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NEA Partnership Funding

Grant Opportunities for NEA Members

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(Note to applicants: we are providing a MSWORD template of the respective applications for you to work on at your leisure. Once you have all the information required and you have answered each question on the MSWord template, you are ready to submit your application by clicking on the “Submit your XXX application”. You will be able to cut and paste your responses. If you have questions, there is a link for each application to submit any questions).

NEA Members: Affiliate Partnership Funding Applications Without Deadlines

Legislative Crisis: 

The Campaigns and Elections Department has resources available to assist state affiliates facing legislation that will create a significant crisis for the state affiliate and our members

To apply for an Legislative Crisis Grant, click HERE

Ballot Measure:

The Campaigns and Elections Department has resources available to assist state affiliates facing ballot measures that will impact our members.

To apply for an Ballot Measure Grant, click HERE


The Center for Organizing has resources available in support of strategic organizing projects that are developed collaboratively between state affiliate leadership, affected locals and NEA. The resources include training, coaching, convening or workshop costs, and direct resources. These resources are designed for projects that promote or advance the NEA Strategic Goals while building capacity to engage and recruit members to lead on issues affecting their professional practice and equity of resources and opportunities for all students.

To apply for an Organizing Grant, click HERE

NEA Members: Affiliate Partnership Funding Applications With Deadlines

Read Across America Event Grant

NEA State Affiliates may apply for a “Read Across America Event Grant” to enhance state affiliate-coordinated Read Across America events and/or activities based on the theme of “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.”  Emphasis should be placed on diverse books from diverse authors that will appeal to an increasingly diverse student population. Affiliates may apply for any amount up to a maximum of $20,000. Ideally, event(s) or activities should occur on or about “NEA’s Read Across America Day,” which is Monday, March 2, 2020. More information on Read Across America can be found at:

Local President Release Time Program (LPRTP):

The NEA established the Local President Release Time Program to encourage the growth and development of NEA’s local associations. The program’s objective has been to provide financial assistance towards the full-time or part-time release of local presidents to encourage growth and strength in our local associations.  The presence of a full-time or part-time release local president will add to the effectiveness in which the locals can contribute to NEA’s Strategic Priorities.

  • Application process opens November 6, 2019. 
  • Deadline for completed applications is January 21, 2020.

To learn more or to apply for the Local President Release Time Grant, click HERE
For questions, please email

Center for Great Public Schools State & Local Project Grants:

The National Education Association’s (NEA) Center for Great Public Schools announces the availability of State & Local Project Grants for Affiliates to develop and support practices and resources that promote a quality education profession; that incubate sound practices and gather key learnings that aid student success; and that promote a system that establishes the value of a quality, professionalized educator workforce and the role of the Association in creating and sustaining a system of professional supports.

Grant topics focus on the following two key education profession levers:

  • Family/Community Partnerships:  These grants are designed to develop, implement, or support programs that engage communities in improving the educational attainment and success of all children, particularly children of color or underserved youth in economically deprived communities.
  • Supporting Educators Across the Career Continuum:  The focus of these grants is to assist Affiliate engagement in programs and activities designed to support all educators across their career continuum to ensure student success.  Within this focus, a priority is given to supporting the retention and professional success of educators of color.

Typically, funded grant requests range from $3,000 to $25,000 over a 1-year period.

  • To review the grant guidelines or begin your application, please click here.
  • Deadline: September 15, 2020
  • For questions, please email

Great Public Schools Fund (GPS Fund):

The NEA’s Great Public Schools Fund Grants (GPS Fund Grants) advance the goal of great public schools for every student. GPS Fund Grants are intended to help NEA State and Local Affiliates enhance the quality of public education by developing, implementing and leading an agenda that engages members with an emphasis on student-centered success and well-being through union-led efforts.

The NEA Board of Directors has approved new GPS Fund Grant Guidelines as of February 8, 2020.  The updated guidelines (found here) change the GPS Fund from a semi-annual deadline to an annual deadline, which will be February 1st of each year.  To start the process, there will be a Planning Grant application due on September 15th, which - if awarded - will make affiliates eligible to apply for a full GPS Fund Grant the following February 1st.

Both the Planning Grant and GPS Fund Grant are competitive in nature, and there is no guarantee of award for either.  Likewise, award of a Planning Grant does not guarantee award of a GPS Fund Grant.

Application Deadlines 

Stage 1 - Planning Grant Application Deadline:  September 15, 2020 (notifications will be made by October 15, 2020)

Stage 2 - GPS Fund Application Deadline:  February 1, 2021 (only affiliates awarded a Planning Grant are invited/eligible to apply) 

Please click here for a snapshot of important dates.

Priority Focus
For the next round of applications, the Priority Focus will include:

  1. Early Career Educators, and/or
  2. Racial Justice in Education

By including one or both of the focus areas, your application will receive a small scoring bonus (depending on how robust and extensive that focus is).  Focusing on both early career educators and racial justice in education will increase your bonus opportunity (compared to focusing on just one).

Recorded Webinars - Grant Writing Tips
This series of recorded webinars will help potential applicants understand the GPS Fund grant process while also providing useful tips. Please click here for the links.

Recorded Webinars - Summer 2019 Grantee Series

This series of recorded webinars will provide examples of successful and impactful grant work. Please click here for the links.

Planning Grant Application

The deadline for submission of a Planning Grant application is no later than September 15th of each year, with awards communicated no later than            October 15th. Only affiliates that are awarded Planning Grants are eligible to continue the process and submit a full GPS Fund application by February 1st.

