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Schoolwide Impact grants provide support for innovative practices impacting grade levels, subject levels, or an entire school. Proposals must show results in keeping students in school, giving them a heightened chance for success in their academic futures, and/or improving student's overall learning environment. Single classroom grants will not be considered.

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Eligible Applicants 

Only APS principals or APS Department leads may submit a Schoolwide Impact Award application.  Only one application per school will be accepted. 

APS traditional and magnet schools are eligible to apply as well as APS departments. 

Eligible Proposals

Proposals must meet the following criteria:

    • Serve an entire school or a large percentage of students, such as a grade level or department.
    • 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.
    • Demonstrate an effort to raise funds through other sources in an effort to sustain the proposed project.

Recent Award Winners:

Amount Funded  School/Department Name Project Title
 $25,000 APS Fine Arts Department Secondary Visual Arts Supply Assistance
 $24,753 APS Special Education Department My Too Cool Tool Kit 
$10,055 Volcano Vista High  This Hawk Soars

Grant Term

Schoolwide Impact Awards may be for up to two years. If awarded, schools/departments must be prepared to implement the project (staff availability, activities in place) upon receiving funding. 

Grant Amount

APS schools and departments may apply up to $25,000.
Proposals should request a minimum of $10,000.

Selection Process and Criteria

All grant applications are reviewed by a selection committee of APSEF Board members. Applicants must be prepared to make a 10 minute presentation to the selection committee should an application be selected as a finalist.

Reporting Requirements

Schoolwide Impact Award winners are required to report on project outcomes  on May 31st. Final reports must be submitted to the APS Education Foundation. Grant winners may be ineligible for future funding if this report is not received. Grant winners should also be willing to host site visits, provide success stories and assist the Foundation with promotional activities. All funds must be spent by the end of the grant period. Grant winners may request an extension. If grant funds cannot be spent within the grant period as approved, funds must be returned to the Foundation.

Other Considerations

Schools may partner with outside agencies/nonprofit groups in an effort to advance student achievement, however, all partnerships must be approved by APS administration. Funding will go to the school or department, and not directly to a partner nonprofit/agency.

Criteria for Previously Awarded Grantees

Grant award winners that have been awarded any APS Education Foundation grant for the past two years in a row to fund the same program or project in the same school or department are not eligible for consideration for one school year unless the applicant can state that the program will have a greater student impact than in the previous granted year, has successfully solicited other funding to support the program moving forward and can provide a sustainability plan.  You will be asked to attach this documentation at the end of your grant application. 

Ineligible applicants

  • Have received APS Education Foundation funding for the same program/project at the same site for two years in a row.
  • Funding outlined in the application would affect the same students as previous years.
  • Funding outlined in the application would fund the same program/project as previous years.

To regain eligibility

  • Applicants must expand their program/or project to impact more students.  For example:
    • Join other teachers and staff to apply for a team grant so more classes are included as part of a Classroom & Grade Level Learning grant.
    • Reach out to other schools to expand the program, such as feeder schools.
    • Collaborate with other APS departments to expand the initiative to address more areas of need.
    • Applicants must secure additional funding to support the program moving forward.  For example:
      • A portion of your program will be supported by a school or department budget.
      • Other non-profit organizations and foundations have committed to funding a portion of your program.
      • Your PTA  or other community group will budget to support a portion of your budget.
      • A local business or individual donor would like to sponsor a portion of your budget.
      • Applicants must provide a sustainability plan.  For example:
        • Include plans of how your school or department will continue to support the program for the next three years, including fiscally and/or through their time and effort.
        • Include plans of how you will fund the program past this year of funding for the two years following the grant (if awarded), including researching funding opportunities (be specific).

Grantees who cannot regain eligibility for their third proposal must wait one full year to apply again. 

Note:  Any grantee who did not submit an evaluation at the end of their last grant implementation period is ineligible to apply and cannot regain eligibility through the above process.

If you are currently ineligible but would like guidance on how to apply, please contact Lawren McConnell at

Grant Writing Tips:

Review the application, and prepare your answers in a Word document before submitting online.

Review the scoring rubric that grant reviewers will be using during the review and selection period.  

Review the evaluation form that will be due on May 31st, following your implementation period.

Review the Grant Award Agreement.  You will be asked to attest to understanding these expectations if selected for funding.

Deadline to Apply

Fall Grant Cycle:  September 6, 2021 - October 6, 2021

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 5:00 pm (MT).

If your grant application is selected as a finalist, a 10-minute presentation will be required. 


Lawren McConnell 
Grants Manager
Phone:  505-880-3708