Mini Grants

WEDF Awards $6500 in Mini-grants

In November, WEDF awarded $6500 to support 17 innovative student projects in the Worcester Public Schools. The grants, up to $500 each, help fund projects  that incorporate STEAM/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) learning.

The funds will 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.

The WEDF Mini-grant program enhances and enriches  teaching and learning in the Worcester Public Schools.

The Application Process

Mini-grant applicants must clearly show innovation and creativity in the projects they propose. And, they must explain how financial support will lead to the project’s success.

Applicants provide WEDF with a cover page and two-page application that is  approved 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. 

When the next round of Mini-grant funding is announced, applicants will be able to download an application form from this site Or, they can contact the WEDF Executive Director at: to request a form. The Executive Director can also provide technical assistance in the application process.

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 non-profit organization. 

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