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Student Clubs & Activities grants are designed to support school-based programs and student activities that engage students beyond the regular school day. Projects funded under this grant include before- and after-school clubs, student organizations/groups, and extracurricular/co-curricular activities. 

Each year, the Foundation anticipates funding up to $100,000 in Student Clubs & Activities grants.

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For more information, contact our Grant Writer & Manager at 880-3708 or

 Eligible Applicants:

APS K-12 schools and APS Departments are eligible to apply, which includes teachers, educational assistants, librarians, counselors, social workers, and other school personnel. Applicants may apply as individuals or as part of a group.

All applicants must certify that the principal/immediate supervisor is aware of the proposal and supports the application. Grants will not be funded without the support of school administration.

Only APS employees may submit applications. APS traditional and magnet schools are eligible to apply. 

Eligible Proposals:

Proposals must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be clearly aligned with the award's focus and district's priorities. Co-curricular and extracurricular activities must be designed to supplement the school curriculum and promote entertainment, character, participation, and leadership.
  • Build on student engagement, academic experiences, and positive student outcomes.
  • Have clearly defined goals and measurable outcomes to determine the success of the project.
  • Have a realistic budget and use the award to cover teacher stipends, purchased services and/or supplies and materials within the proposed activity.
  • Does not include requests for facilities needs within budget.
  • Demonstrate an effort to raise funds through other sources in an effort to sustain the proposed student club or activity.

Recent Award Winners:

Amount Funded  School/Department Name Student Organization/Club/Activity 
 $2,990 Tres Volcanes Community Collaborative Robotics/Maker Club
 $570 Del Norte High Spanish National Honor Society
 $1,575 Garfield STEM Magnet Middle Online Art with Mr. Mark
 $3,000 eCADEMY Magnet  Maker's Space Club
 $8,080 Albuquerque High BLISS (Bettering Lives in Small Steps)
 $3,750 La Cueva High Girls who code
 $7,500 College and Career Magnet  New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth 2021
 $5,048 Eldorado High DECA SBE
 $2,000 eCADEMY Magnet  Book Club/ Battle of the Books
 $2,000 Atrisco Heritage Academy  AHA Plein Air Painting Society
 $1,500 Cleveland Middle New Mexico ELA Expo Colt's Consortium 
 $6,000 Career Enrichment Center & Early College Academy Magnet  Yearbook Class 

Grant Term:

Student Clubs & Activities grants are available twice per academic year, during Fall and Spring cycles.  If funded, schools/departments must be prepared to implement the project (staff availability, activities in place) upon receiving an award.

All grants are for one year and do not imply a commitment to additional funding.

Grant Amount:

APS schools and departments may apply up to $10,000 in funding. Please note: funding is limited and large grants will be rare.

Selection Process and Criteria:

All grant applications are reviewed by a selection committee of APSEF Board members and community volunteers. 

The Student Clubs & Activities application utilizes a “blind” review process, meaning grant applications are ranked and reviewed without identifying the school.  Applicants who use identifying names in the narrative may be disqualified.

Primary consideration will be given to proposals that:

    • Impact the maximum number of students
    • Include a creative and innovative teaching/learning approach
    • Can be modeled for future programs and learning

Reporting Requirements:

Grant winners are required to report on project outcomes at the end of the grant period. Final reports must be submitted to the APS Education Foundation. Grant winners may be ineligible for future funding if this report is not received.


Grant winners should also be willing to host site visits, provide success stories, and assist the Foundation with promotional activities.

Before applying, review the Grant Evaluation Report (PDF)

Other Considerations:

Agreements or partnerships with outside agencies/nonprofit groups should have the approval of APS administration prior to submitting an application. Funding will go to the school, and NOT directly to an external partner.

Projects funded through Student Clubs & Activities are school-specific. If a teacher changes schools and/or if the school is not able to implement the program, all funds must be returned to the APS Education Foundation.

Grant Writing Tips:

For grant applications that include requests with technology, we strongly recommend filling out and submitting the APS Education Foundation Technology Funding Request Survey.  You must be logged into your APS Google account using your APS credentials to access the survey.

Deadline to Apply:

Spring 2021 grant applications are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 19, 2021, at 5:00 pm (MT).

APS Education Foundation will notify all applicants of the outcome by March 15, 2021. Grant Winners will be invited to attend a virtual Grant Orientation on March 19, 2021


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