This years Gifted Grants.

Our Grant money at work in Austin classrooms.


What we do:
Every year teachers, coaches and staff, submit grant requests designed to benefit the Austin students
educational & co-curricular experience. The first APEF grant was awarded in 1992 for $500. To date over $409,000 in grants have been awarded to cultivate Austin’s dedication to excellence in education.

How we do it:
Funds from The Huntting Endowment (established by James & Joanne Huntting) and the Packer
Endowment are never spent. Investment income from these endowments along with donor support, proceeds from the “Floor on the Wall” and fundraisers are the financial sources used to support the programs and projects that benefit the more than 4,000 students of the Austin Public Schools.
In 1994 the APEF in collaboration with the AHS Alumni and Friends Association created the legacy project, the “Floor on the Wall”, with the theme of “Preserving the Past and Planning the Future.”
Constructed from the 1921 original maple gym floor, honoring plaques are available for $250 and $500.

Through the stewardship of our volunteers and gracious donors, resources are raised to support student success with events as well as annual, memorial and planned giving.

Austin Public Education Foundation Grant Process Information

Grants are funded from the investment of the James and Joanne Huntting Endowment Fund and the Packer Endowment Fund.  These endowments are used to fund grants that benefit the students of the Austin Public Schools. The Huntting Endowment, benefits all programs and projects, while the Packer Fund was created to benefit extra-curricular and co-curricular programs, with 60% of the income generated to be used for athletic programs. Additional funding provided by generous community support through; Foundation fundraisers, direct donations, “Floor on the Wall” memorial plates and by the staff of ISD #492 through the “Packers pay it Forward” payroll deduction plan.
Thank you! 

The APE Foundation is pleased to consider applications that benefit the students of the Austin Public Schools. Please review the attached district goals when submitting your grant.
The Foundation does not provide grants for the following:

  •  Salary or fringe benefits for school district employees,
  • Continuing education, student fees and/or rentals normally paid by parents or guardians,
  • Curriculum,
  • Clothing,
  • Field trips,
  • Smartboards,
  •  iPads
  • Batteries or permanent fixtures, i.e. tables and chairs.
  • Food or snacks

If you are requesting an item that will require the districts support, please talk to your principal to see if it can be supported.  For example, batteries. 


Application Guidelines:

  • Your grant should not be more than 1-2 word processed pages. There is a sample grant below.
  • Submit FOUR PAPER COPIES of your grant to Brigette Rambadt , Austin Public Education Foundation Director, at the Austin High School.  Do not email your grant, it will not be considered. 
  • You grant needs to contain the following information:
  • Date, project title, school, applicant name(s), signature(s) and contact phone and e-mail information.
  • A brief description of the objectives or purpose of the grant request, including the number and description of the people who will be served by the grant.
  • A detailed description of item(s) requested with estimated costs.  List each item separately; it is beneficial to prioritize your items and attach pictures.  If a grant is awarded, approval is given only for item(s) and dollar amount described. The foundation board must approve any changes prior to purchase.
  •  Email your principal detailing your grant request.  This will keep principals informed of the number and objectives of grant requests generated by their staff. 

Time Lines:
Applications are due March 1, 2016 for projects to be funded for the 2016-2017school year. The grant committee will contact you if your grant was selected, by April 1st, 2016.

If your grant is accepted, give your purchase order to your principal stating it is for the APE Foundation, prior to the last day of school.  Your order will be made after July 1st and you should have your items in time for the 2016-2017 school year.







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