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Horizon Awards

The APS Education Foundation (APSEF) Horizon Awards support educators in their efforts to provide innovative, hands-on learning opportunities to students in Albuquerque Public Schools.

Horizon Awards are specifically targeted towards classroom projects in three key areas: STEM, Fine Arts and Literacy. 

The APS Education Foundation anticipates awarding up to $120,000 district-wide in Horizon Awards. 


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/immediate supervisor is aware of the proposal and supports the application. Horizon Awards 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:

  • Clearly aligned with award's focus and district's priorities.  
  • 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 effort to sustain the proposed student club or activity.

Previous Award Winners:

  • Albuquerque High School, Martineztown Murals, $3,959.41
  • Alvarado Elementary School, Encouraging Engineers!, $2,790.00
  • Dennis Chavez Elementary School, TEACCH the Task, $4,681.00
  • Double Eagle Elementary, Wildlife Awareness & Observation Program, $3,524.00
  • eCademy High School, Greening AHA With Gardens and Greenhouses, $660.00
  • Eisenhower Middle School, Musical Instruments for Middle School, $3,605.00
  • Eldorado High School, Newspaper Printing, $1,500.00
  • Eldorado High School, TI-Nspire Calculator Navigator System, $3,000.00
  • Emerson Elementary, Career Exploration in the STEAM Lab, $5,000.00
  • Garfield STEM School, Human Assisted Evolution in the Classroom, $276.80
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Elementary, Tech Buddies, $3,500.00
  • Harrison Middle School, A Pictorial Tour Of American History, $1,500.00
  • Hayes Middle School, STEM for Special Needs Students, $870.66
  • Highland High School, Literacy Alive for Special Needs Learners, $5,225.00
  • Highland High School,  Art and Autism, $1,500.00
  • Jefferson Middle School, Compose! Create! Collaborate! (Motivating Minds Through Music), $1,500.00
  • John Adams Middle School, Therapeutic Drum Circle, $1,500.00
  • Lew Wallace Elementary School, Blockbuster Bloxels & Osmo Interactives: STEM Boost, $1,428.50
  • Madison Middle School,  Augmented Reality Sandbox, $2,415.00
  • Mountain View Elementary School, Digital Pre-teaching to Increase Reading Comprehension, $4,850.99
  • New Futures School, LapTime Reading Club, $3,000.00
  • Roosevelt Middle School, It's Showtime! (A Student Directed Musical), $3,545.00
  • San Antonito STEM Magnet School, PBL: Wildlife School, Part I- Bear Aware, $5,061.10
  • Seven Bar Elementary School, RiverXchange, $1,600.00
  • Sierra Vista Elementary, Global Skills Culinary Cooking Program, $1,462.19
  • West Mesa High School, High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Vehicle Kit Development, $5,000.00
  • Whittier Elementary School, The Leonardo da Vinci STEAM Studio, $750.00
  • A. Montoya Elementary School, Ecosystem Journals, $200.00
  • Atrisco Heritage Academy, Printmaking Studio Creation!, $1,500.00
  • Hodgin Elementary School, Robot Competition and Family Fun,  $1,690.48
  • Jefferson Middle School, The Crossover Whole School Book Club, $4,995.00
  • La Cueva High School, Performing Arts Musical 2020, $4,048.92  

Grant Term:

Horizon Awards are available during the Fall grant cycle. Awards may be available in the Spring grant 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:

APS schools and departments may apply up to $1,500 for an individual project, targeting a single classroom or up to $5,000 for a team project, targeting multiple classrooms.

If funded, schools/departments must be prepared to implement project (staff availability, activities in place) upon receiving award.

Selection Process and Criteria:

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

The Horizon Award is a “blind” grant, meaning grant applications are ranked and reviewed without identifying the school. Please ensure that your project description does not identify you or your school. Applicants which use identifying names in the narrative may be disqualified.

Primary consideration will be given to proposals that:

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

Reporting Requirements:

Horizon 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 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 the Horizon Awards are school-specific. If a teacher changes schools before the implementation of the grant, 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.

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

Contact:                                                                       

Grant Writer & Manager
Email: APSGrantWriter@aps.edu