How We Fund
The Foundation helps schools, teachers and students in a variety of ways. In 2014-15, the Foundation will expand its grant-making but only in exceptional cases will fund outside a planned submission process.
Potential grants include:
Teachers, principals and educational assistants may apply for Horizon, a competitive award which grants awards of between $1,500 (single classroom) and $5,000 (team approach, including multiple schools). Submission areas are limited to: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), Fine Arts and Literacy. Key criteria includes: Number of students served, impact, innovation. Horizon is a “blind” grant, meaning submissions are judged by members of the Foundation Board and other community members without identifying school markers. Requests for proposals are usually announced in September and February/March, with implementation expected in the ensuing semester.
School principals or department-level directors may submit proposals in a competitive process for up to $20,000. Ideas that promote innovative school-level programs designed to advance student achievement are preferred. Requests for proposals will be announced in December. The awards are judged by members of the Foundation Board.
This grant is geared to augment school-sponsored student activities at the club and after-school level, with the purpose of keeping students engaged and in school. Requests for proposals will go out in the fall and spring, with implementation expected in the ensuing semester. Proposals of up to $10,000 will be considered.
Directed by the Foundation Board of Directors, Varsity grants up to $15,000 for a key student need.
Walmart/Foundation Blue Sky Grant
The objective is to increase engagement in middle schools through a block grant that may help school leaders fund a key need. Submissions are limited to school principals/administrators with preferred ideas including student transition into or out of middle school, or improving the school climate.
Wells Fargo Financial Literacy Grant
Wells Fargo sponsors a fund of up to $12,500 a year to forward the mission of financial literacy in APS high schools. Successful applicants may receive up to $2,500 for their proposals, with the submission cycle in the spring.
TIG Innovation Award
Technology Integration Group funds a monthly award of $1,600 ($1,500 for technology-based purchases; $100 for the awardee’s personal use) to honor and promote the use of technology in APS classrooms. Nominations for the award may be made at: xxxxx. A committee comprised of TIG and APS representatives name the winner.
Pepsi Teacher of the Month
Pepsi funds a monthly award of $100 that goes to the teacher who exemplifies high standards and effectiveness in their school. The school is selected at random, and school leaders select the winner using their own criteria.
New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union Student of the Week
NMEFCU honors a deserving student in APS as the student of the week. The student is featured weekly during the school year in the Albuquerque Journal. Schools are selected at random, and school personnel select a deserving student using their own criteria.
The Horizon Campaign has a demonstrated track record of putting money directly into the classroom, and the spring 2014 cycle will be even more successful.
A grant for Middle and High School Clubs and Activities.