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Circle Pines, MN 55014



CAEF is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation.

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Grant Applications

  • CAEF accepts grant requests from January 15th through February 28th, via the Grant Request Form, available on our website.

  • Individuals or groups applying to receive funding from the Centennial Area Education Foundation must provide benefits to the Centennial School District Community.

  • Grant Requesters will be notified by email or mail (when email is not available).  Funding for projects will not be available before April.

  • Requests consistent with the Foundation’s mission and focus areas will be considered for funding. The Board of Directors’ very strong preference is to encourage multiple sources of funding of activities and programs when available—not just from CAEF.

  • Programs and activities should generally supplement and enhance experiences within the Centennial School District community, not replace what is or should be provided by the District as part of its normal budgeting process.

  • The Grant Review Committee will review and evaluate grant requests and the CAEF Board will make final approval decisions.  Decisions are made based upon criteria established by the Board and available funds.

  • CAEF does not generally support transportation, food, salaries, or capital asset purchases within our grant awards, because they are outside of the foundation’s scope and mission. Feel free to inquire if you have any specific questions.

Grant Recipients

  • Individuals and groups receiving financial support from the Foundation are expected to provide a completed Post-Grant Evaluation Form, available on our website, to the Board of Directors at the conclusion of the activity or project. 

  • Foundation policy and Internal Revenue Service regulations require that funds be returned to the Foundation for activities that are not completed.

  • The funds must be used within 12 months of award.

  • Recipients of the CAEF Annual Grant process may not apply for Power of Centennial (POC) grants, for the same project or program, and visa versa.

  • Publications and/or communications related to the funded project must list CAEF as a sponsoring organization.

  • Recipients must agree that CAEF can communicate or publicize the Grantee as a recipient, the purposes of the grant, and the intended benefits derived from the grant.  If requested, Grantee will also make a presentation to the CAEF Board.

Grant Awards

In 2019, CAEF proudly awarded more than $17,000 in grants to the following programs:

  • Empowering Young Women—for Centennial High School junior and senior girls, providing strategies to be strong, safe and responsible in their communications while dating

  • High School Peer Leaders—a program to teach 9th through 11th grade students skills to function as peer leaders and serve as role models and assist younger students with many activities throughout the school year

  • Operations No Limits—a program that helps kids in the Pines School and Juvenile Center learn life, social and technical skills while serving the community through projects such as landscaping, gardening and painting

  • Summer Fun—a summertime learning and enrichment program in the Centennial Community

  • Rotary Youth Exchange Program—sponsorship of an in-bound exchange student breaking barriers and encouraging cultural exchange

  • Centennial Powerpack Program—providing non-perishable food on weekends and extended school breaks to students in all nine schools located in the Centennial District

  • Early Intervention—serving the districts youngest learners. Early Childhood Special Education hopes to help young students with speech early on by leveraging the “Blast off Board”  

  • Centennial Elementary Documentation Program—providing document cameras which allow teachers to showcase work allowing students to learn through visual modeling and kinesthetic activities

  • American Legion Girls State—a week long program that teaches a select group of young women from all over the state between junior and senior year about government, politics, good citizenship and volunteerism in a living environment

  • Personal Finance Foundations—promoting independence for the students of the Developmentally and Cognitively Delayed program by providing foundations in personal finance coursework

  • Community School Supplies—providing the community backpacks and school supplies to local students in need so they can begin the school year equipped to learn on equal footing with their peers

  • Screenagers—Centennial Middle School will host a screening of the documentary Screenagers, open to the entire community. The documentary reveals how tech impacts kid’s development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids best to navigate the digital world and find balance

  • Club Y and Teen Force at Centennial Square—a partnership to expand the after-school programming for youth ages 5-18. Offering support for homework, reading, and enrichment activities such as fitness, arts and technology

  • Flexible Classroom Seating—aims to create classroom environments that address social-emotional needs of gifted learners through unique seating solutions

  • Special Needs Prom—in partnership with the junior/senior class committees and peer leaders, hosting a daytime prom event for the Special Education students

  • Centennial Dyslexia Connection—monthly meetings for a safe space for children and with Dyslexia and their families to gather, share and provide resources

  • Middle School Makers—offering an extension of the current STEM, a Middle School Makers program for three nights a week to middle school students

  • Measuring Physics in (almost) Real Life—leveraging Pivot Interactives program which provides a customizable video learning platform for Centennial Students

  • Centennial High School Science Olympiad—competition with other schools in a variety of science and engineering related activities which promotes participation, spirit and excellence in STEM learning in a fun and safe environment