CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grants

General Information
Through the generosity of our sponsors, the CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grant Program is able to annually provide grants to new or existing projects that meet the endowment’s and fund’s requirements and would not otherwise be afforded by CAS member schools. In order to ensure the best use of funding, programs must be sustainable through future Board of Education budgets, have a broad and far-reaching impact, and address a need within the school, district, and/or athletic league. Awards made by the CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grant Program may be used to expand existing programs in new and innovative ways, or develop other worthy projects or programs. The intent of the CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grant Program is to provide an opportunity for schools and/or students to expand their educational experiences.

Some examples of activities or programs that may be submitted for consideration include but are not limited to:
• leadership training for student leaders;
• Class Act initiatives
• Mental Health programs
• Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs
• anti-bullying programs;
• leadership workshops for athletic league team captains and/or academic club leaders;
• multi-cultural programs;
• academic competitions;
• programs about self-esteem, nutrition, and/or character development
• school climate initiatives

Funding levels:
• Mini-grants of $1000.00 or less
• Foundation grants of up to $5000.00
• Grants up to $5000.00 over three years with decreasing funds each year

Program Criteria:
• The activity/ program must be educationally sound, stimulating to students and the school and reflect a high level of learning.
• The activity/program must not place undue burdens or obligations on students, their families, teachers or school.
• The activity/program shall not be commercial or sectarian in nature, nor shall it offer propaganda or advertisement for any product, company, or organization.
• The activity/program must not exclude any student because of race, handicap, creed or sex.
• The activity/program must be well planned and organized and must provide for the adequate supervision and welfare of participating students at all times.

Program Restrictions:
The grant does not support the following types of activities:
• contests,
• class or group field trips,
• post-graduation substance free parties,
• direct monetary, equipment, or material donations to community groups by school organizations,
• curriculum related projects which are usually funded by regular school budget.

Level of learning: Does the proposed grant program enrich learning beyond the programs currently in existence today?
Impact: How broad is the program? How many students will it impact? Are there long-term benefits to the school, district, or community at large? Can the program content be duplicated, or can others be trained to deliver the program content?
Innovation: Is the program delivered in new and engaging ways? Does the program create a new pathway for learning? Is the proposed content or delivery creative and exciting? Is the proposed content or delivery creative and engaging?
Need: Has the applicant clearly communicated a need for this project in the community? Does the proposal identify how the need will be addressed?

The application window is typically early to late May. Contact Cherese Odukwe, codukweatcasciacdotorg, for more information.