Area School Parnership Program

Area School Grant Application

New Program Benefits Area Schools
Foundation announces a new program which will invest in the education of area youth. Through the Area School Partnership Program, the Foundation will award grants on an annual basis for public education projects which are beyond the scope of the regular school budget.

“We are excited about offering this program to area schools,” said Jan DeBerg, WACF executive director. “While schools within Watertown’s city limits are always eligible to apply for grants, this new program enables us to support other area schools as well. Our students are important to our community’s wellbeing,” she added. “We are merely doing our part in helping to provide them with optimum school resources.”

The idea for the program came about when the Waverly/South Shore School District applied for a grant in 2016. “We really hadn’t ever received any grant applications before from area schools,” DeBerg explained. “The grant request was important to the school and Foundation Board members agreed that we should be looking at expanding our grant recipient area since many of nearby community residents consider Watertown ‘home,’ too.”

School districts within approximately 30 miles of Watertown are eligible to apply. Foundation staff is available to counsel with interested parties regarding the appropriateness of a project for consideration by the Foundation Board. Grant applications are due in March with final determination on all proposals being made by the Foundation board in May.

2019 Area School Grants

  • Florence School:  $2,500.00 (Playgournd equipments)
  • Hamlin School:  $2,500.00 (2 – zSpace computers & goggles)

2018 Area School Grants

  • Castlewood School:  $2,499.00 (Robot2 device for Robotics Program)
  • Estelline School:  $2,400.00 (6 iPads for HS Music Comp. Course)
  • Hamlin School:  $2,500.00 (Robotic Kits, iPads, 3D Printer, Drones)
  • Henry School:  $2,500.00 (VexEDR Robotic Kits & Coding Curriculum)

2017 Area School Grants

  • Clark School:  $2,000.00 (STEM kits for Elementary science lab)
  • Dueul School:  $2,500.00 (Financial support for JAG program – Jobs for America’s Grads)