Published in the September 23, 2016 edition.

WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Educational Foundation (WEF) is pleased to announce that grant applications are currently being accepted for the 2016-17 school year. This unique grant program supports innovation and promotes excellence in the Wakefield Public Schools by seeking to enhance and enrich the educational experience of every student in the district.

Grants are intended to be grade or classroom specific requests to help support the Wakefield Public Schools in areas such as Educational Enrichment, Environmental Studies and Innovation, and the expansion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning options for students.

The subject matter to which a grant can be applied must impact a group of students in the Wakefield Public Schools. The group may be as small as a single class, or as large as the total school population (K-12). Stand-alone grant requests are encouraged but a request for a large-scale program that can be divided among several funding sources, will also be considered.

All teachers, teacher aides, librarians, department heads, principals, assistant principals and PTO presidents within the Wakefield School Department may apply. WEF currently offers: Enrichment Max Grant Amount: $2,500; Environmental Studies Max Grant Amount: $2,500; Innovation Max Grant Amount: $1,000.

​To apply for a grant, visit WEF’s website – and click on the Grant Application Download Form link to submit your application. To learn more details about our programs, including requirements and instructions, click on any of the Grant Program Information links also located on the website. Completed applications MUST BE SUBMITTED before Oct. 21, 2016. Grant award decisions will be communicated via letter to each applicant, no later than Nov. 18, 2016.