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Posted: August 29, 2013

Teachers, Schools Have Less than a Month to Apply for Horizon Awards

Sept. 23 is the deadline for submitting an online application to fund projects in literacy, fine arts, middle and high school activities and STEM -- science/technology/engineering/math.

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The APS Education Foundation’s Horizon Awards support certified, school-based staff members in their efforts to provide innovative, quality educational opportunities to students in Albuquerque Public Schools. Targeted areas for the awards are:

  • Fine Arts
  • Middle and High School Clubs or Activities
  • Literacy
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).


The Foundation’s Disbursement/Communications Committee, part of the APSEF Board of Directors, will allocate awards ranging from $1,500 for an individual teacher/classroom to $5,000 for a school team/multiple classrooms approach.

Funding is restricted to school-based staff at APS traditional schools and schools of choice. Winners of the Spring 2013 Horizon Awards are not eligible for this cycle. All funding is dependent upon alignment with educational goals set by the school district.

Criteria for Funding

The Foundation supports projects that enhance student learning. Projects should be able to:

  • Address how student achievement will be enhanced by the project;
  • Show how the project is innovating new ways to teach and learn.
  • Provide a model of a successful project that can be exported to other classrooms or schools. Contacting the Foundation’s Executive Director, Phill Casaus, (878-6165, or to discuss an idea may assist in refining the proposal. Applicants may also be asked for clarification before funding is given final approval.

The following will NOT be funded:

  • Salaries or supplemental pay (i.e. a contract extension with a portion of a FTE) for staff members
  • Equipment or resources not integral to the implementation of the program
  • Scholarships or fellowships to individuals
  • Indirect/administrative costs.

If a teacher changes schools before implementation of the grant, funds must be returned to the APSEF. Also, prospective grantees need to be aware that technology in and of itself is not innovation. Please be clear as to how a technology purchase improves teaching and learning in an innovative way.


The deadline for submission is Monday, September 23, 2013, at 5 p.m.  Proposals will not be accepted after that time.

Review Procedures

Members of the APSEF Disbursement/Communications Committee will review all proposals in a “blind” process in which the cover page has been removed and the school is not identified.  The committee’s final decision will be made to the APSEF Board of Directors and applicants will be notified of the outcome in mid-October. View the Horizon Awards Score Sheet.

Reporting Requirements

Projects funded by the Fall 2013 Horizon Awards should be implemented before the end of the school year. Winning applicants will be required to electronically submit a one- to two-page narrative report focused on the specifics of the project by May 15, 2014. Contents will be closely reviewed by the APSEF as a way of gauging the effectiveness of the project and reports may be posted online. Grantees will be ineligible for future awards if the report is not received on time. No award should be considered as a guarantee for future funding.

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