Education Readiness Grants

Equip Your Classroom with
Industry 4.0 Technologies

Education Readiness Grants help Indiana secondary schools prepare students for careers in the increasingly high-tech advanced manufacturing industry. Awarded grants enable school corporations and/or individual school sites to purchase Industry 4.0 technologies that are defining the future of advanced manufacturing.

By aligning curricula and experiential learning through the adoption of smart technologies, students will be ready to meet the needs of Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics employers.

Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow, Together

Conexus works with the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to provide a total of $500,000 in Education Readiness Grants. Awarded schools may receive up to $100,000 per applicant to purchase hardware and/or software that create foundational exposure to the smart manufacturing technology being adopted today.

Grant recipients will be Indiana secondary schools who demonstrate a direct connection with local advanced manufacturers and graduate job-ready students with experience and credentials that apply
to local employers.

Education Readiness Grants complement Indiana’s Next Level Programs of Study – Indiana’s redesign of secondary career and technical education courses made up of 66 programs of study launching in the 2022-2023 school year. Schools interested in offering the Industry 4.0 – Smart Manufacturing or Industrial Automation and Robotics programs of study will be able to use funds from Education Readiness Grants to assist with implementation.

Ready to Apply?

Grant applications are reviewed by the Conexus Indiana Smart Manufacturing Education Fellows advisory committee. The committee is made up of post-secondary, industry and state leadership partners who represent various industry sectors, technology competencies and geographic diversity.

Applications for Spring 2022 are now closed.