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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.

Previous Award Winners:

School Project Title Grant 
Albuquerque High Crafty "Dawgs" $800.00
Atrisco Heritage Academy  AHA AVID $6,614.51
Atrisco Heritage Academy  National Honor Society and AP Environmental Science $1,200.00
Atrisco Heritage Academy  AHA Special Olympics $2,000.00
Bellehaven Elementary Kickball Club $1,250.00
College and Career Magnet  Frontline Youth Leaders $800.00
College and Career Magnet  School Delegation for NM Diversity Conference for Youth $200.00
Del Norte High Educators Rising $700.00
Del Norte High National Art Honor Society/ Mural Club $1,000.00
Desert Ridge Middle DJ Club $1,138.00
Hayes Dual Language Magnet Middle Band and Orchestra $3,450.00
Highland High Highland Complex Activities $1,740.00
Highland High Highland Hornets Band $980.00
Highland High Outdoor Adventure Club $6,800.00
Highland High Performing Arts Center/Drama Club $2,402.91
Inez Elementary Photography Through the Eyes of a Child $1,062.50
Lew Wallace Elementary Surf and Turf:  It's About Your Habitattitude! $1,500.00
New Futures High LapTime Reading Club $2,000.00
Sandia High The Sage: A Student Literary Magazine $1,489.00
Ventana Ranch Elementary Unlocking the Future Through Engineering and Design $4,269.00

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:

The 2020 Fall Cycle will open on Tuesday, September 8, and close on Tuesday, October 6 at 5:00 pm.

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