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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.

Previous Award Winners:


School Name

Project Title


Fine Arts

Roosevelt Middle

Getting Kilny with Ceramics


Fine Arts

Highland High School

Art for Health and Well being


Fine Arts

Corrales Elementary

Music Matters


Fine Arts

Valley High

Printmaking Studio


Fine Arts

Jefferson Middle

Compose! Create! Collaborate! (Phase 2)



Lew Wallace Elementary

I'm Good Friends With 25 Letters Of The Alphabet, I Don't Know Why!



Hayes Dual Language Magnet Middle

Reading Real: Nonfiction Books For Middle School



Lew Wallace Elementary

Portable Magic: Books that Look Like Me



Eisenhower Middle

Finding Your Voice: Exploring Social Issues Through Diverse Literature



Tres Volcanes Community Collaborative

Program a Weather Station using Raspberry Pi



Dennis Chavez Elementary

Coding Playground



Wherry Elementary

Coding Wonderment for all using Dash Robotics



McCollum Elementary

Curandera Garden



Cibola High

"Here Comes the Sun..." SolarLab: Solar Electricity Learning Kit



La Cueva High

Open Your Mind with Psychology Models


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:

The 2020 Fall Cycle will open on Tuesday, September 8, and close on Tuesday, October 6 at 5:00 pm.


Grant Writer & Manager