District Investment Grants (formerly School Improvement Grants) are awarded over a multi-year time period to support systemic long-term change in the Arlington Public Schools. These grants will focus on multi-pronged initiatives that have significant potential to improve learning and develop a strong, supportive community for students at the elementary, middle, or high school level, and cannot currently be supported by the tax-funded school budget. These grants are by invitation only, and will be developed through discussions with Arlington Public Schools principals and the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
Amount: $25,000-$100,000 (over multiple years)
Who can apply/ Application procedure and deadlines:
These grants are by invitation only, and will be developed through discussions with Arlington Public Schools principals and the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
Safe & Supportive Schools (2017 – )
In the first year of this three-year partnership, AEF awarded $100,000 to fund Youth Mental Health First Aid training for 300 staff as well as ongoing work to refine/implement each school’s Safe & Supportive Schools action plan. This grant continues the initial Safe & Supportive Schools self-assessment work that AEF helped to fund in 2016. AEF has committed to investing $200,000 over three years for this initiative.
Gibbs Planning Grant (2017)
A $30,000 grant will provide the necessary funds for planning stipends and professional development that will enable the new Gibbs staff to plan for a unique, 6th grade school with social emotional support, project-based learning, and a strong community.
Teacher Leadership Grant (2017)
A $30,000 grant expanded Teacher Leadership initiative in the Arlington Public Schools that offers training, experience and opportunities for teachers to become leaders in the reading and writing content areas. These teacher leaders provide teacher-led professional development for their colleagues, both within the school day and at the after-school districtwide professional development sessions.
Ottoson School Improvement Grant (2011-2015)
This planning grant to the Ottoson Middle School guided the faculty in designing a roadmap for a shared vision of instruction, student learning and school culture. As a result, the school implemented the Small Learning Communities and the Advisory program with the goal of personalizing each student’s educational experience and connectedness to the school.
Enriching Elementary Education (2008-2011)
This initiative supported elementary school teachers in integrating reading, math, social studies, science, art, and other subjects into challenging and engaging curricula and lessons that will enhance learning for all students.
High School Improvement Grant (2004-2008)
This four-year grant helped to improve teaching and learning, develop new courses and programs, and build community at Arlington High School.
Emergency Funding Grant (2004)
In response to dramatic budget cuts, ASF raised $274,000 to keep reading teachers in all seven elementary schools.