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APS Education Foundation Grants and Scholarships

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APS Education Foundation Grant Programs

Our grant awards have grown significantly since the Horizons Campaign was launched in 2010. Where we once funded only small grants in STEM, Literacy and Math, our efforts have grown to include small and large impact grants in various focus areas.  Each year we directly fund the programs and projects developed by the educators of Albuquerque Public Schools.

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

If you are applying for a grant this fall and have questions, please join us for virtual office hours on Zoom!  Click on the link below to access the meeting at the designated time.
September 24, 2021, 3pm to 4pm
October 1, 2021, 3pm to 4pm


Apply for an Achieve AwardStudent Clubs & Activities

Award Amount: $250 - $10,000

A competitive grant supporting school-sponsored clubs, student organizations, and activities throughout the district.

Apply for a Horizon AwardClassroom & Grade-Level Learning

Award Amount: $1,500 - $5,000

Classroom grants in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Fine Arts and Literacy, ranging from $1,500 for a single classroom and $5,000 for a team of multiple classrooms. 

Apply for a Guhl Literacy AwardGuhl Early Literacy 

Award Amount: $15,000 - $35,000

Together with the Guhl Trust, this award provides funding to create or expand elementary (PreK-5) literacy programs throughout the entire school. 

Apply for a Success AwardSchoolwide Impact

Award Amount: $10,000 - $25,000

Funding for innovative practices impacting student learning and engagement across the entire school and/or grade levels.  

Apply for a T.I.G. (Transformative Idea Grant)School Climate Transformative Idea Grant (TIG) 

Award Amount: Up to $5,000

Made possible by Technology Integration Group, this grant is dedicated to supporting programs that enhance school climate, increase student, staff and family engagement and promote social emotional learning.

Apply for a Pepsi AwardPepsi Student Competitions

Award Amount: Up to $10,000

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. 

Varsity Awards

Initiatives directed by the APS Education Foundation's student board members to address a student-informed need.  No applications are accepted for this award. Learn more about Varsity Awards here.

Discretionary Awards

The intent of discretionary funding is to address immediate or emergency needs. Funds are limited and are subject to an annual budget overseen by the Foundation Board of Directors. Submissions are limited to comprehensive APS departments, elementary, middle, and high schools. Schools of choice serving students in grades K-12 are eligible to apply. To request an application, please contact the APS Education Foundation. 

Paul Davis Restoration of NM Teacher Scholarship apply paul davis scholarship

An effort from the APS Education Foundation and Paul Davis Restoration of NM dedicated to supporting teachers who need reimbursement for the loss of personal teaching supplies that might have been damaged/destroyed by water, mold, or other unexpected perils in the classroom. Learn more about the Scholarship here.

Nusenda Credit Union Educational Scholarship 

Nusenda Credit Union is proud to support the Albuquerque Public Schools Educational Assistants (EA) Scholarship. This scholarship is focused on assisting EA’s who are seeking teacher certification through a higher education plan. The scholarship is to provide funding to EA’s who typically do not qualify for the state-funded program during their student teaching. Learn more about the Scholarship here.

Evaluation Report

If you are a recipient of an APS Education Foundation Award, a grant evaluation report is due annually and/or at the end of the grant period on May 31st of each year.  The evaluations allow the Foundation to collect critical program data and also report on the impact of the programs to donors.

Grant Funding Process Map

To learn more about the Foundation's grant process, please view our step-by-step guide (PDF).

For more information about these grant programs, please contact Lawren McConnell, Grants Manager at (505) 880-3708 or lawren.mcconnell@aps.edu.