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GRANTS

 One way the Washington BRIDGE Education Foundation supports WCHS's faculty and WCHS/high-school-aged students in the community is by providing grants that bring their great ideas and plans to life. Faculty grants fund innovative classroom and out-of-classroom projects, providing enriching educational opportunities and experiences to many students from all levels of academic performance.  Student grants can help students prepare for life beyond high school (i.e. tools needed to start in a trade, apprentice program fees/college application fees, entrepreneurship,  etc...). Funding for all grants are made possible by monetary donations made to BRIDGE, and by the proceeds from our fundraisers (Paint The Path, Fall Spiritwear, Trivia Night).  Types of grants and monetary amounts are allocated during the summer of the upcoming school year. Faculty/staff and students should check this webpage to find what is available in addition to the application open/close dates and eligibility.  To make a donation, visit our donation page

Eligible Applicants for the Grants (2022-23  School-Year)

  • WCHS student (2023 grad), or any 2023 high school grad who resides in Washington, IL (Age 19 and under), who will be pursuing a career in the trades (trades include, but not limited to, mechanics, welding, electrician, plumbing, carpenter, cosmotology, culinary, pipe fitter, mason, heating and cooling)
  • WCHS student (2023 or 2024 grad) who is applying to an apprentice program, junior college or four-year college and needs assistance covering application/program fees.
  • Grants will be awarded without regard to an applicant’s race, age, creed, gender or national origin.

Grant Types

Trade Grant

$1000 Available*

Grants will be awarded, until all available funds have been used, in the form of payment towards materials needed to pursue a career in a trade (i.e., tools, uniform, culinary equipment, etc...).  This application will be released Feb. 1, 2023

Applications can be submitted via Google Forms (a link will be provided on this page) and paper forms will be available in the WCHS Counseling Office. 



*Dollar amount could increase between now and Feb. 2023


Application Fee Grant

$500 Available*

Grants will be awarded until all available funds have been used.

The application for this grant will be released Feb. 1, 2023 **

Applications can be submitted via Google Forms (a link will be provided on this page) and paper forms will be available in the WCHS Counseling Office.




*Dollar amount could increase between now and Feb. 2023

**Applications may be released earlier, check back Dec. 2022

You may submit applications to both categories.

Rubrics Used For Selecting Applications

Trade Grant

released 2/1/23

Application Grant

Released 2/1/23