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GPS Fund Grants

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 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.

Click here for a snapshot of the process and important dates.

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) 

Priority Focus

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

  • Early Career Educators, and/or
  • 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).

Learn more awarded grants, and other grants available to NEA affiliates.

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 assistance 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.

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: GPSFund-PF@nea.org

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.

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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.