WEDF was established in 2005 for the sole purpose of supporting the Worcester Public Schools. Through WEDF, more than $ 4 million has been invested in students and teachers through field trips, educational supplies, professional development, scholarships and awards, and special opportunities. WEDF is a 501 (c) 3 no-profit organization.
Funds for mini-grants are raised through the Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools event held annually.
Any instructional staff member in the district may apply for a grant of up to $ 500 to fund innovative projects for students in WEDF’s four areas of focus:
- Arts and Culture
- College and Career Readiness
- Health and Wellness
- and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Extra points will be given to projects that enrich the grade-level curriculum-based field trips generously funded through the Culture LEAP program through pre-visit preparation or post-visit undertakings.
Grade 1 – Mechanics Hall Concert
Grade 2 – Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Grade 3 – Old Sturbridge Village
Grade 4 – Worcester Art Museum
Grade 5 – Worcester Historical Museum
Grade 6 – EcoTarium
Grade 7 – Broad Meadow Brook
Grade 8 – Hanover Theatre Shakespeare
Grade 9 – Local College Visit and Crocodile River
Grade 10 – Tsongas Industrial Center
Grade 11 – Preservation Worcester and City Hall
Grade 12 – Hanover Theatre.
Funds may be used for instructional and non-instructional materials, field trips (transportation and fees), and consultants. Funds may not be used for stipends or salary for WPS personnel.
A cover page and two-page application are required and must be signed or approved via email by the building principal or immediate supervisor. The application must clearly state a learning need, describe how that need will be met and evaluated, and include a line item budget.
Attachments are not allowed.
Two copies of the application may be delivered to:
WEDF at Commerce Bank Field/Foley Stadium
Worcester Educational Development Foundation
210 Park Avenue, Suite 224
Worcester, MA 01609
Awards will be determined by a broad-based review committee based on the WEDF scoring rubric.
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