About the Foundation

About the Foundation


The primary purpose of the corporation shall be to enhance the economic environment and overall quality of life of the Cape Ann region and the four Cape Ann communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport.


The Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in 2015 by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce to manage and award grants from the proceeds from sales of the Cape Ann License Plate.  Since its inception, the CACF has awarded nearly 50 grants for projects supporting, enriching, and celebrating a robust series of non-profit educational, social service, recreational, and economic initiatives throughout the communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport, Massachusetts. In 2023, the Foundation achieved a significant milestone by awarding grants totaling over $100,000 altogether since 2015.


The CACF oversees the special Cape Ann License Plate (CALP) as part of a fundraising plan that supports the awarding of annual grants to local organizations making active contributions to enhancing the local community and engaging residents. By encouraging local non-profits and educational initiatives to thrive, the CACF serves as a true community partner by investing in the future health, growth, and development of Cape Ann.

Each year, low-number license plates are sold in an The Low-Number Cape Ann License Plate Online Auction where the foundations offers available plates to the highest bidders. As of 2024, a new offering will be available during auction—the opportunity to secure a 3 or 4 number license plate of the donors choosing. Should the requested number be available, a $500 donation will be required.