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.


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.

Fund Use

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.

An application form can be downloaded from this site. Or, contact the WEDF Executive Director at: to request a form.

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.

Links for additional information:

Application form
Scoring Rubric