Achieve Awards

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The APS Education Foundation's Achieve Awards are offered twice a year to specifically for submissions on behalf of student activities or after-school clubs at the elementary, middle and high school level. The purpose of the Achieve Awards are to help support clubs and activities, which engage students beyond the regular school day. In 2018-19, the APS Education Foundation’s anticipates funding up to $100,000 in Achieve Awards.

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

Apply for an Achieve Award

For more information, contact APS Grant Writer at the Foundation at 880-3708

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. An Achieve 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:

Fall Achieve Awards are intended for the 2018-19 school year. Awardees should be ready to make every effort to spend their grant awards as soon as they are received. Spring Achieve Awards are intended for either the spring of the 2018-19 school year or the 2019-20 school year.

Grant Amount:

Submissions of up to $10,000 will be reviewed, though it’s important to note funding is limited and large grants will be rare.

Selection Process and Criteria:

Achieve grant 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 Achieve 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:

Achieve Award recipients will be required to provide a detailed report on their grant results to the APS Education Foundation. This report will be shared through the Foundation as the way to measure the overall impact being made district-wide through the APSEF grant programs. 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 Achieve 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 2018-19.

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

Deadline to Apply:

2018 Fall Cycle is September 24, 2018 at 5pm MST.

2019 Spring Cycle is February 15, 2019 at 5pm MST.


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