NEA Foundation Grants

The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students.

Throughout the year, the NEA Foundation awards over 150 grants to support educators’ efforts to close the achievement gaps, develop creative learning opportunities for students, and enhance their own professional development.

OEA encourages all eligible educational professionals to apply for these grants. There are two primary grant categories open to all public education professionals:

  1. Student Achievement
  2. Learning & Leadership
Student Achievement Grants: $5,000

These grants promote classroom innovation and engage students in critical thinking, inquiry, and self-direct learning that deepens knowledge of standards-based subject matter. Approximately 75 awards are announced annually.

Criteria / Proposed learning opportunity should:

  • Include specific and measurable goals for student that are rigorous and aligned to state standards
  • Include activities that engage students in critical thinking and problem solving
  • Align goals, assessment, activities, and budget
Learning & Leadership Grants:

These grants support high-quality professional development opportunities, including, Summer Institutes, action research, collegial study, lesson study, and mentoring. Approximately 75 grants are award annually —$2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups.

Criteria /Proposed professional development should:

  • Be directly related to a clear and compelling student need, based on data
  • Include collegial sharing that is interactive and sustained over time
  • Be likely to improve student achievement
  • Include a budget that is appropriate to the project goals
Applying for Foundation Grants:

Applicants must be a practicing U.S. public school employee:

  • PreK-12 teachers
  • Education support professionals
  • Higher education faculty and staff

As a grantee, you are expected to:

  • Fully implement your proposed plan
  • Complete a final report that includes a narrative of your project’s accomplishments and a financial report of expenditures
  • Share any materials developed and press clippings collected
  • Share your findings with colleagues and others

Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed three times a year, beginning on February 1, June 1, and October 15. The NEA Foundation offers writing tips for grants on its website at The site also includes brief descriptions of past recipients’ work.

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