Chapter Matching Grants

Chapter Matching Grants for Education


The Chapter Matching Grant program is designed to promote aerospace education activities at the chapter level. The program allows AFA National to assist aggressive chapters who are working actively with local educators and organizations to develop and promote new educational activities and events in math and science.

Requirements/Selection Criteria

AFA has moved to an online application system. Please click HERE to move the application, apply and submit all supporting documentation through SmarterSelect's secure system.

***Grant applications must be completed and submitted online - hard copy or faxed applications will not be considered.***


The chapter president must submit the Chapter Matching Grant application completely filled out, and attach a one-page narrative. The narrative must outline the activity and the measures the chapter is taking to promote education in math and science in their community. 

The request must equal the amount of funds the chapter plans to contribute to the event/activity with an annual ceiling of $500. Chapters may submit more than once during a calendar year, but may not exceed the annual ceiling of $500. The minimum grant submission is $200. 

A one page after-action report of the activity or event with photographs is required. If the report and photos are not received from the chapter in a timely manner (30-days after the event), future grant submissions will be returned without review. 

The grant may not be used for the funding of annual programs and is not a free money program just for having an AFA program. 

Grant Allocation

Funds are mailed to Chapter President, matching amount of funds spent by chapter. 

No chapter will receive more that $500 in grants per year.

AFA is looking for enthusiasm and creativity from local chapters. Chapters that are working actively with local educators and organizations to reach out to the community have the best chance of receiving a grant. 

Our staff review all grant applications and final approval is made by the AFA President. Chapters are notified within two to three weeks of approval or non-approval.

The grants may be used for...

  • Science fairs or special science and technology programs
  • Field trips
  • New aerospace educational activities with school, JROTC and ROTC
  • Career Days 

The grants may not be used for...

  • Scholarships
  • Non-math/science activities
  • JROTC and ROTC drill team and color guard activities or supplies
  • CyberPatriot or StellarXplorers team registration
  • Receptions and entertainment

Click here to see a Chapter Matching Grant example.

Thank you to AFA's Aerospace Education Platinum Sponsor!