A Message from our Grant Committee...
Dear Potential Grant Applicants,
In order to effectively enhance and enrich the instruction in our schools, WEEF annually discusses the Westerly School district’s focus to support the district through the annual WEEF grant initiative. Our meeting to discuss WEEF’s grant partnership opportunities for the 2019 -2020 grant cycle consideration merited opportunities for grant requests to focus on building capacity for thoughtful, purposeful planning and generating student centered initiatives and experiences.
WEEF is seeking grants which empower educators to explore ideas to promote student growth, foster and inspire student confidence, and facilitate opportunities to make connections across the curriculum and with the community. The district partnership with WEEF seeks to market and celebrate student success and bring awareness to student achievement through thoughtful, purposeful planning and engagement strategies. Grant proposals should be aligned with current curriculum, should take into account the many different learning styles of students in the classroom, and should include measurable goals.
Since its inception, grant funding has given $300,000 to various school and community requests. Our website, www.weefri.org, summarizes the types of grants we have funded in the past few years. While no request is too large or too small, annual funding allocations are determined by our investment returns at the Rhode Island Foundation.
We applaud the efforts of the many dedicated, creative, and highly motivated teachers and community members who seek WEEF grants Although we cannot fund every grant request, we are inspired by each grant application we receive to do all we can to increase our endowment fund, so that we will have more to give in the years to come. We hope to support you in the work you do best.
The WEEF 2019-2020 grant cycle will begin in April 2019 and end on July 1, 2019 with an updated electronic submission found here and at www.weefri.org.
Deborah Ventresca, WEEF Grant Committee Chairperson
Committee members: Deb Pendola, Michelle Pinto, Aaron Morrone, Megan Herlihy, Colleen Saila, and Angela Church