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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

Ballot Measure:

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


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. 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 Friday, March 1, 2018. More information on Read Across America can be found at:

Local President Release Time Program (LPRTP):

The Local President Release Time Program was formed 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, so as to build and strengthen the association from the grassroots.The presence of a full-time or part-time release local president will add to the effectiveness with which the locals can contribute to NEA’s Strategic Focus, Plan, and Priorities.

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.
  • Leading the Education Professions:  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. 

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, 2019
  • 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 Affiliates enhance the quality of public education by developing, implementing and leading an agenda that engages members with an emphasis on student-centered success through  union led efforts.

Grant application deadlines are bi-annual. The application process is comprised of first submitting an Intent to Apply form 30-60 days prior to the deadline to give the Center background on your potential proposal and amount requested, and then submitting the application itself before the deadline.

  • Deadlines: Every June 1 and December 1, continuing with the next deadline on December 1, 2019. 
  • Awarded GPS Fund Grants
  • GPS Fund 5-Year Report  (2013-2018) ( PDF, 791 KB, 33 pgs.)
  • GPS Fund Annual Report (2018-19) ( PDF, 5 MB, 30 pgs.)
  • GPS Fund Guidelines ( MSWORD, 66.9 KB, 5 pgs.)
    Last updated: September 2018
    Note that the ten criteria used to evaluate grant applications are included in these guidelines. Scoring is based upon how well aligned the proposed work is with each of the criteria.
  • Priority Focus
    For the next application deadline on December 1, 2019, the Priority Focus will include:
    1) Early Career Educators, and/or
    2) Racial Justice in Education
    Your application can choose to focus on either area, both areas, or none of the above.  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 ( MSWORD, 13.4 KB, 1 pg.)
    This series of recorded webinars will help potential applicants understand the GPS Fund grant process while also providing useful tips.
  • Submit your Intent to Apply for a GPS Fund Grant
    The Intent to Apply window will be open from October 1-31, 2019. Please use the above link to submit your form while the window is open.
    *Note that your Intent form must be submitted during the open window in order to guarantee feedback from one of our grant coordinators in advance of the next application deadline.*
  • W-9 Form ( PDF, 116 KB, 4 pgs.)
    If you do not have a current and completed W-9 Form on file with the NEA, please complete this form and submit it as part of your application under Optional Additional Attachments.
  • Submit your GPS Fund Grant application 
    The application window will be open from November 1 to December 1, 2019.  All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM Local Time on December 1st in order to be considered.
  • For questions, please email
  • 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;

• 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 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. The grants are designed to:

  • assist affiliates with their student-centered contract campaigns, or
  • help them create new programs, or
  • refine existing practices that demonstrate a commitment to improving learning conditions that are sustainable beyond the term of the grant.

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 1 and February 1.  For assistance with grant applications, contact Blake West (  Click HERE for the online CREATE Grant application.