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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:

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:

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

Grant Winners will be expected to attend a Grant Orientation.


Lawren McConnell
Grants Manager
Phone:  505-880-3708