ACE Grants

Since its founding in November 2005, ACE has granted over $1,000,000 to the Andover schools. Focused on innovation and impact, ACE funds initiatives with the potential for sustainability and scalability across the Andover school system. Our initiatives span the full spectrum of academic disciplines and vary based on need from year to year.

The vast majority of ACE initiatives are funded at the district level. These initiatives are identified through working closely with the Superintendent’s office and are fully vetted and reviewed by the ACE Board. In addition, a portion of our funding goes directly to teacher-inspired ideas through the Teaching Innovation Fund.

Please click here for more information on contributing or volunteering to support these efforts!

Our Past Grants

Student Empowered Leaders (SEL) Lab

January and March 2024|$13,000 Overview AHS student mentors and staff participated in an ACE-funded Student Empowered Leaders (SEL) Leadership Lab presented by Ignite Nation. The SEL Lab provides leadership and skill-building training to empower and equip students...

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Civics for Everyone!

November 2023|Total Granted: $17,920 Overview This fall, ACE committed to supporting the district’s goal of expanding experiential learning in social studies so that every student, in every grade, every year, will participate in civics and social...

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Investments in Engineering: Middle and High School

November/December 2022| Total Granted: $32,636 Overview ACE’s investment in engineering at the middle and high school continued with support for new, technologically advanced equipment for APS's engineering program. ACE is thankful to two corporate partners,...

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On the Same Page

August 2022| Total Granted: $41,465 Overview APS Middle School Library Author Series  The middle school years: the make or break years when it comes to galvanizing a student's love of literature. There is no better way to excite a young reader than having their...

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Andover High + ACE + NuVu = Engineering Success

August 2021| Total Granted: $20,000 Overview When today’s future engineers are tasked to problem solve they have the tools they need to succeed.  Gone are the days of teens using toothpicks to build bridges and calling it engineering. Today Andover’s savvy high...

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Take-home Science and Art Kits

January 2021: Total Granted: $25,000 Overview Middle School Take-Home Science and Art Kits ACE is committed to supporting the new hybrid and remote learning plans in our schools.  We are facing a reality that students must engage with the curriculum differently...

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Elementary Strings Initiative

June 2020: Total Granted: $50,000 Overview No Strings Attached – This year, a major focus of support for ACE is the expansion of the grade 3 music curriculum to include the introduction of strings instruments, free of charge, to every student in need.  The...

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World Ready Lab (WRL)

August 2019: Grant Awarded: $26,500 World Ready Lab (WRL) – ACE provided a grant in 2019 to fund the launch of the WRL.  Our educators are integrating design thinking principles to prepare our students to be “world-ready” as they move through their academic...

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Classroom Library Initiative

December 2018: Total Granted: $31,750 Overview The Reading Workshop Model, A District Priority Andover Public School is in the first year of a three year implementation plan to introduce the Reading Workshop model in the elementary schools.  Reading Workshop is...

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Teaching Innovation Fund

April 2018 Total Granted: $12,646 Overview As ACE continues to grow and seeks to deepen our impact, a new initiative was launched in the spring of 2018 that will complement our district-level support. This initiative - the ACE Teaching Innovation Fund- aims to support...

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2018 Total Granted:  $37,800 Overview The Andover_Portal is the world’s first public school district to host a Portal, that will celebrate and engage the historic, emergent, and thriving global community throughout the Merrimack Valley. The Andover_Portal exists as a...

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CAPS Pilot Program for 5th and 8th Grade

March 2018 Total Granted: $6,500 Building on the momentum and success at the high school, ACE is excited to expand its support of authentic learning experiences at both the elementary and middle school through a piloted K-12 CAPStone program this year. ACE recently...

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IDEAStudio at Andover High School

March 2018 Total Granted:  $47,500   The APS IDEAStudio (next level Makerstudio) IDEAS = Innovation + Design + Engineering + Arts and Sciences Because the Sciences help us understand how the world works and the Arts help us understand how we will work in the...

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iLab Venture

March 2017 Total Granted: $3,600 AHS iLab created the opportunity to create the Smart Garden, a computer controlled hydroponic greenhouse. While over 20 students worked on the development of the smart garden over three semesters, 3 students were allowed to travel to...

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Visiting Artist Program

March 2017 Total Granted: $25,000 ACE committed $25,000 to create a Visiting Artist Program, which will benefit children across the district in k-12. Examples of artists already collaborating or scheduled to engage with our students in the development of visual and...

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Of Many Colors: A Family Diversity Exhibit

In  September 2015, ACE provided $4000 to bring an exhibit called Of Many Colors to all public elementary schools in Andover. Of Many Colors includes photographs and interviews with 20 families (children, teens, and adults) who have bridged the racial divide through...

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Maker Studios

Grant Date: 2015 ACE Grant: $34,000 WHAT: ACE was thrilled to award Andover Public Schools (APS) a $34,000 grant to create and enhance "Maker Studios" across all school levels within the APS District. Within just a few short months of awarding the grant, the Maker...

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Inspire Our Students to Succeed

ACE is a Field of Interest Fund of the Essex County Community Foundation (MA), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (Tax ID 04-3407816.) Donations to ACE are tax-deductible.

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Andover Coalition for Education
P.O. Box 1521
Andover, MA 01810