Guhl Literacy Awards

Guhl Literacy Award

The Guhl Trust has made it possible for school leaders to apply for a Guhl Literacy Award to improve literacy at the PK – 5 level. Guhl Literacy Awards are intended to fund programs or projects with the potential to serve large numbers of students and to improve the literacy of students in a measurable way. The APS Education Foundation envisions its grant programs as an opportunity to pilot new, innovative or promising programs in the district and seeks applications which reflect that vision.

For more information contact APS Grant Writer at (505) 880-3708 or

In 2017-18, the APS Education Foundation awarded funding to 5 projects:  Helen Cordero Primary School for a student and parent book publishing program, Kit Carson Elementary for a reading club, Wherry Elementary to develop a K-5 Leveled book room, Adobe Acres Elementary supporting a culture through literature program and Whittier Elementary to create a Word Gen project.  In 2016-2017, Guhl awards were helping Collet Park to integrate 4H into the curriculum and Coronado to start a school publication, La Prensa.

In the 2018-19 school year, the APS Education Foundation anticipates making one or more Guhl Literacy Awards. The ultimate goal is to create a project – or continue a project – that advances early literacy in a measurable way.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants are school principals or members of the school’s administrative team. If the applicant is not the principal, the applicant must certify that the principal has read the proposal, including the budget, and supports the application. A Guhl Literacy Award will not be funded without the full support of school administration. Only APS employees may submit applications. Elementary schools or coalitions of elementary schools who can put forward an innovative plan for advancing early literacy are ideal applicants.

Eligible Proposals:

- 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.
- Use measurable outcomes to determine the success of the project.
- Be well conceived and clearly written.
- Represent a good fiscal investment for the APS Education Foundation and its donor community.

Grant Term:

Guhl Literacy Awards may be for one year or two years, depending on the proposal. All funds must be spent by the deadline or the grantee must request an extension. The funding must be spent on the project described in the proposal or returned to the Foundation.

Grant Amount:

Applicants for Guhl Literacy Awards should propose a project budget of between $15,000 and $35,000.

Reporting Requirements:

Guhl Literacy Award recipients will be required to provide a detailed report on what worked, what didn’t and whether the goals of the project were achieved at the end of each year of funding. Grantees 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 nonprofit groups should have the approval of APS administration. Funding will go to the school, and NOT directly to a partner nonprofit.
- Any budget for stipends or salaries must agree with existing APS salary schedules and labor agreements. Don’t forget to budget for benefits.
- No out-of-state travel will be funded.

Grant Writing Tips:

- Focus on the impact on your idea on students.  The project should be the means to changing something in students’ school experience in a positive way.
- Proposals should focus on a specific need at a school linked to academic results, truancy, school attendance, school climate or another issue. Keep in mind that 74% of APS schools are Title I high-poverty schools so this is not a unique need.
- Grant applications will be read by non-educators so avoid educational jargon and acronyms.  It is beneficial to provide background information on programs, curriculum being used and general information that may not be known by non-educators.
- Be clear about how this project can be funded in the future after APS Education Foundation support has ended. Document other sources of funding such as PTA funding or the school’s operational budget.
 - 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:

April 12, 20019 at 5pm MST


Grant Writer & Manager
Tel: (505) 880-3708

Shannon Barnhill, Executive Director                                                 
Tel: (505) 878-6165