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What are your big ideas?

At the heart of every successful student experience is an inspired, passionate, and highly trained teacher. The Asheville City Schools Foundation supports and retains excellent teachers through the grants described below. Each year, we provide more than $100,000 in funds directly to teachers and classrooms to implement excellent training, inspire new projects and increase student achievement and enthusiasm.


Overview of Granting Opportunities 

ACSF/ACS Fellows Grants

The ACSF/ACS Fellows Program is a comprehensive approach to retaining early/mid-career professionals by allowing teachers to design and implement innovative approaches to addressing the achievement gap in their classrooms. Funding of up to $5,000 may be granted per project for 1) training, conferences, and workshops; 2) release time from the classroom, or small stipends for work in the and summer; and 3) materials that support the implementations of new strategies.

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ACSF Innovations Grants

An Innovation grant project is a new response to a challenge in the classroom, or a replication and expansion of a proven model that exists elsewhere. It is intended to improve student learning through the use of materials and other resources. All projects are expected to fall under one or more of the following categories: teacher practice, student social and emotional support, STEM, early childhood, and literacy. Grants are awarded up to $5,000.

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TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools) Grants

An arts-integration program that implements high quality artist residencies to create craft and performance experiences across all curriculum. TAPAS has maintained the ability to be a cost-effective, far-reaching program with a profound impact on both individual artists and students in our community. Grants are awarded up to $1,000 for artists time and materials.

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For more information contact: 

Miranda Musiker
Director of Grants and Scholarships

Racial Equity Grants

Created to address racial equity within our schools, these grants support school-based teams that seek to understand the barriers to success and full inclusion for our students and families of color. These grants may be used for activities such as training, coaching, assessment, or planning that build your school or PTO's capacity to advance racial equity.

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For more information contact: 

Kate Pett
Executive Director