Teacher Grants

Our grants make a difference. Together with community generosity, we help keep our schools vibrant, students engaged and our community one of the best in the nation. There are several grants available for educators.  These grants support ideas, projects, and approaches for up to $5,000.  Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation provides these grants by combining donations towards its Annual Fund and from Donor-established named Funds.

Below is a list of grants and funds available through The Foundation.


Literacy Grants Available for 2016-17

Great Idea Grants to Support Literacy

Ann Arbor Educational Foundation awards Great Idea Grants each Fall to support teacher initiatives, promote innovation, and enhance classroom experiences that are otherwise difficult for the Ann Arbor Public Schools to fund.  The objective of of this grant is to fund classroom experiences connected to the core curriculum. In the last three years the foundation has awarded over $100,000 in educator grants. Grant awards range from $500-$5,000 each. The 2016-17 AAEF Great Idea Grants will focus on literacy support.

Karen Thomas Fund

The Karen Thomas Fund provides grants principally for elementary school projects and programs that encourage and promote literacy, support academic retention programs, augments reading materials in elementary school media centers and other projects and programs to help develop literacy in elementary school students, with an emphasis on projects that help at risk students.

This fund was established in 2008 following the death of local writer Karen Thomas, herself a voracious reader.

A note from Andy Thomas:

“Karen, my wife of 38 years, was absolutely passionate about reading, and especially loved children’s literature. I can think of no better way of memorializing her than by passing on her love for the classics to the next generation. I cherish the many letters of appreciation I received from Mr. Merante’s students expressing their appreciation for these classic books.”

Non-Literacy Grants Awarded in Past Years

Eleanora Bihler Dahlmann Endowment Fund Grant

In memory of Eleanora Bihler Dahlmann and her love of art by sponsoring Ann Arbor Public School classroom art projects primarily devoted to painting. This grant, for $500.00, in honor of Mrs. Dahlman will be awarded to an art teacher who proposes a classroom art project devoted to painting.

Madeleine Thompson Memorial Fund Grant

In honor of retired AAPS teacher, Madeleine Thompson’s memory and her work through the Humanities Program at Huron High School.  Grants support Huron’s needs for guest lecturers and/or curriculum enhancement.