A for Arizona announced today 15 awardees of Arizona Transportation Modernization Grant Program, an initiative to modernize K-12 transportation options and improve access to reliable and safe transportation for students. The grant program provides resources to incubate ideas to improve transportation access for K-12 students and to accelerate transit innovation and efficiency.

“For the past two years, we have seen incredible innovations and ideas from our local school leaders when it comes to reimagining our school transportation system,” said Kevin Youngblood, President and CEO of A for Arizona. “This grant has proven that the solutions to our current transportation challenges exist, but we need to support and empower school leaders who understand the needs of their students and community. We have been impressed by the quality and caliber of the awardees and look forward to seeing the impact of their transportation programs.”

In this third grant cycle, A for Arizona awarded more than $12 million dollars in grant awards to fund 15 proposals across 8 counties in Arizona, with over 70% of monies expended in remote and hard to reach communities. 

Awardees include:

  • Avondale Elementary School District
  • Cartwright School District No. 83/Phoenix Union High School District
  • Chinle Unified School District
  • Colorado River HS District #2
  • Empower College Prep
  • Espiritu Schools
  • Foundation for Blind Children
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s ElevateEdAZ program
  • Laveen Elementary School District #59
  • Mobile Elementary School District
  • Mohave Valley Elementary School District
  • Mountain Institute CTED – CTEC Campus
  • Paul Revere Academy/Heritage Academy
  • Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
  • West-MEC

Awardees will deliver a wide range of solutions to tackle problems identified at the local level. The innovative solutions include centralized transportation to Career and Technical Education campuses; building a shared electric vehicle central charging station for two districts; and purchasing electric scooters and bicycles specifically tailored for school kids, providing them with a sustainable, cost-effective, and convenient alternative for their daily commute. 

Meet the Recipients


About A for Arizona
At A for Arizona, we work to ensure every K-12 student can achieve a future without limits by providing access to high-quality schools and learning environments in every community. We imagine a day where excellence has spread, and failure has fallen away, leaving only the best learning options available for all students.