AFE enhances the educational experiences
of Albany City School District students
AFE grants have helped to plant flowers, build a stage, expand a choir, teach dance, and explore the best parts of our communities. Do you have an idea that could inspire a student or bring innovative learning to our schools? Will it bring a change in educational practice or enhance student learning or teacher effectiveness? Can it include one or more community partners who contribute resources to the project?

If your answer is yes, please check out our Grant Guidelines section to learn how you can apply for a grant. Grants awards for projects at an individual school or one AHS academy generally range between $500 and $1,500.  Multi-school or large-scale projects may be awarded up to $2500, or, in very special circumstances to $4,000.  AFE’s goal is to fund grants in every school in the district.The signature of the school principal or district administrator is required. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


Helping Educators Adapt to Teaching

in the time of COVID and Budget Cuts

Because the Albany Fund for Education is not currently able to implement our traditional classroom grants - and because we know that our educators are going above and beyond for your students right now, even as your own lives are stressful and uncertain, the Albany Fund for Education Board has decided to continue the educator reimbursement grant program begun in the Spring of 2020.​

City School District of Albany teachers and staff can request between $25-$100 in reimbursement for supplies/resources purchased to assist with online learning (e.g. Teachers Pay Teachers materials, technology to support virtual teaching) or to directly support students (books, school supplies, etc.). We have up to $2,500 in grant funds remaining. The application is available as a word document here.

How to Apply for Other Grants 

Proposals are accepted, reviewed, and awarded during the year. Please see the grant application for monthly consideration deadlines. Please address questions to Mari Shopsis, AFE at 518-417-2107, (AlbanyAFE@gmail.com); or Barry Walston, Grant Committee Chair at 518-441-9877.  An AFE Board member would be happy to discuss an idea with you prior to submitting the proposal. 


Interested teachers and community members are encouraged to download the application, complete it and email it to AlbanyAFE@gmail.com. The principal(s) from the school(s) involved must approve the proposal. While email is preferred, proposals may also be submitted in hardcopy to: 

AFE Grant Committee Chair
PO Box 3110
Albany, New York 12203

Previous Grant Recipients

Over the years AFE has awarded more than $300,000 in grants to support local programs benefiting Albany City School District students.

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2011 Eagle Point Arbor Day
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Albany International Center TBD
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The Albany Fund for Education supports a wide range of programs and activities that contribute to quality education in our schools. This section of the web is designed to help you learn about those programs for the 2019-2020 school year. We hope that you will consider applying for a grant, supporting a scholarship program, or simply marveling at the exciting and innovative programs going on in our schools.

Breakout EDU 

School: Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School

CSDA Spark Plug: Lauren DeCarr
Community Partners: Albany PAL


Using educational technology to teach critical thinking and collaboration skills across the curriculum and in the afterschool setting as well.

PBIS Builds Character

School: North Albany Academy

CSDA Spark Plug: Meredith Lounsbury
Community Partners: Capital Region Boces


PBIS, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, coaches attend annual meeting to strategize and share effective practices.

(SET) Science, Earth, and Technology take over Schuyler

School: Schuyler Achievement Academy Community School

CSDA Spark Plug: Michael-Aaron Poindexter
Community Partners: 4th Family


This project will place a strong emphasis on science and technology and the impacts it’s users have to make the world sustainable. Our goal is to have CMOST provide enrichment about animals, the earth, and science and then 4th family will help us coordinate our STEAM fair and provide the STEAM keynote attraction.