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Success Awards

The APS Education Foundation (APSEF) Success Awards 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.

The APS Education Foundation envisions its grant programs as an opportunity to pilot new, innovative or promising programs in the district.

The Foundation anticipates funding up to $100,000 in Success Awards. 

Eligible Applicants:

APS school principals and APS Department are eligible to apply.
Only one application per school will be accepted. 

Only APS principals or APS Department leads may submit a Success Award application. APS traditional and magnet schools are eligible to apply. 

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

Eligible Proposals:

Proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Clearly aligned with award's focus and district's priorities.
  • 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 effort to sustain the proposed project.

Previous Award Winners:

  • Carlos Rey Elementary School, Establishing A Sustainable School Community Garden, $16,262.74
  • Comanche Elementary School, Engagement for All Our Diverse Learners, $19,250.00
  • Desert Ridge Middle School, Redesigning the Desert Ridge Middle School Advocacy Program, $10,000.00
  • Grant Middle School, What I Need (WIN) Project, $15,000.00
  • Early College Academy/Career Enrichment Center, Virtual Reality Learning Lab, $15,000.00
  • West Mesa High School, Mustang Makers Space, $25,000.00 

Grant Term:

Success Awards may be for up to two years. Awarded schools/departments must be prepared to implement project (staff availability, activities in place) upon receiving funding. All funds must be spent by 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.

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 application be selected as a finalist.

Reporting Requirements:

Success 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:

Schools may partner with outside agencies/nonprofit groups in 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 Survey which can he found HEREYou must be logged into your APS Google account using your APS credentials to access the survey.

Deadline to Apply:

2019 Fall Cycle opens August 12, 2019 and will close on September 10, 2019 at 5pm MST.

If your grant application is selected as a finalist, a 10 minute presentation on  will be required in September 2019.

The APS Education Foundation will notify all applicants of the outcome mid-October.


Grant Writer & Manager