The Engage Canastota Education Foundation awards grants to teachers for innovative projects that encourage creative teaching methods. Grants may be awarded for experiential learning and/or expanding students’ understanding of the curriculum. The purpose of the Foundation’s grant program is to enrich student learning and enhance the instructional programming in our schools.

Engage Canastota Education Foundation will accept and review for consideration grants that meet the following criteria:

  • Innovative Instructional Grants to be awarded to an individual staff member, or group of educators for creative educational projects and programs.
  • Partnership Grants to be awarded for collaboration with more than one school or an appropriate external partner.

When submitting a grant application for consideration, it should meet one or more of the following Foundation criteria:

  • Serve as an opportunity for enrichment that cannot be funded through the normal school budget

  • Offer the possibility of continued impact for more than one year

  • Offer expanded opportunities for application in other curricula and use by other educators

  • Demonstrate innovative approaches or methodologies

  • Anticipate, encourage, or reflect the expanded use of technology

  • Impact as large a number of students as possible

  • Encourage partnership with other funding sources

  • Is consistent with Canastota Central School District's curriculum and NY State Standards

  • Serve as an effective pilot for possible future programs

Submitting A Grant Application

Funding Not Allowed

The Foundation cannot approve funding for:

  • Faculty/staff salaries and benefits

  • Support of sports teams and equipment

  • General capital improvements

  • Building and grounds operations and maintenance

  • Ongoing transportation expenses

  • Routine purchases of equipment and supplies

  • Administrative and clerical support


All grant applications should be submitted to your building principal. Grant applications will be forwarded to the appropriate district office administrator.


  1. Only persons directly connected with Canastota Central School District may apply for an Engage Canastota Education Foundation grant.

  2. Applications must be submitted on the provided form and should include a detailed description of the budget.

  3. All applications must be submitted by the deadline as posted on the Foundation’s website.

  4. The Foundation will not fund purchases made prior to the grant’s approval.

  5. Grant applications will be reviewed by the Grants Committee and presented to the Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.

  6. A Final Grant Report/Evaluation must be completed and submitted upon project completion.

*Additional guidelines may emerge as the foundation grows.
*Sponsored grants for a specific focus area may be offered and may have alternate guidelines.

*All grants be awarded by the Engage Canastota Education Foundation Board of Directors.
*Grants will be equitably distributed throughout the K-12 Canastota school community