Important information about 2018-19 Teacher grants

Applications for the initiatives listed below are still being accepted! Send us an email about your great idea! or

A critical part of our work has been empowering teachers and staff through grants and Fellowships. We have partnered with Asheville City Schools (ACS) to support more than 120 teachers as Fellows and hundreds of other teachers through Innovation grants. I am so grateful for the tremendous work you have accomplished with these resources.

ACSF recognizes that our schools and community have changed dramatically. New school configuration, developments in technology, and new leadership have reshaped the working environment of teachers and staff. ACS leaders have done extensive work to support teacher-directed and teacher-led professional development, which was one of the drivers for the development of the Fellows program. Additionally, ACS has undertaken critical equity work through ICS which will demand staff professional development time.  Educators have new opportunities, and more responsibilities than ever.

Given this changing landscape, ACSF sees this as an opportune time to determine how our grants can do the most good. This May, ACSF will begin an assessment of  the grantmaking program.

While we assess our grantmaking, we will suspend applications for new areas of work, and in ‘18-’19 provide funding only for projects aligned with currently funded initiatives listed below. Click on the links to find out more about these initiatives.

Linked here is a short google form which will serve as the first step in applying for a grant for  ‘18-’19.

Applications for these funds will be available to all ACS staff and teachers in August

TAPAS Grants

Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools (TAPAS) is 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.

Click here to learn more.

ACSF Professional Development Awards

The ACSF awards scholarships to teachers and staff members because we know that highly trained teachers inspire high achievement among their students.  These scholarships allow teachers to further their educations and pursue advanced degrees and certifications, to stay current and expand their strategies by attending conferences and professional development, and to increase the students they reach by taking on new responsibilities and roles within the Asheville City Schools.

Click here to learn more.

For more information contact: 

Miranda Musiker
Director of Grants and Scholarships