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Through the Guhl Trust, Guhl Early Literacy is designed to improve literacy at the PreK – 5 level. This grant supports elementary-level literacy programs or projects with the potential to have a 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, and advance early literacy in a measurable way.

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

Each year, the Foundation anticipates funding up to $100,000 in Guhl Early Literacy grants.

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 the project budget.

Guhl Early LIteracy grants 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 elementary school or a large percentage of elementary 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 the 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 an effort to sustain the proposed project.
Recent Award Winners:
SchoolProject TitleGrant Amount
Apache Elementary One School One Book: Using Early Literacy to Stomp Out Bullying At Apache $15,000.00

Grant Term:

Guhl Early Literacy grants may be for up to two years. Schools or departments must be prepared to implement the project (staff availability, activities in place) upon receiving funding. 

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 an 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. All funds must be spent by the 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.


Award winners should also be willing to host site visits, provide success stories, and assist the Foundation with promotional activities.

Before applying, Review the Grant Evaluation Report (PDF)

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 Guhl Early Literacy 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 Fall Cycle is currently closed. Please check back at a later date for updated grant cycle information.

If your grant application is selected as a finalist, a 10-minute presentation will be required.


Grant Writer & Manager