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Office of Grants and Program Development


Our goal

The Office of Grants and Program Development (OGPD) seeks public and private funding in order to fulfill the district’s mission of educating all students for college and career, citizenship and life in partnership with our diverse community. 


About the office

The OGPD identifies, applies for, secures, and monitors funding from federal and state government sources and private foundations.   These may be entitlement funds or competitive grants. Grants may benefit the entire district, individual schools, and/or specific programs and last for one year or several years. 


For districts like ours that face increasingly tough budgets, grant funding has become an important means to support programming and fulfill our mission. Grants allow us to pilot new projects, expand innovative efforts that benefit students and families, and meet the professional needs of educators. This often includes collaborating with community-based organizations and other community partners to reach common goals such as ensuring strong cradle-to-career supports and promoting college and career readiness.


Grant awards

For school year 2012-2013, the OGPD was awarded over 30 grants totaling nearly $25 million. 


For school year 2013-2014, new and continuing competitive grants include:

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers: Establishes after-school and summer enrichment programming for students in prekindergarten through high school.

  • Learning Technology: Equips Myers Middle School with necessary instructional technology tools to provide students with proper access to, and instruction in, learning technology.

  • Magnet School Assistance Program: Redesigns Albany High School into four smaller magnet academies in order to offer a more personalized education for students.

  • McKinney-Vento: Helps meet the needs of and provides services to students and families who are homeless. 

  • Model Induction: Trains teacher leaders to successfully mentor new teachers in the district.

  • School Improvement Grant: Helps Schuyler Achievement Academy transform and adopt a full-service, neighborhood school model to better serve students, families, and the school community.

  • Smart Scholars: Supports an Early College in the High School Program focusing on STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- for students attending Albany High School. 

Contact us

Office of Grants and Program Development

1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207

(518) 475-6080

FAX (518) 475-6084


Grants portal for staff:


Eileen Leffler, Administrator

Rachel Hye Youn Rupright, MSW, Grant Writer

Melinda Griffith,Senior Account Clerk

Carol Roberson, Administrative Assistant

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