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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.

Each year, the APS Education Foundation anticipates funding up to $100,000 in Classroom & Grade-Level Learning grants.

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

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 student club or activity.
  • Be prepared to implement the project (staff availability, activities in place) upon receiving the grant.

Recent Award Winners:

 Amount Funded  School Name Project Title
 $4,000 Garfield STEM Magnet Middle Music For Students
 $4,592 Dolores Gonzales Elementary What is Beauty? ¿Qué es la belleza?
 $1,488 Jefferson Middle (Phase 3) Record! Create! Collaborate! (Remote Learning & Beyond!)
 $1,600 West Mesa High* iPads for the Modern Orchestra
 $4,250 James Monroe Middle Esports Broadcasting Station
 $1,304 Eugene Field Elementary Some Readers!
 $1,500 Hayes Dual Language Magnet Middle Husky Mail
 $4,997 Harrison Middle A Community of Readers
 $400 7 Bar Elementary Dream Big
 $850 Harrison Middle Libraries Without Walls
 $5,000 Alameda Elementary Talking Back to the Book: Interactive Read Alouds That Build Social Consciousness
 $767 Albuquerque High Guided Reading for Recently Arrived English Learners
 $1,659 Volcano Vista  Hands On Bones! 
 $1,440 Los Ranchos Elementary "Coding with Microbits"

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:

Up to $1,500 for an individual project, targeting a single classroom 
Up to $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.

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:

Spring 2021 grant applications are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 19, 2021, at 5:00 pm (MT).

APS Education Foundation will notify all applicants of the outcome by March 15, 2021. Grant Winners will be invited to attend a virtual Grant Orientation on March 19, 2021.


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