Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation: Horizon Awards
The Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Education Foundation’s Horizon Awards support teachers and other educational professionals in their efforts to provide innovative, quality educational opportunities to students in Albuquerque Public Schools. Horizon Awards are targeted towards classroom projects that advance student learning in three key areas: STEM, fine arts, and literacy. Horizon Awards are granted once a year in the fall. The ultimate goal is to support proposals that advance excellence and student achievement within APS.
Horizon is a “blind” grant, meaning submissions are judged by members of the Foundation Board and other community members without identifying the school. Horizon Award applications are judged by the following criteria:
- Impact: Proposal should identify the number of students that the project will serve and the learning students will demonstrate as a result of their participation
- Innovation: Proposals should identify the method of implementation, address why it is new and different, and how it could be duplicated within classrooms and schools throughout the district
- Investment: Proposal should identify why the items in the budget are necessary to completing the project (especially when it comes to technology) and how requested materials or equipment will improve learning
Amount: A total of up to $100,000 is anticipated to be awarded district-wide. Grants range to $1,500 for an individual project targeting a single classroom and up to $5,000 for a team project targeting multiple classrooms.
Eligibility: Certified, school-based staff members, such as teachers, educational assistants, librarians, counselors, social workers and others. The applicant must certify that the principal is aware of the proposal and supports the application. Only APS employees may submit applications.
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