AFE invites applications for four grant programs available to teachers and school personnel

Resource Grants

Resource Grants – a new grant opportunity from AFE – allow teachers to request funding for specific one-time classroom needs or to support field trips. Resource grants do not require a community partner, and can range from $50 – $500. Resource grants require sign-off from the building principal in order to ensure equitable distribution of funds.

Resource Grant Example: Teacher wants to replace the classroom incubator used for her annual chick hatching project.

The Resource Grant application will be available soon.

Partnership Grants

Partnership Grants support classroom projects and programs implemented with the involvement of a community partner. Awards range from $500-$1,500 for individual schools, with grants up to $2,500 for projects involving multiple schools or Albany High School academies. AFE can help line up community partners and flesh out initial ideas for your grant proposal.

Partnership Grant Example: Teacher wants to replace the classroom incubator used for her annual chick hatching project and take her students on a field trip to a farm to release the baby chicks and see actual chickens and eggs. The farm is the community partner.

To apply for a Partnership Grant, click here for an application.

Innovation Grants

Innovation Grants are similar to Partnership Grants, but on a larger scale. Innovation Grants can be used to pilot or implement district-wide programs and require sign-off from the building principals involved, and the relevant deputy superintendent or curriculum leader.

The Innovation Grant Application will be available soon.

COVID-19 Teacher Reimbursement Grants

COVID-19 Teacher Reimbursement Grants offer reimbursement of up to $100 per teacher for supplies or resources purchased by teachers to help teach virtually, or directly support their students engaged in online learning.​

To apply for a Teacher Reimbursement Grant, click here for an application.

Any questions applying for grants?

Proposals are accepted, reviewed, and awarded throughout the year. See the grant application for monthly consideration deadlines and address questions to Mari Shopsis, AFE at 518-417-2107, (; or Barry Walston, Grant Committee Chair at 518-441-9877.  An AFE Board member will be happy to discuss an idea with you prior to submitting the proposal. In addition, we ask that you complete and submit the Grant Evaluation Form within one month of completing your project.