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Achieve Awards

The APS Education Foundation (APSEF) Achieve Awards 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 Achieve Awards. 

Apply for an Achieve Award

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

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. Achieve Awards 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:

2019 Fall Cycle
Jimmy Carter Middle JC Magic Club $700.00
eCADEMY Magnet eCademy BlendEd Program $7,920.00
eCADEMY Magnet eSports $3,600.00
James Monroe Middle Raiding Raptors Esports Club $2,240.00
Petroglyph Elementary Vex Robotics IQ Team $2,514.85
Taylor Middle After School Archery Program $3,200.00
Bel-Air Elementary Before/After School Clubs $5,225.00
Cleveland Middle #inspireGR8ness $2,771.85
Double Eagle Elementary Coding with Connective Devices $6,683.90
Eisenhower Middle Five Star Show Choir $3,500.00
Eisenhower Middle Model UN $1,316.29
Hoover Middle The Garden Project $4,014.19
La Cueva High VEX Robotics $5,083.00
Matheson Park Elementary Knitting Club $450.00
Osuna Elementary Tester-rific Club $385.00

Grant Term:

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

All awards 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 Achieve Award is a “blind” grant, meaning grant applications are ranked and reviewed without identifying the school. Please ensure that your project description does not identify you or your 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
Before applying, Review the Grant Evaluation Report (PDF)

Reporting Requirements:

Achieve Award 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. Award winners may be ineligible for future funding if this report is not received.

Award winners 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 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 the Achieve Awards 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 Spring Cycle is currently closed. Please check back at a later date for additional information.

Apply for an Achieve Award


Grant Writer & Manager