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Plastics & Polymer Industry General Grants

Through its educational grants program, the SPE Foundation strives to provide students of all ages with the means to explore the science and technology of plastics and polymers. Giving is aimed at programs and projects at educational institutions to benefit the members of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the plastics industry, and the general public.

Grants from the SPE Foundation are available every year, funds permitting, for programs/projects that will benefit the members of SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers), the plastics industry, and/or the general public.

As a general policy, the SPE Foundation does not support advertising, capital or building campaigns, endowments, fundraising drives or events, or general operating expenses. Find the complete non-support statement in the grant application.

Applications must be received by: To be reviewed in:
February 15 March
May 15 June
August 15 September
November 15 December

Applications received after the posted deadline will be reviewed at the following quarterly meeting (e.g. – an application received on September 5th will be reviewed at the December Board meeting).


Plastics Education Grants

The Plastics Education Grant provides funding for programs such as exhibits at museums, attendance at educational training courses, books and equipment for classroom use, or the development of classroom-relevant educational programs.

Grant Application


3D Printer Grants

The SPE Foundation accepts 3D grant requests from junior high, middle and high schools.

3D Printer Grant Guidelines


Thermoforming Division Equipment Grants

To apply for a Thermoforming Equipment Grant, you must complete and return a Thermoforming Grant Application with your proposal. The application must indicate a specific amount for a specific piece of equipment and must be submitted prior to the purchase of that equipment. The source of the matching funds must be identified. A clear statement about the use of the equipment must be included.

Thermoforming Grant Application

Complete details on Foundation General Grants are available from The SPE Foundation. Call +1 203.740.5412 or email