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Safe and Just Schools Partnership Funding

The Safe and Just Schools Partnership Funding is available to Affiliates and Chapters who demonstrate commitment and capacity to implement and explore initiatives and partnerships to dismantle systemic inequities and unjust education practices that hinder healthy, safe, and just learning and working environments for each and every student, educator, or public employee in their worksites and communities.
Published: 09/30/2020

The National Education Association (NEA) announces the availability of Safe and Just Schools Partnership Funding to Affiliates and Chapters who demonstrate commitment and capacity to implement and explore initiatives and partnerships to dismantle systemic inequities and unjust education practices that hinder healthy, safe, and just learning and working environments for each and every student, educator, or public employee in their worksites and communities.

Applications will be accepted between now and July 31, 2021, with awards contingent upon available funding.  Awards are one-year in term and typically range from $3,000 to $75,000 depending on the number of members, students, or community members associated with the grant.

Applications will receive a response within 30 days of submission.

Safe and Just Schools Partnership Funding Guidelines 2020-2021

The goals of 2020-2021 Safe and Just Schools Partnership Funding Awards are:

1. Ensure that public schools and institutions of higher education will protect the health, safety and the civil rights of students and adults.

2. Ensure that all plans for the 2020-2021 school year address racial and social justice, with a priority on the needs of native people, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

3. Adapt high quality, equitable instructional practices and develop tools for virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning contexts with an emphasis on:

  1. advancing racial justice;
  2. eradicating white supremacy culture; and
  3. creating a culture of professional excellence.

4. Strengthen the connection between members and the NEA by developing sustainable member listening and communications that:

  1. identify educators' needs; and
  2. demonstrate that NEA is advocating for their health and safety, their professional practice, and the well-being of all students.

5. Increase membership through intentional and innovative experiments related to membership recruitment, engagement, and retention throughout the re-opening phases.

6. Test and implement new ways to recruit and engage community allies, with specific focus on parents and families.

Application Process

Before you Begin:

1. Have an electronic copy of your Affiliate’s completed IRS W-9 Form available on your computer (you will be required to upload it in the next step). Download blank IRS W-9 Form. If you do not know your affiliate’s Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN), you can use the following links to look it up:

  1. State Affiliates EIN Quick Lookup
  2. Local Affiliates EIN Lookup via IRS Database

2. To submit your Affiliate's completed W-9, please click here. Within the capture form, please make sure to select the appropriate Center/Department to whom your affiliate is submitting a grant request.      

3. Download a copy of the blank Safe and Just Schools Partnership Funding Grant application, to familiarize yourself with it and gather all required information.

How to Apply:

1. You will be required to create an NEA Applicant ID and Password if you are applying for the first time.  To create a new NEA Applicant ID and Password, click the New Applicant? link under the E-mail input box on the first page of the application and follow instructions.

2. Next you will be prompted for your Affiliate's EIN.  You should already have this number from Step 1 of Before you Begin.  If you cannot locate your EIN using the search resources provides and your grant application is time sensitive, a link is provided to bypass this requirement.

3. Once in the application, provide all required information.  The Save and Finish Later button will save your in-progress application to your NEA Applicant Account to complete later.

4. Finally, once you feel your application is complete, click the Review and Submit button.  Missing information will be flagged, and you will have to provide it before you can submit your application.

For questions, please email CGPS-PF@nea.org.

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