The Wayland Business Association has always been a benefactor to the local community. In the past 10 years alone the association has made grants to more than thirty non-profit organizations at an average amount of more than $10,000 per year. The criteria has shifted slightly over the years but generally the recipients are non-profit organizations which benefit Wayland residents in one way or another.
In recent years there has been an effort to provide two types of funding: “seed” money that can be used to leverage donations from other entities or the public at large or funds to cover the cost of an unusual event or asset. Grants have ranged from as little as $50 (to the Earth Day Fund in 2003) to as much as $2,300 (Wayland Public Schools in 2008). By far the most funding has gone to the Wayland High school Scholarship Fund with at least $4,000 per year. Most grants are in the range of a few hundred dollars.
These grants, however, are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg as they represent the contributions to these community groups made by the association as a whole. There is no tracking of the total contributed dollars made by member businesses over the years. WBA members are regularly solicited to support local programs and events and they come through just as regularly.
Below is a list of the organizations that have received grants since 2003:
375th Anniversary for Pelham Island Pictures documentary of Wayland history.
American Cancer Society
Auburndale Community Charitable Foundation
Dudley Pond Association
Earth Day Fund
Friends of Wayland Library
Friends of Wayland Youth
Lincoln Sudbury Regional School Fund
Manitou Camp Foundation
Parmenter Health Center
Town of Wayland
Troop One Cochituate
Vereran’s Memorial Fund
Wayland 375th Committee
Wayland Community Fund
Wayland Community Pool
Wayland Council on Aging
Wayland High School
Wayland High School Scholarship
Wayland Historical Society
Wayland Public Schools
Wayland Veteran’s Book of Remembrances
Wayland Youth Social Workers