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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.

Each year, the APS Education Foundation anticipates funding up to $100,000 in Schoolwide Impact grants.

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

Eligible Applicants 

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

APS traditional and magnet schools are eligible to apply. 

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
 $10,000 Lew Wallace Elementary Winner Winner Wednesday Dinner: Meets and Eats!
 $5,599.20 APS Special Education Department Tools for Remote Occupational therapy services

Grant Term

School-wide Impact grants 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 presentation to the selection committee should an application be selected as a finalist.

Reporting Requirements

School-wide Impact 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. 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.

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 SurveyYou 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).

If your grant application is selected as a finalist, a 10-minute presentation will be required on March 4, 2021. 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.


Grant Writer & Manager