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Office of Grants and Program Development


Our goal

The Office of Grants and Program Development 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 Office of Grants and Program Developement 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 the 2014-2015 school year, the Office of Grants and Program Development managed more than $16.8 million in grant awards. 


For the 2015-2016 school year, new and continuing grants include:

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

  • BelleJAR Foundation: Supports planning at the middle and high school level to design a comprehensive and aligned, grades 6-12 continuum college and career readiness supports.

  • Special Legislative Funds: Support extended day programming at Albany High School.

  • Expanded Prekindergarten: Increases the availability of full-day, prekindergarten placements for three and four year old children in community-based locations.

  • Math-Science Partnership: Establishes a two-year, math-focused professional development series for K-2 teachers and building leaders.

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

  • Mentor Teacher Internship Program: Identifies mentor-new teachers pairs to foster self-assessment, professional confidence, and independence in new teachers.

  • Perkins Career and Technical Education: Helps Albany High School and Abrookin Career and Technical Center provide students with a strong experience and understanding in select professional industries, promote college and career readiness and improve quality career education pathways.

  • Priority Prekindergarten: Increases the number of full-day, prekindergarten placements for students in both schools and community-based locations.

  • Project AWARE: Delivers "Youth Mental Health First Aid," a national mental health awareness and understanding training to school district and community members.

  • 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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