The Promise Fund

Helping teachers as they strive to bring creativity and innovation to the classroom is the core of WFEE's mission. WFEE offers two deadlines for Professional Development grants, fall and early winter. The fall professional development deadline is passed.

If you are interested in professional development that will occur before the end of the 2017-2018 school year or in early June you should apply by the September deadline. If you are interested in courses that will occur in the summer or fall of 2018 you should apply by February 27, 2018.

Education grants are received once a year, the updcoming deadline is February 27, 2018. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but not awarded until the spring.


WFEE is supporting the integration of technology into all classrooms through an initiative called powerED UP! Grant requests that involve the purchase of technology such as student devices like Chromebooks or iPads should go directly to the Winchester Public Schools. Applications can be downloaded here and the completed forms emailed to Jessica Palino at

Process Basics for grant proposals:

  • Grants Committee meets in October to consider first round of professional development grants; Committee weekly in March to review education and round 2 pd applications;
  • WFEE Board reviews Committee recommendations in October and April;
  • Grants presented to the School Committee in  both October and May;
  • Applicants are then notified about the status of their grant proposal.

The WFEE Grants Review Committee consists of WFEE trustees and educators from the community who are not employed by the Town of Winchester.

The Review Committee considers each application according to the criteria stated in the WFEE Grants' guidelines. In the event that the Committee needs further clarification of any aspect of the proposal, the applicant may be asked to meet with Committee members to offer a more detailed explanation.

Any grant request over the amount of $7,500 automatically requires a meeting with the Review Committee.



Key Dates


Professional Development: First Round

2017 Deadline Passed

First Look

February 6, 2018

Professional Development: Second Round

February 27, 2018


February 27, 2018