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For NEA Affiliates

In an effort to ensure that each child attends a great public school and that we continue to build strong affiliates, NEA provides partnership funding to state and local affiliates.

NEA Federal Rescue Implementation Network

The NEA Network grant program provides funding to NEA state affiliates to hire a coordinator to support implementation of federal recovery initiatives to support public education. This opportunity is renewable for up to 2 years.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


NEA’s Read Across America State Affiliate Event Grant

NEA state affiliates may apply for a "Read Across America Grant" to enhance state affiliate coordinated Read Across America events and/or activities grounded in celebrating key ingredients in building a nation of diverse readers—books, reading, and the freedom to learn. This grant program encourages proposals that use funds as a way to get diverse books into the hands of students. Affiliates may apply for any amount up to a maximum of $7,500. A total of $50,000 will be awarded. While event(s) or activities may occur or launch on or about "NEA's Read Across America Day" 2024, proposals that increase awareness of Read Across America’s year-round focus on the importance, value, and fun of reading and sharing diverse books, are strongly encouraged.


For questions, please email [email protected].

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.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For questions, please contact your assigned NEA Campaigns and Elections field staff.


Ballot Measure

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For questions, please contact your assigned NEA Campaigns and Elections field staff.



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.


Contact your Zone Director with Questions

Professional Excellence Grants

The National Education Association (NEA) announces the availability of Professional Excellence Grants for State and Local 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.


For questions, please email [email protected]

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 annual deadline for a planning grant is September 15.

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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.

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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.

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For questions, email [email protected].

Retired Organizing

Each year the NEA Center for Organizing, in collaboration with NEA-Retired, awards State Organizing Grants to State Retired entities. 

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.

The application deadline is August 15.

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For questions, please email [email protected].

NEA Organizing Fellowship Academy (NOFA)

We are looking for a few good organizers. Looking to possibly change careers? Looking to support the labor movement and public education? The NEA Organizing Fellowship Academy seeks to train member leaders in the skills of organizing and advocating for members. This experience is open to members of a local NEA affiliate and subject to approval by the State Affiliate & NEA. Elected leaders that apply for the program must resign from their governance position if they are selected to participate in the program.

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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 out more

For questions, please email [email protected].

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 three times each year: February 1, June 15, and October 15.


 For assistance with grant applications, contact [email protected].  

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.


For questions, please email [email protected]

Community Advocacy and 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.

More Information

For questions, please email [email protected] 

Center for Racial and Social Justice—Racial Justice in Education Grant

The NEA Human and Civil Rights (HCR) Department coordinates and administers the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) funding grants to state and local affiliates to further drive the core strategies of the racial justice in education work: Awareness, Capacity-Building, and Action. The CRSJ Racial Justice in Education Grants allow us to partner with affiliates to test our theory of change that If we advance awareness of what is possible and who/what is getting in the way of that possibility, and if we build capacity to address those factors, then together we can accelerate action-taking to advance racial and social justice.

Racial Justice in Education Grant considerations are made inclusive of the following strategic outcomes:

  • Explicitly addresses racial equity and justice (fairness and justice across racial groups) and the elimination of racism (racial inequities, disparities and bias) in its goals and plans.
  • Deliberate strategies to develop and expand the leadership of people of color, including Aspiring Educators, early career educators of color, students, families, parents, and other stakeholders of color.
  • Specific activities that build connections and solidarity across different racial groups—internally and externally—to build multiracial unity and power.
  • Organizational change, development and transformation strategies and activities that result in the development and implementation of equitable policies and practices.

more information

For questions, please email [email protected].

Disability Rights and Inclusion (DRI) Coalition Grant

To support the formation of an alliance of NEA local affiliates that will advocate on behalf of educators and students with disabilities, the NEA has created the Disability Rights and Inclusion (DRI) Coalition Grant Program. DRI coalition affiliates will receive a one-time grant of up to $25,000 to implement initiatives that build member advocacy and action. In 2024, up to four grants will be awarded to local affiliates. Recipients will need to identify a problem or challenge affecting educators and/or students with disabilities and commit to an action plan, led by a disability rights and inclusion expert.

  • APPLICATION LIVE: April 1, 2024
  • APPLICATION CLOSES: May 15, 2024 at 11:59PM PST

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National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.