Who it Helps

Proceeds from the Cape Ann License Plate go back to non-profit and educational organizations in the four Cape Ann communities (Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport) to support Promotion of the Cape Ann region, Economic Development, Training & Education.

2019 Grant Recipients

The Board of Directors of the Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF) recently announced that they have awarded grants totaling $15,000 to six Cape Ann area non-profit organizations. Grants ranging from $2,000 to $3,000, funded through the proceeds of Cape Ann license plate sales and renewals, were presented to the following organizations:

  • $2,000 to Cape Ann Art Haven, to support their project entitled “Art Onsite – Cape Ann Art Haven Brings It”, delivering onsite art programs to low income Cape Ann elementary school students
  • $3,000 to The Sunrise Fund, to support their program entitled “Hope for a New Day”, providing scholarships for addiction treatment and sober living.
  • $3,000 to the Education Foundation for Rockport, to support their project entitled “Reach for the Stars! A Community Observatory for Rockport”
  • $3,000 to Generous Gardeners, in support of their project for the renovation of Elizabeth Gordon Smith Park on Stacy Boulevard
  • $2,000 to Pathways for Children, Inc., for their project entitled “Enrichment Activities for Students”, including field trips, arts education, literacy and STEM programs for low income Cape Ann students
  • $2,000 to Windhover Performing Arts Center in support of Windhover’s Mini Modern Dance Festival: Summer 2019, including Quarry Dance VIII and Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company, offering free performances, master classes and open rehearsals.

2018 Grant Recipients

The Directors of the Cape Ann Community Foundation have presented grant checks to six Cape Ann area non-profit organizations at special ceremonies scheduled the end of June. Checks ranging for $1,000 to $3,000, funded through the proceeds of Cape Ann license plate, were delivered to the following organizations.

  • On June 18 a check for $3,000 was presented to Project Adventure to support their project, in partnership with Schooner Adventure, entitled “Adventure Leadership Lab” for Cape Ann high school sophomores and juniors. The ceremony took place alongside Schooner Adventure at the ship’s berth located at the Maritime Gloucester docks.
  • On June 21 a check for $3,000 was presented to the Manchester Essex Regional High School Green Team to support the development of their three season gardening system. The ceremony took place at the high school garden.
  • On June 23 a check for $3,000 was presented to Rockport Exchange in support of their community food programming project. The ceremony took place at the season’s first Rockport Farmers Market in Harvey Park located in downtown Rockport.
  • On June 25 a check for $1,000 was presented to Cape Ann Art Haven to support their summer art programs for Cape Ann middle and high school students. The ceremony was held at Art Haven’s studios on Main Street in Gloucester.
  • Also on June 25, checks were presented for $1,000 to Sawyer Free Library to support their project to create a grant resource hub for Cape Ann area non-profits
    (ceremony took place in the library), and to The Open Door to support Maridee’s community nutrition workshops for Cape Ann area seniors (ceremony took place at Open Door’s headquarters in Gloucester).

We congratulate the six successful grant applicants and we are eager to see these great projects move forward with this boost from the foundation. We also urge all Cape Ann residents and visitors to buy the Cape Ann License Plate, to ensure that we will have ample funds to support more of these worthy initiatives, said CACF Board President Ruth Pino.

2017 Grant Recipients

  • $3,500 to Action Inc. for their project entitled “Healthcare Career Pathways”
  • $5,000 to Backyard Growers for their project entitled “Backyard Growers Farm to School”
  • $3,500 to Cape Ann Farmers Market for “Fresh Food Access and Supporting Local Business”

Cape Ann Farmers Market

Backyard Growers

Action Inc.