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Transformative Idea Grant

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Together with the Technology Integration Group, the APS Education Foundation provides grants to ground-breaking programs that enhance school climate, increase student engagement, and improve academic achievement. 

The Transformative Idea Grant (TIG) 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.

Eligible Applicants

Submissions are limited to comprehensive APS schools and APS magnet schools. 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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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.
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.. If awarded, schools/departments must be prepared to implement the project (staff availability, activities in place) upon receiving funding. 

Grant Amount

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

Selection Process

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 
    • Have a focus on social emotional learning
    • Encourage students to participate more fully in the classroom
    • Foster positive student learning environments
    • Improve school experiences for students and staff 
    • Mentor other APS schools to adopt the program

Recent Award Winners

Amount Funded  School/Department Name Title of Project
$4,988.00 Dolores Gonzales Elementary Attendance is our first priority!
$5,000.00 Del Norte High Attendance Matters
$5,000.00 Comanche Elementary Browsing for a Good Book

Reporting Requirements

TIG 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.


Fall Grant Cycle:  September 6, 2021 - October 6, 2021
Deadline to Apply:  October 6, 2021 at 5pm MST


Lawren McConnell
Grants Manager
Phone:  505-880-3708