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Guhl Literacy Awards

Guhl Award LogoThe Guhl Trust has made it possible for school leaders to apply for a Guhl Literacy Award to improveliteracy at the PK – 5 level.Guhl Literacy Awards are intended to fund programs or projects with the potential to serve large numbers of students and to improve the literacy of students in a measurable way. The APS Education Foundation envisions its grant programs as an opportunity to pilot new, innovative or promising programs in the district and seeks applications which reflect that vision.

For more information contact Lori Webster at (505) 880-3708 or

In 2015-2016, the APS Education Foundation awarded funding to E.G. Ross Elementary to create a STEAM room and Arroyo del Oso Elementary for a project to help students write and publish their own authentic writing. In 2016-2017 Guhl awards are helping Collet Park to integrate 4H into the curriculum and Coronado to start a school publication.

Guhl Literacy Awards are granted once a year. In 2016 - 2017, the APS Education Foundation anticipates making one or more award each to serve PK – 5 grade students. The ultimate goal is to create a project – or continue a project – that advances early literacy in a measurable way.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants are school principals or members of the school’s administrative team. If the applicant is not the principal, the applicant must certify that the principal has read the proposal, including the budget, and supports the application. A Guhl Literacy Award will not be funded without the full support of school administration. Only APS employees may submit applications, not employees of partner non-profits. Elementary schools or coalitions of elementary schools who can put forward an innovative plan for advancing early literacy are ideal applicants.

Eligible Proposals:

- Serve an entire school or a large percentage of students, such as a grade level or department.
- Focus on meeting the needs of and improving early literacy outcomes for students.
- Use measurable outcomes to determine the success of the project.
- Be well conceived and clearly written.
- Represent a good fiscal investment for the APS Education Foundation and its donor community.

Grant Term:

Guhl Literacy Awards may be for one year (2017-2018) or two years (2017-2018 and 2018-2019), depending on the proposal. All funds must be spent by June 30, 2019 or returned to the Foundation.

Grant Amount:

Applicants for Guhl Literacy Awards should propose a project budget of between $15,000 and $35,000.

Reporting Requirements:

Guhl Literacy Award recipients will be required to provide a detailed report on what worked, what didn’t and whether the goals of the project were achieved at the end of each year of funding. Grantees should also be willing to host site visits, provide success stories and assist the Foundation with promotional activities.

Other Considerations:

- Agreements or partnerships with outside nonprofit groups should have the approval of APS administration. Funding will go to the school, and NOT directly to a partner nonprofit.
- Any budget for stipends or salaries must agree with existing APS salary schedules and labor agreements. Don’t forget to budget for benefits.
- No out-of-state travel will be funded.
- Proposals for large amounts of technology (laptops carts, computer labs or class sets of computers) should consult with Jason Johnson, Executive Director of IT, at or (505) 830-6857 to confirm that your IT infrastructure will support your request and to get an accurate quote for the cost of the technology.

Grant Writing Tips:

- Focus on the impact on your idea on students.  The project should be the means to changing something in students’ school experience in a positive way.
- Proposals should focus on a specific need at a school linked to academic results, truancy, school attendance, school climate or another issue. Keep in mind that 74% of APS schools are Title I high-poverty schools so this is not a unique need.
- Grant applications will be read by non-educators so avoid educational jargon and acronyms.  It is beneficial to provide background information on programs, curriculum being used and general information that may not be known by non-educators.
- Be clear about how this project can be funded in the future after APS Education Foundation support has ended. Document other sources of funding such as PTA funding or the school’s operational budget.

Deadline to Apply:

September 11, 2017 at 5pm MST


Phill Casaus, Executive Director                                                 
Tel: (505) 878-6165                                                                         

Lori Webster, Grant Writer & Manager
Tel: (505) 880-3708

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