After October 15th, those affiliates awarded Planning Grants will receive a small amount of funding and other technical assitance from NEA in order to workshop and flesh out their proposals in anticipation of the February 1st GPS Fund application deadline.

The next Planning Grant application deadline is September 15th, 2020. To download the "Planning Grant Preparation & Support Packet," download the Scope of Work and Budget templates, or begin your application, please click here.

For questions, please email:

GPS Fund Application
The next GPS Fund application deadline is February 1, 2021.  Only affiliates that have been awarded a Planning Grant will be invited/eligible to apply.  To review the grant guidelines, download a PDF copy of the application for offline review, or begin your application, please click here.

For questions, please email:

Additional Information:

Please join us virtually to communicate and collaborate around grants in our new edCommunities site!  It’s free and easy to join – just click here to register and follow the “NEA Grants 4 Great Public Schools” group.  Important grant information, including links to recorded webinars, will live here, and also feel free to ask questions of the larger grants community!

Community Advocacy and Partnership Engagement Grant:

Community Advocacy & Partnership Engagement Grant:

The NEA Community Advocacy & Partnership Engagement (CAPE) Department provides state and local partnership funding grants that are intended to assist state/local affiliates to identify, engage, and mobilize community organizations and community leaders around increasing student achievement (specifically for students of color), engaging members who have participated in leadership trainings, and creating union roles to build capacity to engage community partners.

Grant considerations are made on the following strategic priorities:.

  • Initiatives to improve student achievement, particularly in communities of color;
  • Engaging NEA members who have been trained in NEA’s leadership trainings or those who have a demonstrated record of activism for the purpose of furthering social justice activism and/or professional issues activism;
  • Establishing or institutionalizing new union roles related to parent and/or community engagement;
  • Focus on advancing NEA’s priority on racial justice in education.
  • Submit your CAPE Partnership Funding Application Here
    For questions, please email 

State Media Assistance Program:

State Association Media Grants are intended to advance the cause of public education and publicize the role of the Association and its Affiliates in improving the quality of public education. The State Media Grants proactively advance the Association’s mission through image and reputation campaigns that strengthen the Association’s image among key audiences and the public.

Organizing in Urban Locals:

NEA's C40 Urban Grant funding can be used to support your local's efforts to increase membership and build its power by identifying issues, strengthening worksite leader systems and structures, and implementing organizing campaigns.

Find our online application/template, evaluation, and guidelines forms HERE

For questions, please email 

Retired Organizing


Each year the NEA Center for Organizing, in collaboration with NEA-Retired, awards State Organizing Grants to State Retired entities. Grant awards will not exceed $7,000 annually. No State Retired Organization shall receive more than two grants per year. 

Grants must be used for Membership Recruitment ,Organizing New Retired Locals, Retired Organizing Projects, Creating Retired Activists, Developing Retired Leaders , Developing and Strengthening Community Partnerships.

Find our online application/template, evaluation, and guidelines forms HERE

Deadline: August 15

For questions, please email:

Student-Centered Bargaining and Advocacy

NEA’s Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy Department (CBMA) will be awarding grants to affiliates to design and implement student-centered initiatives through collective bargaining or other forms of advocacy. Affiliates have used these grants to:

  • Unite educators with parents, communities, and students to advocate and bargain for the schools that students deserve.
  • Open up negotiations and make collective bargaining a more transparent process.
  • Advocate for students away from the bargaining table.
  • Join the Red for Ed movement to improve educator pay, preserve health care and pensions, increase education funding, and achieve student-centered victories through collective bargaining and other forms advocacy.
  • Bargain for the Common Good.

Find our online application form, FAQs, and student-centered advocacy attributes document here.

Aspiring Educators CREATE Grants 


State Aspiring Educators (AE) organizations and campus chapters are eligible to apply for CREATE grants.  These grants of up to $2000 should strengthen the AE Program and build stronger partnerships.  Grants should also have a primary focus in one of the areas aligned with AE Core Values:


EDUCATOR QUALITY – Projects involving preparation for professional practice, strengthening educator preparation programs, and/or support for career preparation and advancement

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT – Projects involving partnerships with P-12 schools, local organizations, and other community-based involvement

POLITICAL ACTION – Projects involving advocacy for policies, legislation, and political issues with an impact on education

SOCIAL JUSTICE – Projects involving social justice issues activism and/or that contribute to the development of aspiring educator knowledge, skills, and dispositions as culturally responsive educators.


Submission deadlines occur twice each year - October 15 and February 1.  For assistance with grant applications, contact Blake West (  Click HERE for the online CREATE Grant application.

ESSA/Educator Voice Local Grants

As the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) continues to be implemented throughout the country, NEA’s My School My Voice (MSMV) program aims to ensure that educators are making key teaching and learning decisions affecting students. Educators’ voices and those of families and students are critical to ensuring great public schools. NEA’s MSMV grants support local affiliates as they engage educators in advocating for equity in public schools. To that end, the MSMV grants support local affiliates in encouraging all educators to participate in the work of their association. 

The MSMV grants can fund programmatic work that amplifies educator voice to achieve policy and/or practice wins, or to build and strengthen collaborative structures to support student learning. Examples of qualifying projects include:

  • supporting local activities that identify access and opportunity gaps and move toward sustainable solutions;
  • building coalitions and leveraging existing partnerships that support educators driving decisions in local ESSA implementation efforts;
  • engaging members and non-members in working to ensure local ESSA implementation plans include educator voices, as well as those of other key stakeholders;
  • moving local priorities for winning policies that incorporate educator voice to create opportunities for all students to succeed.

Find our online application/template and guidelines Here