CAPS Grants FAQ's 2019

1. What is CAPS?

The Committee for Atascadero Public Schools (CAPS) was created in 2007 to help enrich the educational experience of AUSD students through awarding grants to certificated AUSD educators. CAPS is comprised of dedicated members of the AUSD school community who volunteer their time to plan, organize, and execute an annual Fundraising Dinner/Auction. The “Evening for Education” is held each August and has raised more than $880,000 since its inception.

2. What is a CAPS Grant?

It is a Grant that is awarded to an AUSD certificated employee to encourage and reward the creativity of teachers whose passion is to effectively reach and educate children.

3. How is the Grant money divided?

It is a priority for CAPS to ensure that all schools, educational abilities and grade levels are given fair and proportional consideration. After the annual fundraiser, the total amount of money is divided by the enrollment of the District. Each school site is awarded an amount based on their enrollment.

4. How is the maximum amount for a Grant determined?

It varies from year to year, depending on the total funds raised. The Committee makes this determination. For 2019, the committee will consider grants ranging from $100-$1,500.

5. What do readers look for in a Grant?

CAPS is looking for Grants that address the needs of children throughout AUSD, and exhibit the following criteria:

  • Outside-the-box thinking;
  • Activities that have positive and applicable skills; and give educators the ability to take their educational passions to the next level without spending a considerable portion of their own income

6. How do I apply for a Grant?

Look for an email letting you know that the grant window is open and download the Grant Application from the CAPS website:

You will have 2 weeks to write and submit your Grant – September 16-30, 2019. Work with your grade level, department, and school to be able to make the most of the money that is allotted to your school.

7. Who reads the Grant?

The readers are comprised of retired AUSD teachers, specifically one from each grade span; elementary, middle school and high school. They do not know the names of the writers – only grade level and school. There is one person on this committee who does know the grant writer – in case a question comes up. This person does not have a “vote” on the grants.

8. Can a CAPS Grant be partially funded? Why?

Yes, if you specify that it can be. This would take effect if the amount of grant requests from at your school site exceed the amount provided to the site, or if there has been an increase in the cost of your request since the time it was submitted.

9. Can a CAPS Grant be denied? Why?

Yes. Most common reasons for denial:

  • Not following the protocol of the Grant (see “How to Successfully Write a CAPS Grant” on our website).
  • Asking for more than the designated amount.
  • Not having an administrator’s signature.
  • Not itemizing the items that you want to purchase (including shipping and tax), where applicable.
  • Not submitting the Grant application on the form provided by CAPS.
  • Handwritten Grants.

If you have questions, contact CAPS Grant Chair, Nicole Hider, at