Empowering Teachers to Inspire

When teachers or instructors propose innovative, aerospace-themed projects, they unleash their students’ imaginations and encourage bright minds to explore futures in STEM fields. Unfortunately, sometimes a lack of funding prevents these projects from becoming a reality. AFA is proud to step in and offer three types of education grants to make sure those dreams become reality.

AFA Educator Grants

Every year, AFA awards $500 grants to 40 educators poised to make a lasting difference. The grant process is competitive. A committee of aerospace education experts reviews all qualified applications and scores them based on their detailed grant proposals. AFA selects projects that best serve our nation’s students and support our mission.

AFA Educator Grant applications are accepted from September 1st to December 15th each year. Educator Grants are awarded in February. Please view and submit your grant application online via our third-party website, SmarterSelect. AFA will not consider hardcopy or faxed applications.

Educator Grant Guidelines

Official Educator Grant Rules

2018 AFA Educator Grant Recipients

NOW AVAILABLE: 2019 Educator Grants Application

Grants for Civil Air Patrol Units and Educators

AFA is proud to offer educational grants to Civil Air Patrol (CAP) units and educators to advance aerospace education and STEM initiatives. Since 1996, AFA has provided more than $440,000 to CAP units and teachers to help fund aerospace education programs. AFA's support through CAP grants has inspired interest in over 346,000 youth toward science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and careers.

AFA Grants for Civil Air Patrol Units

AFA Grants for Civil Air Patrol Educators


Grants for JROTC Units

AFA offer grants of $250 to JROTC units to advance aerospace education in the classroom. These grants enhance students' understanding of the critical role aerospace plays in today and tomorrow's society. AFA is proud to partner with JROTC to operate aerospace education programs in 30 classrooms to reach hundreds of cadets annually. 

AFA Grants for JROTC Units