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CultureLEAP Teacher Grants

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.

Worcester Principals Association and WEDF Partner to Fund Mini-Grants

A spring round of Mini-Grants totaling $ 10,000 went to 40 elementary and middle schools.  Much of the money will support mathematics education through the purchase of materials.  Funds were provided by the Worcester Principals Association and money raised by WEDF through the Distinguished Alumni and Friends event and payroll deduction.


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/mailed to:

210 Park Avenue, Suite 224
Worcester, MA  01609

For assistance, contact [email protected].

Links for additional information:
Mini-grant application form
Scoring Rubric

City of Worcester
Worcester Public Schools
Worcester Public Schools – Coats For Kids
Worcester Public Schools – strategic plan