WHAT WE’VE DONE SINCE ASF’S FOUNDING IN 1994.

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Educational, Annual and Special Grants
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Donor Designated Grants
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Pricipal Designated Grants
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Scholarships

OVER $382,670 GIVEN TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS!

Aurora Schools Foundation offers two types of grants
Educational Enhancement and Special Grants.

EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT GRANTS

These grants, secured through applications, are made available to the staff of the Aurora Schools twice a year to accommodate the two semesters.  Information regarding these grants, including the instructions required for the application process, is sent to the entire ACS staff via school email.  The goal of these grants is to support innovative, imaginative, and creative programs, experiences, or opportunities that would not otherwise be available to the students of the Aurora Schools. This grant program is designed to enrich the student experience within the areas of ASF endorsed “Pathways to Excellence” which include:

  • Fine Arts
  • Communication
  • Value Diversity
  • Math/Science/Technology
  • Global Perspective
  • Leadership
  • Wellness
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Critical Thinking

Any individual or group seeking consideration for a Educational Enhancement Grant or interested in the criteria or application process should contact the ASF Grant Committee at grants@auroraschoolsfoundation.org or submit an online application by clicking here.

APPLICATION DUE DATES

FALL
Application Deadline – November 1
Notification to teachers – December 15

SPRING
Application Deadline – March 15
Notification to teachers – June 1

SPECIAL GRANTS

The Foundation consistently supports special student-centered activities and programs which may or may not be supported by our other grant initiatives.  Requests for these grants may be submitted by individuals or groups from within or out of the school community and will be considered on a case by case basis.  Any individual or group seeking consideration for a Special Grant or interested in the criteria or application process should contact the ASF Grant Committee at grants@auroraschoolsfoundation.org or submit an online application by clicking here.

$10,000 – AP Computer Science – Josh Rakow (High School)

This special grant for new computers to run the cutting edge programs the AP course uses. This special grant was provided after we learned that this purchase had been cut from the budget and an anonymous donor gave $15,000 towards the $25,000 purchase.

$ 175.00 – Stretching our Thinking – Karen Sunderhalf (Harmon) 

This request will enhance the 6th and 7th ELA gifted curriculum with Gaming Exercises as recommended by the Young Entrepreneur Institute to focus on creative, innovative mindsets.

TOTAL SPECIAL GRANTS ALLOCATED FOR THE FALL $10,175.00

CLICK HERE to view previous years grants.

2020-2021 Grant Allocation for 1st Semester

$4,420 – Monitoring Emotions Enhancing Self Awareness: Tami Mazzella (Craddock)

This grant was prompted by a segment about a Colorado school featured on the Today tv show. This program request would provide wrist monitors (think Fitbits) for students that would monitor and record physical reactions throughout the day indicating to the students that they are experiencing stressful and anxious events. This technology would augment the established curricular program “Self Emotional Learning” (SEL) of teaching students to be aware of their emotions and “self regulate” themselves.

$1,380 – Living Library: Kathleen Berry (High School)

This project will provide materials to convert and create a portion of the library as a plant growing area where any students can voluntarily learn about and monitor growing their own plants and vegetables. This opportunity can be used as an independent study venue or in coordination with the science curriculum.

$2,500 – Media Center eBooks: Mary Beckstom, LaQuinta Timberlake, Jennifer Miller (Harmon Grades 6-8)

This request will provide 125 eBooks for in-house and student online access through the students chrome books, therefore accessible 24/7 all year long. A media center program of this type is not now in existence.

TOTAL APPROVED EDUCATIONAL GRANTS $8,300

GET INVOLVED!

If you are passionate about the Aurora Public Schools and would like to use your talent to help students achieve lifelong success, we invite you to volunteer for a board position. Please contact the Foundation office if you would like to learn more about our board.

We have a variety of programs to support teachers and help students succeed. You can make a difference by getting involved.