Since 1983, the Ed Fund has awarded grants to uplift public schools in West Contra Costa County. We are proud to continue being a source of funding for the teachers in our district. Our Grants program is designed to champion initiatives and projects that nurture creativity and foster empowerment for students and the entire community through the Arts.

Our Bradley Arts Mini-Grants give the WCCUSD community the opportunity to empower and support students, especially African American/Black students, with their social, emotional and academic needs, while supporting project-based learning, skill development, and engaging learning experiences. The Back-to-School Mini-Grants are intended to ease the burdens of out-of-pocket costs, while improving the educational experience of students, especially focusing on the needs of African American/Black students. To celebrate and honor the lives and contributions of Black Americans during the Spring, our Black History Month grants focus on teaching students the importance of Black culture, arts, history, music, and their impact on the world today– immersing themselves in a sense of pride and belonging, while celebrating their rich history and unique experiences.

During the 2022-2023 school year, we awarded nearly $29,000 in Bradley Arts Grants to 40 projects across the district and nearly $29,000 in grants to 115 educators for Back to School. In honor of Black History Month, the Ed Fund awarded $27,000 in Arts grants to support 27 classroom and school-wide projects and community events.

Grant Opportunities

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year, WCCUSD community!

We are so excited to be able to announce a variety of grant opportunities for the current school year.

Bradley Arts Mini-Grants

Who: Anyone from the West Contra Costa community (teacher, student, parent, community-based organization) can apply for a grant as long as the project/event supports a classroom or school(s) within the West Contra Costa Unified School District. (At this time, we are not accepting applications from charter schools.)

What: Classroom grants of up to $500 are available to support projects serving individual classrooms. School-wide grants of up to $1,000 are available to support projects serving 3 or more classrooms. Community event grants are available for up to $1,500. School-wide and Community Event grants require the Principal’s signature for approval. Grants can be used on: art supplies, visiting artists, scripts, materials, instruments, costumes/props, etc., but are not allowed to be used for the coordination of the project or teacher salaries/stipends. Aligning our work to our equity statement, the Ed Fund will be rewarding grants that support all students, but will be providing impact points for projects that have an explicit focus on the needs of African American/Black students or that incorporate art of African American/Black artists. Grant award may be considered taxable income. Consult your tax professional for additional information.

How: Simply submit an online 2023 Bradley Arts Mini-Grant Application through our website’s “Apply Now” button or click here.

When: Application opens September 1, 2023 and closes September 29, 2023 at 5PM.

Questions?: Please contact Sarah Camacho at or Raymond Sison at

We look forward to your application and reading your plans to build relationships and foster successful growth and learning moving forward.

Black History Month Mini-Grants

Our 2023-2024 Black History Month Mini-Grants application will open November 2023.

Back-to-School Mini-Grants

We are not offering Back-to-School Mini-Grants for the 2023-2024 school year.