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Grants to Albuquerque, New Mexico Public School
Staff Members to Support Extracurricular Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Education Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/15/18 5:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Albuquerque, New Mexico teachers and other school employees to support after-school clubs and other student activities. Projects must positively impact elementary, middle, or high school students. Strong proposals must demonstrate innovation and a clear method of implementation.

Eligible Proposals:
-Can come from elementary, middle or high school staff members.
-Use measurable outcomes to determine the success of the project.
-Be well conceived and clearly written.
-Represent a good fiscal investment for the APSEF Foundation and its donor community.

Selection Process and Criteria:

Impact: Your proposal should clearly identify the number of students your project will serve and the learning students will demonstrate as a result of their participation. What is your academic objective and why is it important? How do you plan to measure student achievement?

Innovation: Your proposal should clearly identify your method of implementation and address why it is new and different. How could it be duplicated within classrooms and schools throughout the district?

Investment: Your proposal should clearly identify why the items in your budget are necessary to completing the project, especially when it comes to technology. It is imperative to demonstrate in your grant application how any requested materials or equipment will improve learning. In short, it’s not sufficient to simply write: “An iPad will allow my students to learn more.” Your proposal must provide details on how APSEF investment can create more engagement and learning in your classroom.

Grant Writing Tips:
-Focus on the impact of your idea on students.  The project should be the means to changing something in students’ school experience in a positive way.
-Grant applications will be read by non-educators so avoid educational jargon and acronyms.  It is beneficial to provide background information on programs, curriculum being used and general information that may not be known by non-educators.
-Be clear about how this project can be funded in the future, if needed. Can support come from the school’s operational budget or a PTA budget? Or is this a one-time purchase that will last multiple years?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177281

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Submissions of up to $10,000 will be reviewed, though it’s important to note funding is limited and large grants will be rare.

Term of Contract:

Fall Achieve Awards are intended for the 2017-2018 school year. Awardees should be ready to make every effort to spend their grant awards as soon as they are received. Spring Achieve Awards are intended for either the spring of the 2017-2018 school year or the 2018-2019 school year.

Funding is for one year and does not imply a commitment for additional funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are certified, school-based staff members, such as teachers, educational assistants, librarians, counselors, social workers and others. As a part of the application, the applicant must certify that the principal is aware of the proposal and supports the application. An Achieve Award will not be funded without the support of school administration. Only APS employees may submit applications.

Other Considerations:
-Agreements or partnerships with outside nonprofit groups should have the approval of APS administration. Funding will go to the school, and NOT directly to a partner nonprofit.
-Projects funded through the Achieve Awards are school-specific. If a teacher changes schools before the implementation of the grant, funds must be returned to the APS Education Foundation.
-No out-of-state travel will be funded in 2017-2018.
-All technology should comply with APS requirements. For questions on whether your request can be supported, please contact Jason Johnson at (505) 830-8040.

Pre-Application Information:

The APS Education Foundation's Achieve Awards are offered twice a year.

The spring 2018 application window opens on January 16 and will close on February 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM MST.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by mid-March.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Lori Webster, Grant Writer & Manager
(505) 880-3708

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico: Albuquerque