Friends of Learning in Killingly (FOLK) Fund

The Class of 1966 Friends of Learning in Killingly (FOLK) Fund was created with gifts from members and friends of the High School Class of 1966 to promote innovative school-based educational projects in Killingly, Connecticut. The graduates wish to show their support for public education in their hometown, to encourage innovation and curriculum enhancement in the Killingly Public Schools, and to generally inspire the love of learning in current and future generations of Killingly children and youth.

The Fund is managed by Greater Worcester Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Worcester, Massachusetts that administers endowment gifts contributed by people and organizations to benefit their communities. An Advisory Committee of Class of 1966 graduates will determine grant awards.

Areas of Interest

The FOLK Fund will make grants up to $250 to support innovative, effective, curriculum enhancing school-based education projects in the Killingly Public Schools. Larger grants of $400-500 will be available for collaborations between teachers, academic departments or schools. Grants will be made for:

  • implementation of new classroom or special in-school curricula or pilot projects,
  • enrichment activities, such as field trips, visiting performers, or lecturers,
  • professional training focused on innovative curriculum development.

Priority will be given to applications that focus on student participation projects. The Fund will not support individual scholarships or capital expenditures. Applicants are encouraged to show how they will attract other resources or secure matching funds from public or private sources to support the proposed project.

To ensure that the intent of your initiative is aligned with the curriculum, goals and principles of Killingly Public Schools, prior to our review of your application, we will ask your building principal to complete a brief approval that we will send them directly. To ensure a speedy review process, we encourage you to share the nature of your project and your application with your principal prior to its submission.

FOLKtales (PDF, 1MB) is published yearly and provides updates on previously awarded grants. 

Scope and Limitations

There is no limit to the number of applications each public school in Killingly (Killingly High School, Killingly Intermediate School, Killingly Central School, Killingly Memorial School and Goodyear Early Childhood Center) may submit each year. Applications must be endorsed by the Principal or Director. The Advisory Committee will review every complete and eligible application received by the deadline and awards will be announced in February. Funds awarded must be spent by the end of the next school year.


January 17, 2018
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please note, the Friends of Learning in Killingly (FOLK) Fund has extended the deadline to Friday January 19, 2018 at 5pm.


Applicants may apply between November 15 and January 15 using our online application. If you wish to apply, email a request for log-in instructions to Jasmine Okutoro.

The Proposal Budget Form to include with your online application is available HERE. Please email us if you have any trouble opening it. 

Grant Report

If you are a Killingly teacher who received a FOLK Fund grant last year, you are required to submit a Grant Report on that project. If you apply for a new grant this year, upload your Grant Report Form to your new application where requested. If you will not apply again, please email your Grant Report Form to the Foundation by January 1. The Grant Report Form is available here: Grant Report Form

Contact: Jasmine Vasquez Okutoro

Telephone: 508-755-0980

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