What We Do

Teacher Discretionary Grants

These grants offer support to WPS teachers to work with and visit CultureLEAP’s cultural partners.

Basic Guidelines:

  • Grants are for teachers in the WPS system.
  • Award amounts are up to $500.
  • Funding may be used for program and/or transportation costs.
  • All programs must include the resources of at least one of our cultural partners.
  • Applications must be approved by a teacher’s principal.
  • Individual teachers must apply directly to CultureLEAP.
  • Grants will be offered 2-3 times per year depending on available funding.
  • Each teacher/classroom is eligible to receive one award per school year.
  • Applications are evaluated by a rotating committee of 1 WPS Curriculum Liaison, 1 Cultural Partner Representative, and the Executive Director of CultureLEAP.
  • Applicants are notified about the status of the award within a month of receipt of their application.
  • Application forms are available online.

CultureLEAP Programs

CultureLEAPs pair cultural partners with grade-specific curriculum for cultural learning experiences for entire grade levels.


Grade 4, Worcester Art Museum

Every fourth grade student in the WPS visited the Worcester Art Museum, studied master landscapes from the permanent collection, and engaged in related curriculum-based visual and language arts activities.

This program was funded by C.C. Lowell and Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

Grade 10, Shakespeare & Co.

Every tenth grade student in the WPS attended a live performance of Shakespeare & Co.’s Julius Caesar at The Hanover Theatre after reading the story in literature class.

This program was supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Cultural Commission, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, with additional support from Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

AfterSchool Programs

Funded by 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program of the Worcester Public Schools.

This is MY City©

A 16week after-school exploration of Worcester, which is steeped in the History and Geography; Civics and Government; and Economics strands within the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

This is MYCity!©, is for 5th and 6th graders. It runs one day a week in selected Worcester Public Schools.

The program, offered in the fall and the spring, focuses on the local government process. Students focus on a community problem and spend 16 weeks visiting and learning from cultural institutions, businesses, colleges, government officials and individuals. At the end of the semester, students from each participating school come together at a Mock City Council Meeting inside City Hall to debate solutions to the problem.

The program seeks to build strong connections between WPS 5th/6th grade students and the city; and to encourage active participation in our local government process.