Watertown School Program Grants

2017 Watertown Schools Program Grants

The Watertown Community Foundation (WCF) and the Watertown Education Foundation (WEF) are pleased to announce they are accepting applications for the Watertown School Grant Program. This program focuses solely on Watertown’s public schools and seeks to support activities that improve instruction and learning.  The application form is available online.


Applicants must be public entities or nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Organizations implementing programs within a school(s) are welcome to apply. It is also recommended that applicants review their proposed project with the school principal before applying.

NOTE: Grants will not be provided to individuals; applications from teachers must be submitted in partnership with their school or school’s PTO to serve as the fiscal agent and administer the awarded funds.

Grant Amounts

Grant requests of up to $2,500 will be considered, though the average amount awarded will likely range from $500 to $1,000. Where partnerships of two or more schools or organizations are involved an award of up to $5,000 will be considered.

Grant Types

Applications can be submitted for individual classrooms, grade-level initiatives, afterschool programs, school-wide efforts, and system-wide plans. Preference will be given to proposals that extend beyond one classroom and enrich the learning environment. Examples of past support include:

  • Supplemental materials or books (e.g., student book clubs, school gardens)
  • Equipment (e.g., musical instruments, supplemental lab or engineering equipment)
  • Special events and speakers (e.g., anti-discrimination or drug and alcohol prevention programs, author-in-residence)
  • Student Programs (e.g., college readiness, student newspaper, art and science afterschool)
  • Experimental School or District wide initiatives (e.g., the Buck Institute’s Project-based learning professional development for K-8 teachers, Picture-in-Writing materials and training for all three elementary schools)

Applications seeking support for field trips, snacks, furniture/desks, buses, teacher travel, or individual professional development will not be funded.

Grants should focus on activities for the spring and fall of 2018 but can be extended into the following school year if necessary.


October 10, 2017             Request for Proposals Posted

November 10, 2017         Applications Due to WCF/WEF

December 20, 2017          Applicants Notified of Grant Decisions

December 15, 2018          Reports Due to WCF/WEF

Submission Instructions


Email info@watertownfoundation.org

*This application is for school-based educational grants only. Educational programs that are not school-based can apply for a Watertown Community Foundation Program Grant in the spring of 2018.