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TIG Awards

Together with the Technology Integration Group, the APS Education Foundation awards funding to ground-breaking programs that enhance school climate, increase student engagement and improve academic achievement through the Transformative Idea Grant (TIG) grant. 

This opportunity aims to build classroom experiences and create safe and supportive learning environments for students within Albuquerque Public Schools so that they may stay in school, actively engage in learning and achieve their highest potential.

The Foundation anticipates awarding one or more TIG grants, totaling $10,000.

Eligible Applicants:

Submissions are limited to comprehensive APS schools and schools of choice. Applications from APS school principals or school administrative teams are preferred.

Partnerships with 501(c)(3) organizations that allow the school community to be innovative in student engagement and retention efforts are allowed, however, the applicant must be an APS school administrator.

Only one application per school will be accepted. Only APS employees may submit applications. APS traditional and magnet schools are eligible to apply.

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APS Grant Writer at (505) 880-3708 or

Eligible Proposals:

Proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Clearly aligned with the 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 an effort to sustain the proposed project.

Please note: Funding requests cannot include requests for technology.

Grant Term:

TIG awards are for one year. A funded grant is no guarantee of future funding.

Awarded schools/departments must be prepared to implement the project (staff availability, activities in place) upon receiving funding. 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.

Grant Amount:

Schools may apply for up to $5,000. The Foundation reserves the right to adjust its granting levels.

All grant applications are reviewed by a selection committee of APSEF Board members.

Primary consideration will be given to proposals that:

  • Have a school-wide and/or grade-level impact 
  • Encourage students to participate more fully in the classroom
  • Foster positive student learning environments
  • Improve school experiences for students
  • Mentor other APS schools to adopt the program
Before applying, Review the Grant Evaluation Report (PDF)

Reporting Requirements:

TIG 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.


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

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Grant Writer & Manager