APS Education Foundation Grant Programs

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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 2018-19, we plan to award over half a million dollars to the schools, classrooms and programs of Albuquerque Public Schools.

Success Awards

Apply for a Success Award ButtonAPS 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 will accept applications between $10,000 and $25,000. Key criteria include the number of students to be served and the potential of the project to support student academic achievement.  Learn more about Success Awards.

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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 accept applications for projects between $15,000 and $35,000. Key criteria include the innovation of the project and the potential of the project to improve student literacy, including student bilingual literacy.  Learn more about Guhl Literacy Awards.

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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 employee.  Learn more about Horizon Awards here.

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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. The Achieve grant is a “blind” grant, meaning submissions are judged by members of the Foundation Board and other community members without identifying the school or employee.  Learn more about Achieve Awards here.

T.I.G. (Transformative Idea Grant) Awards

The Transformative Idea Grant (The T.I.G.) is an effort from the APS Education Foundation and Technology Integration Group to improve school climate, increase student engagement or improve academic achievement.  Proposals of up to $10,000 will be accepted. In recognition of the timing of this grant, the project should be implemented during the 2019-2020 school year. Key criteria include showing results in keeping students in school, giving them a heightened chance for success in their academic futures, or improve the learning environment for a large number of students.  No technology requests can be a part of this application.  Learn more about the T.I.G. Awards here.

Pepsi Award

APS employees may apply for the Pepsi Award. The Pepsi Fund for Competitions provides financial support to school-based electives, clubs, activities and student groups in need of assistance with unexpected and unbudgeted expenses as part of participating in a national, regional and/or state competition. Our goal is to help reduce costs for students advancing to the regional, state and national level. Up to $10,000 will be funded to help students who have worked hard to reach this honor. Requests for funding are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about the Pepsi Awards here.

Varsity Awards

Varsity Awards are directed by the APS Education Foundation's student board members to address a student-informed need. In 2017-2018, the Varsity Awards made grants to the AVID program for college visits and to the Career Enrichment Center for ACT prep classes. No applications are accepted for this award. Learn more about Varsity Awards here.

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, Shannon Barnhill.

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