For more information about the Teaching Grant Program, contact Sue Chase.


Fluid Power Challenge Grants

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awards grants to schools and educational institutions to facilitate the teaching of hydraulics and pneumatics. Are you planning to teach fluid power in your classroom or through a Fluid Power Challenge event? You may qualify for a Fluid Power Challenge grant.

Grant awards are intended to help defray the costs directly related to the educational aspects of the Challenge program, i.e., for the purchase of program materials such as Classroom Exercise Kits or Challenge Event Kits, or other expenses directly related to students and teachers participating in Fluid Power Challenge events or classroom activities that teach fluid power.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the calendar year and are reviewed on an on-going basis. Applicants are required to submit a report of how the money will be used, including a description of the type of materials requested, type of class, activity, or Fluid Power Challenge event they will be used in, class size and grade level. Follow-up reports, including photos, videos and testimonials, are required.

red arrow bullet  Click here to apply for a Challenge grant.

Congratulations to the schools that have received Challenge grants:

    Beer Middle School, Warren, MI
    Brentwood Middle School, Pittsburgh, PA
    Canon-McMillan School District, Canonsburg, PA
    Carleton Middle School, Warren, MI
    Carter Middle School, Warren, MI
    Crest Middle School, Shelby, NC
    Grissom Middle School, Warren, MI
    Independence Middle School, Bethel Park, PA
    Ingomar Middle School, Pittsburgh, PA
    Lake Country School, Hartland, WI
    Linton Middle School, Pittsburgh, PA
    Manhattan Junior High, Manhattan, IL
    Mitchell Middle School, Racine, WI
    Moon Area Middle School, Moon Township, PA
    Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, Pittsburgh, PA
    Riverview Junior/Senior High School, Oakmont, PA
    Saint Alexis School, Wexford, PA
    Shelby Middle School, Shelby, NC
    North Hills Middle School, Pittsburgh, PA
    Washington Junior High, Joliet, IL

    Jerling Junior High, Orland Park, IL
    John Young Middle School, Mishawaka, IN
    King's Fork High School, Suffolk, VA
    Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
    Mitchell Middle School, Racine, WI
    Oak Prairie Junior High School, Homer Glen, IL
    Whitman Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI

    Brown Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Clay Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Edison Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Eisenhower Junior High School, Hoffman Estates, IL
    Greene Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Jackson Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Jane Addams Junior High School, Schaumburg, IL
    Jefferson Traditional Center, South Bend, IN
    Jerling Junior High, Orland Park, IL
    La Causa Charter School, Milwaukee, WI
    LaSalle Academy, South Bend, IN
    Lincoln Prairie School, Hoffman Estates, IL
    Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
    Marshall Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Metcalf Junior High School, Burnsville, MN
    Navarre Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Oak Prairie Junior High School, Homer Glen, IL
    Whitman Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI

    Gardiner Public Schools, Gardiner, MT
    High Point Regional High School, Sussex, NJ
    King's Fork High School, Suffolk, VA
    Maury High School, Norfolk, VA

For more information, please contact Lynn Beyer, Workforce Program Manager at or (414) 778-3364.


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