Mini Grants

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.

The Worcester Educational Development Foundation announces the availability of $7,500 for Civic Engagement Mini-Grants for 2017. The purposes of the grants are to advance teaching and learning that will engage students in the rights and duties of democracy, and nurture better informed citizens for the preservation of our democracy.


Any instructional staff member, PTO, school site council, or school-based administrator in the district may apply for a grant of up to $400. 

Fund Use

Funds may be used for instructional and non-instructional materials, speakers, buses, and consultants. Funds may not be used for stipends or salary for Worcester Public Schools 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, aligned to curriculum, and evaluated. A line item budget must be included. Attachments are not allowed.

Two copies of the proposal may be delivered to:

WEDF at Commerce Bank Field/Foley Stadium 

Or, mailed to:

210 Park Avenue, Suite 224
Worcester, MA  01609


March 6, 2017 – Deadline for Submission
March 13, 2017 – Announcement of Awards
By May 31, 2017 – Evaluation and final budget with receipts are submitted to WEDF.

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Links for additional information:

Mini-grant application form

Scoring Rubric