Education grant applications are now available from Weston foundation

Weston Education Foundation (WEF) is accepting applications for the Community Education Grant. The grant gives Weston-based organizations and individuals the opportunity to apply for up to $1,500 to develop educational programs to benefit constituents or the residents of Weston.

WEF will fund up to five organizations’ initiatives for 2012-13.

The most recent Community Education Grants were awarded to the Weston Senior Center.

WEF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote excellence and innovation in education for Westonites of all ages. Since 1994, the foundation has provided financial support for projects and programs in the community.

Examples of past programs that have been funded are the Weston Open Learning series, Weston Talks, computer education at the Senior Center, funding for a speaker series sponsored by the Weston Sustainability Committee, Civil War remembrance activities at the Weston Historical Society, the television studio at the high school, and sponsorship of the Years in the Making documentary film.

WEF will give priority to:

• New or pilot projects.

• Projects that promote educational opportunities.

• Projects that include a clearly defined plan with defined outcomes.

• Projects that address sustainability at the end of the grant term (if applicable).

• Projects that promote community building.

WEF does not fund:

• Support for religious or political organizations.

• Annual appeals or fund-raising events.

• Open space purchases.

• For-profit, parochial, charter, or private schools.

• Nonprofit endowments.

• Capital requests.

WEF will be accepting grant applications for Community Education Grants until Nov. 9. The WEF Grants Committee will review the applications, and grants will be announced no later than Nov. 19.

The application packet may be downloaded from

Contact WEF board member Marti Fischer at [email protected] to learn more about the Community Education Grant.

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