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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.

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/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 the 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 an effort to sustain the proposed student club or activity.

Previous Award Winners:

2019 Fall Cycle
Fine Arts Albuquerque High Jazz Orchestra Initiative $3,000.00
Fine Arts Albuquerque High Martineztown Mural Phase 2 $2,700.00
Fine Arts Albuquerque High Built to Last: Storage for a Flourishing Music Community $4,709.23
Fine Arts Emerson Elementary Double Eagle Art Bomb After School Explosion $2,750.00
Fine Arts Manzano High String Renewal $1,500.00
Fine Arts Roosevelt Middle Let's Get Drumming - World Music Drumming for All $1,496.30
Fine Arts Roosevelt Middle It's Showtime - A student-directed musical $3,875.00
Fine Arts Adobe Acres Elementary Project Tote $2,001.00
Fine Arts Atrisco Heritage Academy Cultural Expression Multi-Media Production $4,750.00
Fine Arts Jimmy Carter Middle Technology in the Instrumental Music Classroom $5,000.00
Fine Arts Painted Sky Elementary Music is Life $3,500.00
Fine Arts S. R. Marmon Elementary Culture in Clay $3,706.06
Fine Arts West Mesa High Band Music Performance Assessment Preparation Camp $1,500.00
Fine Arts Marie M. Hughes Elementary Bon Appetit! Building Creativity and Community through Cooking $2,262.22
Fine Arts Madison Middle Let's Keep Albuquerque Singing - The Adventure Continues $1,500.00
Literacy Van Buren Middle Books I Wish The Librarian Would Buy $5,000.00
Literacy 7 Bar Elementary Language Arts Through Cultural Diversity  $864.00
Literacy James Monroe Middle TV/Film Production Course Start-Up $1,250.00
Literacy Arroyo Del Oso Elementary Building Digital Literacy $4,049.70
Literacy Desert Ridge Middle Scholastic Choices Magazines for health students $334.05
Literacy Nex+Gen Academy Magnet Blended Reading & Writing Workshop $950.00
Literacy Osuna Elementary From Tech Savvy to Text Savvy $4,875.80
STEM Chelwood Elementary Building Better Students $331.80
STEM Jefferson Middle Low Tech Electric! $1,446.62
STEM Lew Wallace Elementary Learning through Osmo-sis! STEM Interactives $1,218.00
STEM Tres Volcanes Community Collaborative If You Teach a Kindergartener To Code... $318.44
STEM Truman Middle Coding and Integrated Stem Projects Within Special Education Classrooms $1,261.50
STEM eCADEMY Magnet Inquiry & Computer Science Problem-solving through Sphero RVR Robot $1,249.95
STEM Garfield STEM Magnet Middle Middle School Biotechnology $1,450.00
STEM Eisenhower Middle FIRST Tech Robotics Challenge-Collaborative Classroom $4,095.70
STEM Eisenhower Middle Algebra TI-Nspire $1,479.00
STEM Inez Science and Technology Magnet Elementary STEAM Studio - Makerspace $1,500.00
STEM Madison Middle Balloon Mapping and Atmospheric Data Collection Project $1,268.00
STEM North Star Elementary S.T.E.M. & 4-H Fridays $4,954.62
STEM Osuna Elementary Coding with robotics $800.00
STEM Sandia High TI-Nspire Navigator System $3,000.00

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 the project (staff availability, activities in place) upon receiving an 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 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:

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. You must be logged into your APS Google account using your APS credentials to access the survey.

Deadline to Apply:

The 2020 Spring Cycle is currently closed. Please check back at a later date for additional information.


Grant Writer & Manager