WEP is very excited to announce a new resource for schools.  We are pleased to roll-out a new Minigrant Program that will provide cash awards for innovative and creative projects that will help students to learn about college and careers.

From 1989 to 2002, WEP coordinated a similar Minigrant Program that put more than $170,000 into classrooms.  As school programs, community needs and available financial resources changed, WEP shifted our support to other areas. 

After 26 years of service to the school system and the business community, the Board of Directors decided it was time to evaluate our purpose and role to see if there were new ways we could support schools to help better meet the needs of both students and our business community. 

Following much discussion and planning, two new focus areas were identified:  College and Career Readiness and Support for Educators.  Several initiatives are being created to align with the Wilson County Schools Strategic Plan and the Wilson County Youth Master Plan.  This grant program combines both focus areas to provide financial support for educators and to foster new and expanded opportunities for more students to gain access to college and to prepare for careers.

K-12 educators who work with students in any subject area are eligible to apply for funds. Click here to access the grant guidelines and application.   All applications are due by October 30, 2015.