Grant Information

The Westerville Education Foundation is an independent, volunteer, non-profit organization, founded in 1993 for the purpose of enhancing the education of Westerville students. Our primary goal is to promote educational initiatives undertaken by employees in the district. The WEF Grants are the longest-established component of our GAP (Grants, Adoption, Programs) funding initiatives.  Tax-deductible contributions received by the Foundation fund grants to district educators to enable them to implement significant and transformational educational initiatives. Grants are also available to other district employees and students to support innovative activities or programming.

The Westerville Education Foundation began awarding grants in the spring of 1997, granting three proposals of $500 each. From this humble beginning, the Foundation has provided for many enhanced educational opportunities for Westerville City School students.  Through the Spring of 2019, WEF has funded nearly 250 grants and one districtwide initiative totaling approximately $200,000.
What Your Donations Support....
Read this ARTICLE about what your donation dollars have funded in just the past year!

Ready to Apply For a Grant?

The Spring 2020 Grant Application Form is now available! 
What's new this cycle?
  • Students may apply! Their applications may be forwarded for review to the Westerville Student Education Foundation.
  • Award recipients will be announced at An Artful Affair on Saturday, April 25, so mark your calendars!
  • Your application should include a photo of the applicant(s). This will help us push out the award announcements.
  • You now have the option to include a short video with your application.
  • We've also included directions on how to name your file and information that should be in the page footers.
  • Good luck with your application!
Would you like to know what the WEF Board looks for in a quality grant application? This sample proposal was developed using an earler grant form, but it provides an excellent example of what we look for and it includes comments from our Grants Committee that can assist you in submitting a quality grant for our review on the NEW form: Grant Example with Comments
For questions about grants, please review the FAQ section of this page. If you can't find the answer there, please use the provided form to submit your question for a reply. 
We are also pleased to announce your opportunity to apply for funding we have received from Alliance Data to support after-school programs for English Learners in Westerville City Schools. To apply, please complete this simple form by March 13, 2020. Funding will be available by April 27th.

2019-20 Grants Calendar

The WEF Board offers district staff and students the opportunity to participate in its semiannual grant cycle.  The competition consists of a fall cycle for funds that become available for use in early January and a spring cycle for funds that become available for use in April. 
March 13:      Grant applications due at midnight
April 20-24:   All applicants notified of WEF/WSEF decisions
April 25:        Award recipients publicly announced at An Artful Affair
April 27:        Funds available for use by award recipients

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for a grant?
When can I apply?
How much money may I request?
What needs to be included in my application?
What are the funding criteria?
What are the additional requirements?
If you have general questions or comments regarding our grant process, please fill out the form below to contact a representative from our Grants Committee:

General Grant Questions or Comments