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Horizon Awards

Horizon Application LogoThe APS Education Foundation’s Horizon Awards support teachers and other educational professionals in their efforts to provide innovative, quality educational opportunities to students in Albuquerque Public Schools. Horizon Awards are specifically targeted towards classroom projects that advance student learning in three key areas: STEM, Fine Arts and Literacy. Horizon Awards are granted once a year in the fall. In 2017 - 2018, the APS Education Foundation anticipates awarding up to $100,000 district-wide. The ultimate goal is to support proposals that advance excellence and student achievement within APS.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants are certified, school-based staff members, such as teachers, educational assistants, librarians, counselors, social workers and others. As a part of the application, the applicant must certify that the principal is aware of the proposal and supports the application. A Horizon Award will not be funded without the support of school administration. Only APS employees may submit applications.

Eligible Proposals:

- Can come from elementary, middle or high school staff members.
- Use measurable outcomes to determine the success of the project.
- Be well conceived and clearly written.
- Represent a good fiscal investment for the APSEF Foundation and its donor community.

Grant Term:

Horizon Awards are intended for the 2017-2018 school year. Awardees should be ready to make every effort to spend their grant awards as soon as they are received. If requested, the Foundation will consider requests to carry over funding to the next school year on a limited basis.

Grant Amount:

Applicants for Horizon Awards can propose budgets of up to $1,500 for an individual project targeting a single classroom and budgets of up to $5,000 for a team project targeting multiple classrooms.

Selection Process and Criteria:

Horizon is a “blind” grant, meaning submissions are judged by members of the Foundation Board and other community members without identifying the school. Please ensure that your project description does not identify you or your school. Applicants which use identifying names in the narrative may be disqualified.

The evaluation team will judge Horizon Award applications by the following criteria: impact, innovation and investment.

Impact:Your proposal should clearly identify the number of students your project will serve and the learning students will demonstrate as a result of their participation. What is your academic objective and why is it important? How do you plan to measure student achievement?

Innovation: Your proposal should clearly identify your method of implementation and address why it is new and different. How could it be duplicated within classrooms and schools throughout the district?

Investment: Your proposal should clearly identify why the items in your budget are necessary to completing the project, especially when it comes to technology. It is imperative to demonstrate in your grant application how any requested materials or equipment will improve learning. In short, it’s not sufficient to simply write: “An iPad will allow my students to learn more.” Your proposal must provide details on how APSEF investment can create more engagement and learning in your classroom.

Reporting Requirements:

Horizon Award recipients will be required to provide a detailed report on their grant results, including student achievement, to the APS Education Foundation by May 15, 2018. This report will be shared through the Foundation as the way to measure the overall impact being made district-wide through the Horizon grant program. Grantees will be ineligible for future awards if this report is not received. 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.
- Projects funded through the Horizon Awards are school-specific. If a teacher changes schools before the implementation of the grant, funds must be returned to the APS Education Foundation.
- No out-of-state travel will be funded in 2017-2018.
- All technology should comply with APS requirements. For questions on whether your request can be supported, please contact Jason Johnson at (505) 830-8040.

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.
- 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, if needed. Can support come from the school’s operational budget or a PTA budget? Or is this a one-time purchase that will last multiple years?

Deadline to Apply:

September 25, 2017 at 5pm MST.


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

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