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Posted: February 27, 2014

March 7 Deadline Approaches for Horizon Awards Application

Writing tips are available for teachers wishing to submit an application for the $1,500-$5,000 awards in the areas of fine arts, literacy, high school and middle school activities and STEM.


The deadline for submitting an application for this semester's Horizon Awards is fast approaching. The online application is due next Friday, March 7, for the semi-annual awards sponsored by the APS Education Foundation.

Individuals can earn up to $1,500 and teams up to $5,000 for projects that focus on four areas:

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

Need help filling out the application? The Foundation has put together a presentation with tips on how to write a winning classroom grant. The presentation outlines six things to consider:

  • Clarity
  • Concise presentation
  • Attention to detail
  • Compelling proposal
  • Innovative classroom practices
  • Impact

Other suggestions for writing a successful grant application include:

  • Convince the reviewer your proposal will make a difference
  • Follow the application directions
  • Get a non-educator's opinion
  • Use spell and grammar checks
  • More is not always better
  • Know your deadline (don't wait until the last minute).

For more information, contact Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus at 878-6165 or