CAPE grants provide funding for the development of innovative and enriching educational projects within the existing goals and curriculum of the Canton Public Schools.
Over the last decade, CAPE has provided almost $300,000 in grants to support nearly 100 unique projects.
About Grants | Grant Application | Grant Reimbursement | Grants Awarded
What does CAPE Support?
CAPE encourages applications that impact classroom experiences, but will consider support for extracurricular activities. Requests for the purchase of equipment such as laptop computers must demonstrate that the equipment is essential to the project, will be used in unique and innovative ways, and that existing equipment is fully utilized. CAPE will not fund projects and materials which are normally the responsibility of the School Department, nor will it fund items typically funded by CAPT (Canton Association of Parents and Teachers) such as playground materials. Commitments by a CAPT or other funding source to provide partial funding for a project that may exceed the resources of CAPE are strongly encouraged.
How do CAPE grants work?
Grants will begin upon approval (by March 2020) and must be completed no later than December 31, 2020. Grant Application due date is Friday, January 31, 2020.
How much is given?
The number of grants and dollar amount for each grant is determined by the CAPE Board of Directors based on the success of fundraising activities each year.
Need more information?
Applicants who have questions or need assistance are encouraged to contact CAPE directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant Recipient Testimonials
Elementary school music teachers and students were thrilled to have new drums to play! Thanks to funds from our 2017-2018 CAPE grant, we were able to purchase a full class set of hand drums for each elementary school, along with several new tubano drums to replace those in a state of disrepair. Students began using the drums when they arrived in the spring, and will continue doing so for many years to come!
With the drums that CAPE has funded over the last two years, more students are able to drum in music classes at the same time. The new drums sound much better than the older drums they replaced, which helps the students to take pride in their work in music class. Students have really enjoyed using the new drums and exploring different sounds that they can make with them. Thank you CAPE for your generosity in supporting Canton’s young musicians!
- Sarah Joncas, Music Teacher (Dean S. Luce Elementary School)
I want to thank CAPE again for funding our Stress Free Finals Zone. It was a hit! Each day students could relax outside while playing games (giant Jenga and giant Connect Four were favorites), coloring, listening to music or playing chess and other board games. Wednesday was the highlight when on top of all of the games we had the petting zoo. Farm Visits brought in tons of bunnies, silkie hens, ducks, a pot belly pig (who would roll over when his belly was rubbed) and a baby goat who, adorably, wore a diaper. For three hours our students smiled and snuggled animals. One student remarked that if she just could bring the bunny to her final she "know I would get a 100%!" I can't stress enough how meaningful this event was for our kids and adults in the building. One parent emailed me this morning to tell me that they will be getting their daughter a bunny as a surprise after hearing her rave about how great she felt spending the morning with one of the bunnies at school. Attached are a whole bunch of pictures...I just couldn't pick!
Thank you again!
- Stephanie Shapiro (Guidance Counselor, Canton High School)
I received a grant from CAPE about 8 years ago for $800. I bought electronic hand held spellers/thesauruses. My current 5th graders are still using these devices for writing and vocabulary lessons. They are a very useful resource in our classroom.
- Bridget Wade (Grade 5, Dean S. Luce Elementary School)
The generosity of CAPE has meant a great deal to the GMS math and science departments. As a result of the funds provided in the CAPE grant last fall. We were able to begin our Lego Robotics program after school. This is very exciting because it is the part of our vision of STEM (integration of science, technology, engineering, and math)as an integral part of the Canton educational experience. The robotics program not only supports academics, but also excites students with the possibilities STEM provides and sparks interest in STEM careers. As a result of the success of this program, a move to continue robotics at CHS is in the works. Thank you so much for enriching the learning experiences of the children of Canton.
- Nancy Dobbins (Galvin Middle School)
Testimonials from the 2017 Bulldog Bistro Grant
We love that the grant helped out in our Special Education program and reaching out to every student.
When asked how the Bulldog Bistro makes a difference in his life, said: “It is my favorite day of the week!”
CHS added that the CAPE grant is addressing the needs of all students and “...the most impact(ful) and lasting is that it is not just a speaker, not just a club...it is a vehicle for kids to learn skills to carry over in life.
- Shanna Belenky (Student Services Coordinator, CHS)