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Classroom & Grade-Level Learning grants are designed to support educators in their efforts to provide innovative, hands-on learning opportunities to APS students.

Classroom & Grade-Level Learning grants are specifically targeted towards projects in three key areas: STEM, Fine Arts, and Literacy.

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Eligible Applicants:

APS K-12 schools and APS Departments are eligible to apply, which includes teachers, educational assistants, librarians, counselors, social workers, and other school personnel. Applicants may apply as individuals or as part of a group.

All applicants must certify that the principal or immediate supervisor is aware of the proposal and supports the application. Grants will not be funded without the support of school administration.

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

Eligible Proposals:

Proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Build on student engagement, academic experiences, and positive student outcomes in the areas of STEM, Fine Arts, and Literacy.
  • 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.
  • Does not include requests for facilities needs within budget.
  • Demonstrate an effort to raise funds through other sources in an effort to sustain the proposed project.
  • Be prepared to implement the project (staff availability, activities in place) upon receiving the grant.

Recent Award Winners:

 Amount Funded  School Name Project Title
 $1,000 Jefferson Middle Bringing the Artistic Community to the Classroom 
 $1,440 Marie M. Hughes Elementary Celebrating Togetherness While Being Apart
 $800 Sandia Base Elementary The Gingerbread Kid Caper by Ms. Gurule's Class
 $5,000 Eldorado High  Photography Maker Space
 $4,916 APS Special Education Department Communicating for Independence
 $484 Lew Wallace Elementary I Don't Always Make Decisions but Venn I Do...
 $575 L.B. Johnson Middle Interacting with New Mexican Author Alexandria Diaz
 $4,599 Adobe Acres Elementary Bilingual Seal Project for Elementary School 
 $3,630 Bandelier Elementary Promoting Social Emotional Learning Through a School Community Book Club 
 $645 eCADEMY Magnet K-8 Virtual Classroom Storytime
 $4,725 McKinley Middle Community Building through Experiential Learning Opportunities
 $2,033 Hoover Middle  Engagement, Participation and Social Opportunities Through Assistive Technology
 $1,617 Desert Ridge Middle Literacy and Science, It's a Thing!
 $530 Garfield STEM Magnet Middle Let It Grow!
 $805 Lew Wallace Elementary  Long Time No Sea, Hope You're Fine and Sandy
 $5,000 Eldorado High  Virtual Business Simulations (Accounting, Finance, Retail)
 $5,000 E.G. Ross Elementary Micro:Bits = Macro:Learning
 $1,214 Lew Wallace Elementary Raisin a Grape Bunch of Kids to Take Learning Whisks!
 $1,462 Dennis Chavez Elementary Learning STEAM with an Aeroponic Garden Tower

Grant Term:

Classroom & Grade-Level Learning grants are available during the Fall grant cycle. Awards may be available in the spring cycle if funding is available.

If requested, the Foundation will consider requests to carry over funding to the next school year on a limited basis.

Grant Amount:

Between $500 and $1,500 for an individual project, targeting a single classroom 
Between $500 and $5,000 for a team project, targeting multiple classrooms

Selection Process and Criteria:

Grant applications are reviewed by a selection committee of APSEF Board members and community volunteers. 

The Classroom & Grade-Level Learning grant application utilizes a “blind” review process, meaning grant applications are ranked and reviewed without identifying the school.  Applicants who use identifying names in the narrative may be disqualified.

Primary consideration will be given to proposals that:

  • Impact the maximum number of students
  • Include a creative and innovative teaching/learning approach
  • Can be modeled for future programs and learning

Reporting Requirements:

Grant 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 nonprofit groups should have the approval of APS administration. Funding will go to the school, and NOT directly to an external partner.

Projects funded through Classroom & Grade-Level Learning grants are school-specific. If a teacher changes schools before the implementation of the grant, funds must be returned to the APS Education Foundation.

Criteria for Previously Awarded Grantees

Grant award winners that have been awarded any APS Education Foundation grant for the past two years in a row to fund the same program or project in the same school or department are not eligible for consideration for one school year unless the applicant can state that the program will have a greater student impact than in the previous granted year, has successfully solicited other funding to support the program moving forward and can provide a sustainability plan.  You will be asked to attach this documentation at the end of your grant application. 

Ineligible applicants

  • Have received APS Education Foundation funding for the same program/project at the same site for two years in a row.
  • Funding outlined in the application would affect the same students as previous years.
  • Funding outlined in the application would fund the same program/project as previous years.

To regain eligibility

  • Applicants must expand their program/or project to impact more students.  For example:
    • Join other teachers and staff to apply for a team grant so more classes are included as part of a Classroom & Grade Level Learning grant.
    • Reach out to other schools to expand the program, such as feeder schools.
    • Collaborate with other APS departments to expand the initiative to address more areas of need.
    • Applicants must secure additional funding to support the program moving forward.  For example:
      • A portion of your program will be supported by a school or department budget.
      • Other non-profit organizations and foundations have committed to funding a portion of your program.
      • Your PTA  or other community group will budget to support a portion of your budget.
      • A local business or individual donor would like to sponsor a portion of your budget.
      • Applicants must provide a sustainability plan.  For example:
        • Include plans of how your school or department will continue to support the program for the next three years, including fiscally and/or through their time and effort.
        • Include plans of how you will fund the program past this year of funding for the two years following the grant (if awarded), including researching funding opportunities (be specific).

Grantees who cannot regain eligibility for their third proposal must wait one full year to apply again. 

Note:  Any grantee who did not submit an evaluation at the end of their last grant implementation period is ineligible to apply and cannot regain eligibility through the above process.

If you are currently ineligible but would like guidance on how to apply, please contact Lawren McConnell at

Grant Writing Tips:

Review the application, and prepare your answers in a Word document before submitting online.

Review the scoring rubric that grant reviewers will be using during the review and selection period.  

Review the evaluation form that will be due on May 31st, following your implementation period.

Review the Grant Award Agreement.  You will be asked to attest to understanding these expectations if selected for funding.

Deadline to Apply:

Fall Grant Cycle:  September 6, 2021 - October 6, 2021
Deadline to Apply:  October 6, 2021 at 5pm MST


Lawren McConnell
Grants Manager
Phone:  505-880-3708