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APS Education Foundation Grant Programs

The Foundation's annual grant programs have grown significantly since we launched the Horizons Campaign in 2009. Where we once funded only mini-grants in STEM, Literacy and Math, our efforts have grown to include clubs and activities, and most recently, larger grants for school-wide projects. In 2016-2017, we plan to award nearly a half a million dollars to the schools, classrooms and programs of Albuquerque Public Schools.

Horizon Awards - Apply Now!

APS employees may apply for a Horizon Award, a competitive grant of between $1,500 for a single classroom and $5,000 for a team including multiple classrooms. Proposals are welcomed from elementary, middle and high schools in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Fine Arts and Literacy. Key criteria include the number of students to be served and both the impact and innovation of the proposal. Horizon is a “blind” grant, meaning submissions are judged by members of the Foundation Board and other community members without identifying the school or teacher. Requests for proposals for the 2016-2017 cycle will open Tuesday, September 6 and conclude Wednesday, October 5 at 5:00pm MST. Please note that there will be only one cycle of Horizon grants in 2016-2017. Learn more about Horizon Awards here.

Achieve Awards - Apply Now!

APS employees may apply for an Achieve Award, a competitive grant supporting clubs and student activities at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Proposals can be for any amount between $250 and $10,000, although please note that funding is limited and large grants will be rare. Key criteria include the number of students to be served and the potential of the project to support student engagement through clubs and extracurricular activities. Requests for proposals for the fall 2016 cycle will open Tuesday, September 6 and conclude Wednesday, October 5 at 5:00pm MST. Please note that there will be two cycles of Achieve Awards in 2016-2017. The spring cycle will take place between January 11, 2017 and February 15, 2017. Learn more about Achieve Awards here.

Walmart Blue Sky Awards - Currently Closed

APS principals at the middle school level may apply for a Walmart Blue Sky Award of up to $15,000 to fund a effort improve school climate, impact student engagement or improve academic achievement. Projects designed to ease student transition into middle school or prepare them for high school are also welcome. Online applications are accepted in April and May.

Success Awards - Currently Closed

APS principals at the elementary, middle or high school level or department-level directors may apply for a Success Award to support innovative school-level proposals designed to advance student achievement. The APS Education Foundation plans to make two awards of $25,000 each, with the understanding that projects can be implemented over the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years. Key criteria include the number of students to be served and the potential of the project to support student academic achievement. Requests for proposals for the fall 2016 cycle will open Monday, August 1 and conclude Tuesday, September 6 at 5:00pm MST. Learn more about Success Awards here.

Guhl Literacy Awards - Currently Closed

APS principals at the elementary level may apply for a Guhl Literacy Award to support innovative school-level proposals designed to advance student literacy. The APS Education Foundation will make two awards of $50,000 each, with the understanding that projects can be implemented over the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years. Key criteria include the innovation of the project and the potential of the project to improve student in literacy, including student bilingual literacy. Requests for proposals for the fall 2016 cycle will open Monday, August 1 and conclude Tuesday, September 6 at 5:00pm MST. Learn more about Guhl Literacy Awards here.

Varsity Awards - Currently Closed

Varsity Awards are directed by the APS Education Foundation's student board members to address a student-informed need. In 2016-2017, the Varsity Awards will make a $23,000 grant to the AVID program for college visits.

Excellence Awards

Have an urgent need that doesn't fit into any of these grant programs? The Foundation's Board of Directors sets aside money each year to handle requests that may not fit into one of these existing awards or occur outside our granting windows. To ask about whether your need might qualify, please contact Executive Director Phill Casuas at (505) 878-6165.

For more information about these grant programs, please contact Grant Writer & Manager Lori Webster at (505) 880-3708 or lori.webster@aps.edu.

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