Mini Grants

WEDF Announces $6000 Available for Mini-grants

Small grants, up to $500, are available  to fund innovative projects for students that incorporate STEAM/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). 

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. While kits may be purchased, the intent of this program is to feature hands-on, experiential learning. Therefore, the applicant(s) must clearly state how the purchase of materials will be used to undertake a project that is innovative and different.

To Apply:

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.

To download a copy of the application, click here.  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

Electronic submissions will not be reviewed.


Awards will be determined by a broad-based review committee. A copy of the committee’s scoring rubric can be downloaded here.


Deadline for submission – November 1, 2019
Announcement of Awards – November 12, 2019
Evaluations & receipts due  by – May 31, 2020

To schedule a technical assistance session, contact:

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.