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Guhl Literacy Awards

Through the Guhl Trust, the APS Education Foundation provides the opportunity for elementary school leaders to apply for a Guhl Literacy Award. This award is designed to improve literacy at the PreK – 5 level, supporting literacy programs or projects with the potential to have high impact on a large number of students.

The APS Education Foundation envisions its grant programs as an opportunity to pilot new, innovative or promising early learning initiatives in the district. The Guhl Literacy Award advances early literacy in a measurable way, meeting the district's goal.

For more information contact APS Grant Writer at (505) 880-3708 or APSGrantWriter@aps.ed

The Foundation anticipates awarding one or more Guhl Literacy Awards, totaling $100,000.

Eligible Applicants:

APS PreK  5 school principals and APS Departments working with elementary school programs or collaborations of elementary schools are eligible to apply. Members of an APS elementary school’s administrative team, which includes the assistant principal, may also submit an application. If the applicant is not the principal, the applicant must certify that the principal has read the proposal and supports the full application, including project budget. A Guhl Literacy Award will not be funded without the full support of school administration.

Only APS employees may submit applications. Only one application per school will be accepted. APS traditional and magnet schools are eligible to apply. 

Eligible Proposals:

Proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Serve an entire school or a large percentage of students, such as a grade level or department.
  • Focus on meeting the needs of and improving early literacy outcomes for students and clearly aligned with district's priorities. 
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate an effort to raise funds through other sources in effort to sustain the proposed project.

Previous Award Winners:

  • Alamosa Elementary School, Spreading The Seed of Love for Reading Project-to build a English and Spanish early childhood literature collection.
  • Adobe Acres Elementary School, Celebrando Cultura con Literatura; Celebrating Culture through Literature project- to support a school wide reading buddies program, grade level author and genre studies, and a kids as authors publication.
  • McCollum Elementary School, Building Literacy Using Technology for our 5th Grade Classrooms project-to incorporate digital literacy into Special Education and General Education classrooms.
  • Hawthorne Elementary School, Words in Virtual Motion project-to provide rich language experiences and lead virtual field trips in classrooms using virtual reality (VR).
  • Comanche Elementary School, Making Non-Fiction Accessible to All project-to purchase Playaway Launchpad learning tablets, pre-loaded with various science, social studies and math text, for students to access and check out from school library.

Grant Term:

Guhl Literacy Awards may be for up to two years. Awarded schools/departments must be prepared to implement project (staff availability, activities in place) upon receiving funding. All funds must be spent by end of the grant period. Grant winners may request an extension. If grant funds cannot be spent within the grant period as approved, funds must be returned to the Foundation.

Grant Amount:

APS elementary schools and eligible APS Departments may apply between $15,000 and $35,000.

Selection Process and Criteria:

All grant applications are reviewed by a selection committee of APSEF Board members. Applicants must be prepared to make a presentation to the selection committee should application be selected as a finalist.

Reporting Requirements:

Guhl Literacy 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 application. Funding will go to the school, and NOT directly to an external partner.

Projects funded through the Guhl Literacy 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 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:

2019 Fall Cycle opens August 12, 2019 and will close on September 10, 2019 at 5pm MST.

If your grant application is selected as a finalist, a 10 minute presentation on  will be required in September 2019.

The APS Education Foundation will notify all applicants of the outcome mid-October.


Grant Writer & Manager