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APS Education Foundation Grant Programs

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APS Education Foundation Grant Programs

The APS Education Foundation's annual grant programs have grown significantly since the Horizons Campaign was launched in 2010. Each year we fund over half a million dollars to the schools, classrooms and educators of Albuquerque Public Schools.

Where we once funded only mini-grants in STEM, Literacy and Math, our efforts have grown to include clubs and activities, and most recently, larger grants for school-wide projects.

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

The Foundation grant programs include:

Apply for an Achieve AwardAchieve Awards

Focus Area: Student 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 AwardHorizon Awards

Focus Area: Classroom and 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 Literacy Awards

Focus Area: Early Learning and 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 AwardSuccess Awards

Focus Area: Schoolwide Impact
Award Amount: $10,000 - $25,000

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

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

Focus Area: School Climate
Award Amount: Up to $5,000

An effort from the APS Education Foundation and Technology Integration Group dedicated to supporting programs that enhance school climate, increase student engagement and improve academic achievement.  

Apply for a Pepsi AwardPepsi Awards

Focus Area: 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.

Paul Davis Restoration of NM Teacher 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.

Final Report

If you are a recipient of a APS Education Foundation Award, a grant evaluation report is due at the end of grant period. For all 2019-2020 award winners, the final report deadline is extended to May 2021. Please contact the APSEF Grant Writer and Manager, for more details.

Review the Grant Evaluation Report (PDF)

Grant Winner Announcement
List of Fall 2019 Projects Funded 

For More Information

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 APSEF Grant Writer & Manager at (505) 880-3708 or