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Grant Awards

In 2021, CAEF proudly awarded more than $22,000 in grants to 19 programs, such as: 

  • Balance Balls – incorporating balance balls to promote health, wellness and sensory focus in the classroom.

  • Busy Bins – creating activity bins for Kids Club sites, focusing on Social-Emotional Learning, STEM and Creative Arts.

  • Career and Technical College Fair - exploring a variety of education and career options that differ from the traditional four-year college path.

  • CMS Spring Online Theater Production – providing onstage theater opportunities to students and promoting the performing arts in our community.

  • Community School Supplies - providing 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.

  • 6C Project – create awareness and understanding of multiple cultures through videos and creativity contests, among middle school students.

  • Cultural Diversity Classroom Library – creating a classroom library used to explore and start conversations about the people and cultures around us.

  • Decodable Readers – structured literacy publications for new readers.

  • Flexible Seating - creating classroom environments that address social-emotional needs and improving student achievement through unique seating.

  • Gearing Up for PreSchool & Kindergarten – providing a summer readiness program for at-risk students whose early schooling was impacted by the pandemic.

  • Healthy Eating to Improve Your Mental Health – teaching at-risk students to improve their mental health by growing and eating healthy foods.

  • Journey Garden – constructing a legacy garden at the high school, providing Journey students lessons in construction, work ethic, teamwork, as well as tending and marketing the garden to the community to become a self-funding project to continue the program for future students.

  • Middle School Makers—offering an extension of the current STEM, a Middle School Makers program, after school for middle school students.

  • Music in the ECFE/PreSchool Classes – introducing musical instruments to enhance young children’s educational needs.

  • Operation No Limits— helping 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.

  • Projection Microscope – allowing science students to get a closer look at the natural world around them, and incorporating the SmartBoard technology.

  • Prom Serving DCD Students – offering a special event with modifications necessary for students with physical, cognitive or emotional needs.

  • Sensory Hallways – creating sensory movement paths in an elementary school hallway to improve cognitive function and self-regulation.

  • Summer Fun Enrichment - a summertime reading and learning enrichment program in the Centennial Community.

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.