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Grants to USA Educators for Professional Development Activities,
Especially Those Related to COVID-19 or Racial Equity

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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The NEA Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/22/21

Description:

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Grants of $2,000 and grants of $5,000 to USA eligible educators for professional development activities. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) needs or racial equity topics. Eligible applicants include teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, and education support professionals who are members of NEA.

Educators frequently need outside resources to engage in meaningful professional development due to limited district funding. Through the Learning & Leadership grants, NEA supports the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to:

  • Individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research
  • Groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

NEA encourages applicants to use these applications to request support for ongoing response efforts to needs that emerged or worsened due to the pandemic, as well as for racial equity work. However, NEA will also consider applications that do not fall into either of these categories.

Grant funds can be used for travel, room, meals, registration fees, materials, etc. for individual grants. For group grants, funds can be used for educator stipends, substitute fees, materials, travel, meals, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189519

Estimated Size of Grant:

Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be teachers, education support professionals, or specialized instructional support personnel and must be current NEA members.

Education support professionals (ESPs) are defined as: paraeducators, school bus drivers or other transportation staff, custodial and maintenance staff food services staff, school nurses, health aides and other health and student services staff clerical staff, security staff, skilled trades staff, and technical services staff.

Specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) include professionals such as school counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, library media specialists, speech pathologists and others.

Current NEA Foundation grantees are ineligible for this funding opportunity. A successful proposal will also make an individual ineligible for other NEA Foundation funding opportunities, until the grant is successfully completed and closed out.

Unfortunately, the following groups may not apply as either the lead or partner:
- Educators who are not members of the National Education Association
- Employees, members of the board of directors, and immediate family members of the staff and board of the NEA Foundation
- Employees of the National Education Association

Grant funds cannot be used to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, salaries, or lobbying or religious purposes. Grant funds may not be used to reimburse expenses incurred prior to the notification date.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:
- Application Period: April 26 - June 30, 2021
- Notifications: August 16, 2021
- Application Period: June 16 - October 22, 2021
- 2021 Notifications: December 15, 2021

Application Guidance: https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/learning-and-leadership-grants/application-guidance/
FAQs: https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/learning-and-leadership-grants/grantee-faqs/
Writing Tutorial: https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/grant-resources/writing-tutorial/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/ao_login.login?x_gm_id=2862&x_proposal_type_id=9975

The NEA Foundation
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-822-7840
Fax: 202-822-7779
Email: neafoundation@nea.org

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