WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (SEPTEMBER 13, 2021) — The Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation (WASDEF) is accepting applications for its annual Teacher Mini-Grant Program and the first round of general grant funding for the 2021-2022 school year.
Applications must be submitted to the foundation’s office at the District Service Center on or by Friday, Oct. 22.
The foundation’s Teacher Mini-Grant Program gives WASD teachers and administrators the opportunity to enhance curriculum through compelling, innovative programs and projects by applying for up to a maximum of $1,500 in support.
Grant applications submitted for consideration must include:
- a clear link to improving student achievement;
- goals that are long-term and ongoing, including a statement of need and a plan to address the need, and outlines how to measure its success;
- an introduction of a uniquely new and creative/imaginative activity;
- a project that can be used to reinforce the district’s educational program;
- and a project that provides considerable benefit to the student experience.
Grants will not be given for parties, incentive gifts or classroom supplies.
In addition, general funding requests submitted to the foundation should articulate a need and/or opportunity of high impact beyond the means of the district’s annual operating budget that also demonstrate sustainability once grant funds expire.
Applicants will be notified of their grant status on or by Friday, Nov. 12.
During the 2020-2021 school year, WASDEF awarded 11 program grants and 150 scholarships, awards and prizes to 84 students totaling $371,689.
For more information or to download grant applications, click here.
The Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation is the recognized nonprofit affiliate of the school district. Led by a 20-member volunteer board of directors, WASDEF facilitates charitable giving and permanent legacies based on individual areas of interest in educational innovation, the arts, athletics and scholarships.
Pictured: Williamsport Area Middle School students work on equipment and software purchased through a $2,879 grant from the education foundation in the 2020-2021 school year to improve and enhance the capabilities of the school's TV studio space. Additional grant funding in the amount of $2,700 also supported the upgrades from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania through Educational Improvement Tax Credit donations received from Citizens & Northern, First National Bank of PA, M&T Bank, UPMC Health Plan and Woodlands Bank.