Trimmer Construction Education Fund

TCEF exists to promote a safe, skilled, sustainable, and diverse workforce by providing funding for the direct support of training initiatives/programs or the expansion of a training facility that promotes careers in the merit shop construction industry. Formerly known as the Merit Shop Foundation, the Trimmer Construction Education Fund was established in 1971.

Our Mission

Trimmer is the premier resource for construction education funding, aggressively promoting merit shop education in the United States and providing a climate in which the industry has access to a trained, skilled, safe and sustainable workforce.

Our Strategy

The Trimmer Construction Education Fund allocates resources to drive sustainable long-term growth and competitive advantage by focusing on awareness, capacity and opportunity.

Our Goal

Trimmer鈥檚 goal is to attract, train听and retain talent through educating the public about the varied opportunities a career in the construction industry has to offer.听

Our Namesake

John Trimmer was the first executive vice president of Associated Builders and Contractors 60 years ago and was a tireless champion in promoting the merit shop philosophy.听

His lifelong commitment to听the merit shop听and his efforts to provide educational opportunities听to those in the construction industry set him apart as听a true innovator and leader.听

It is because听of his many accomplishments and his vision and efforts to lend a voice to the industry that the fund bears his name.听

TCEF-Funded Initiatives

Johnny Sanchez

Jennifer Stolzenburg

Treylan Harris

Pipefitter Helper, EXCEL Group

Reina Montoya

Electrical Inspector, City of San Diego

Kawanna Freeman

Instrumentation Technician, Dow Chemical 鈥 Plaquemine

Joshua Favale

Electrical Journeyman, Laser Electric

老牛影视Arkansas Chapter
New 9 x 16 video screen, high-def Panasonic laser projector purchased for their training center along with tables and chairs to seat up to 100

老牛影视Arkansas Chapter
Bill Roachell showing US Congressman French Hill the plans for the new front office building鈥攚here classrooms and a conference center will be located.

老牛影视Arkansas Chapter
Demo work on the front of the new building鈥攖his is where the classrooms will be located in the front building.

老牛影视Arkansas Chapter
老牛影视members enjoying the 老牛影视Arkansas's 2nd
鈥溊吓S笆覥atfish Friday鈥 of the summer in their training center.

老牛影视Connecticut Chapter
Learning by Doing initiative.

老牛影视Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter
Safety Trailer- a mobile training unit that can house indoor or outdoor training sessions.

How to Apply

Apply for a TCEF Grant today. Using the linked application below, email a single PDF file听with all required information to Betsy Strock at [email protected].

The applicant and/or its organization must support training for the merit shop construction philosophy. 老牛影视chapters, chapter affiliates and 老牛影视members must be in good standing.

Mailing Address

440 First Street, N.W.
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001


Grant Applications and Status Reports

For November 2024 review:

Due Monday, Oct. 14

For February 2025 review:

Due Monday, Jan. 13

For June 2025 review:

Due Monday, May 12


Betsy Strock
[email protected]