Q: What is Wishes for Teachers?

A: Created in 2016, the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program grants classroom wishes to teachers across the state of Arizona. The Fiesta Bowl organization saw that many teachers spent their own money to enhance their classroom experience and developed a program to aid teachers in that effort. As a way to thank and honor Arizona educators, each fall teachers are invited to fill out an online application detailing their school and classroom wish. Wishes are selected by a random drawing to receive a $5,000 grant. All wish recipients are invited to walk in the Fiesta Bowl Parade and be recognized on-field at the Cheez-It® Bowl. In its first two years, Wishes for Teachers granted over $1.2 million to Arizona teachers, impacting over 60,000 kids across the state.

Q: Who is eligible to receive funding?

A: All public and charter school teachers grade Kindergarten – 12 in the state of Arizona.

Q: If I have been granted a wish previously, am I still eligible to receive another grant?
A: YES! You can apply every year and are eligible to receive another $5,000 grant.

Q: Where do I go to apply?

A: All applications are submitted online. Please click this link to begin your application:

Q: How long does an application take to fill out?

A: On average, about 15 – 20 minutes.

Q: When will I find out if I am a grant recipient of the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program?

A: All recipients will be notified via cell phone on October 25th, 2018 between 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm (MST). Recipients will be sent an email confirmation the following day, October 26th, with all additional details. All recipients will be posted on on October 25th after 6:30 pm.

Q: How much money do I receive if I win?

A: If you are randomly selected as a Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers recipient, you will be awarded $5,000 to spend as you like. The $5,000 gift will be donated to your classroom utilizing our partner, DonorsChoose, where recipients will post a project, receive funding from the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program and then receive the goods directly to their school.

Q: What are the terms and conditions of this funding?


Q: What is expected of me if I am a recipient?

A: All recipients will be expected to attend the 30th Annual Cheez-It Bowl on December 26th, 2018 and be recognized on-field during half time. If the recipient is unable to attend, another teacher may attend in the recipient’s place. Each recipient will receive two (2) tickets to the game. Additionally, recipients will be invited to walk in the Fiesta Bowl Parade on December 29th, 2018 starting at 10:00 am MST with the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers buses. More details will be provided to recipients once selected.

Q: Who will be my main point of contact if I receive funding?

A: The Fiesta Bowl Charities team works hard to make sure you receive all the information you need to fulfill your granted wish as a recipient. Please email or call our office at 480.350.0900 with any questions you may have.

Q: How are the recipients chosen?

A: The Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program selects all recipients at random. All applicants are assigned a number and then a random number generator is utilized to select the winning numbers.

Q: How many recipients will be selected this year?

A: We are excited to be granting $1 Million to Arizona educators this fall, so 200 deserving teachers will receive a $5,000 wish.