Professional Section Grant Program

SME Section Grants support SME Sections, and by extension, the industry. Section Grants are intended to:
  • Change the public perception of mining.
  • Enhance SME member engagement.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for Section members.


  • Grants will support projects developed and executed by SME Sections.
  • Grants will not be awarded for donations to third parties, including student chapters and other groups within SME.
  • Section grants are intended to fund specific, one-time projects; they are not to be used to fund general or on-going section expenses such as speaker fees, meeting fees, student attendance, scholarships, travel, annual events, etc.
  • The requested grant amount may not be more than 80% of the funding needed for a proposed project; the section must fund a minimum 20% of their project.
  • Applications are reviewed and approved at the discretion of the Grant Selection Committee, based on the quality of the project and the completeness of the application.
  • Consideration for funding will be based on the scope and the impact of the project.
  • Not all grant applications will be approved/funded.
  • Only one grant application will be accepted per Section per year.


  • Applications must be received by the advertised due date (around July 1; exact date released annually).
  • All Sections who wish to be considered must be in good standing with SME Headquarters.
    • Have submitted their financial statement by the November deadline, annually.
    • Section leadership updates reported to SME, annually; all Section leadership (including officers, Board Members, Executive Committee members, etc.) must be members of SME.
  • Project timeframes may not exceed 24 months.
  • Applications over $500 must be accompanied by a detailed project plan.
  • Sections may be asked to provide two status reports, one at mid-project and a final report upon completion.

Grant Proposal Ideas/Examples:

  • Creating educational outreach material, such as rock kits or mining-themed coloring books for distribution at local schools.
  • A partnership between a Section and student chapter to work together to develop and execute an educational community program.
  • Seed money for development of local professional development conferences.
  • Conducting science, engineering or mining programs at local K-12 schools.
  • Collaborative projects with local organizations, such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, focusing on science or mining education.
  • Providing career-focused field trips for local students.

SME Section Leadership, submit your application for an SME Section grant.
SME Section Grant Application