The ARRL Foundation generally awards initial funding to organizations for new Amateur Radio related projects. The funding awards range from $1,000 to $3,000, with most awards approximately $2,000.The Foundation does not award follow up grants.
The ARRL Foundation does not wish to be the sole funder of an Amateur Radio project and gives preference to groups that successfully conduct fund raising locally before submitting agrant application. Proposals with strong and on-going fund raising initiatives are preferred. Please note the ARRL Foundation funds programs and projects within the United States.
The focus of the grant program is to support Amateur Radio organizations with programs to educate, license and support Amateur Radio activities with emphasis on youth-based activities.
The ARRL Foundation does not fund emergency communications equipment vans, equipment or facilities. Groups seeking such funding are encouraged to contact local resources that have a stake supporting Amateur Radio’s success. The ARRL Foundation does not fund on-going operations or expenses. It is rare for the Foundation to award a grant for more than one year or to renew a prior grant.
ARRL Foundation awards may be General Fund Grants, or may qualify under one of the following Special Programs:
Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Fund
CW Operators Educational Fund
The Alfred E. Friend, Jr., W4CF Educational Activities Fund
Endowed by the estate of Alfred E. Friend, Jr., W4CF, this fund is intended to provide grants for educational programs and activities of Amateur Radio organizations.
The Alfred E. Friend, Jr., W4CF, Educational Activities Fund will be administered by the ARRL Foundation based on the following criteria:
1) Applicants must submit a grant application form and detailed budget via the ARRL Foundation website at http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-grants.
2) The Fund will provide annual grants to organized programs and projects designed for groups to pursue on-going education in wireless/STEM/radio technology with special emphasis on activities involving youth and teacher development.
3) Applicants with local radio club participation and community fund raising will be given preference.
4) Grants will be awarded annually as recommended by the ARRL Foundation Proposals Committee and approved by vote of the ARRL Foundation Board of Directors. The application deadline for each year is October 1st.
5) Grant awards may be renewed based on a performance report by the award winner during the award year and submission of an application for renewed funding.
Questions about the grant-making process and contributions to the ARRL Foundation may be directed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.