Grants Information

Albemarle Foundation for Education offers two grant programs, both based on our Priority Funding Areas developed in collaboration with leaders in Albemarle County Public Schools. 

Innovations in Education Grants

For a school or a cohort of educators.
$750 to $5,000

Investment in Systems Grants

Multi-school or division level.
$5,000 to $30,000+

Launching Spring 2023 By Invitation Only
Scope: Small- to medium-sized projects that involve multiple educators in a "cohort" at a single school or across multiple sites. Scope: Larger, multi-layered projects that involved strategic coordination between schools/sites and division staff or are division-wide.

Who Can Apply? Any ACPS educator or staff on behalf of a committed group of educators.

"Cohorts" at an individual school may include for example: grade-level teams, subject/function-area teams, EDEP or counselors at a school, etc.

"Cohorts" may exist across sites, such as: BrightStars lead teachers, high school SEL teams, ESOL elementary teams, etc.

Individual teacher or "class" projects will not be considered.

Who Can Apply? With support of ACPS Superintendent, any ACPS educator or staff member (site-based or division-level) on behalf of a multi-school or division-wide team.

All middle school reading interventionists
Elementary literacy coaches across all Title I schools and district leader
AHS science department teachers with district instructional leader
HR department leader with a pilot school principal

Individual school projects will not be considered "systems" for this category.

Grantee Requirements

Quick application with budget
Mid-project check-in (email)
Final reflections report with outcomes

Grantee Requirements

Pre-application conversation
Short application with budget
Mid-project check-in
Final reflections report with outcomes

Both grant opportunities align community resources to opportunities that:

  • Support the ACPS mission to help all students thrive.
  • Have a positive impact on the outcomes of the ACPS strategic plan.
  • Would not otherwise be funded by the school system.
  • Generate a community commitment to our public schools.

Innovation in Education Grants

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The Innovations in Education grants support powerful teaching and learning projects in Albemarle County Public Schools that are not covered in the ACPS budget. Successful projects will be aligned with the ACPS strategic plan, will improve learning experiences for students and teachers, and will have a positive impact on students, families and/or educators.

We are interested in projects that supplement and enhance existing practices as well as pilot projects that might be adopted later by a wider audience.

The Albemarle Foundation for Education is committed to using community-raised resources to support and amplify work that ensures equitable outcomes for students across all schools.

Grant Timeline

  • The Spring 2023 application will open Monday, April 24.
  • The application deadline is Tuesday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m.
  • All applicants will be notified of funding status by end-June
  • Grantees will be able to access funds starting August 1.

Application Information

For more information on this grant opportunity, please see the following key items:

Apply for a Grant


We are eager to support your grant application in our first-ever round of grant-making. Please do not hesitate to contact Tessa Ashoff, Executive Director.