Please check your application for compliance with these guidelines. Complete all required information. Assign a fiscal sponsor if desired. Failure to complete any of these items will disqualify your application.


All proposals must be submitted through the NEA Foundation’s online grant system.


The lead applicant will be the NEA Foundation’s contact person for award notification, reporting, publicity, and other grant-related activities. Administrators may not serve as either the lead or partner applicant. Applications missing lead applicant data will not be considered. The lead applicant must be a current member of the National Education Association. 

All proposals must include partner information. The partner should be prepared to assume leadership of the project should the lead applicant be unable to complete the work. Administrators may not serve as either the lead or partner applicant. Applications without partner data will not be considered. The partner applicant must be a current member of the National Education Association.

The information for the fiscal sponsor should be entered in this section. Some of the information may already be entered based on the information used during the registration process. If no fiscal sponsor is being utilized the information contained below should be that of the lead applicant. Grant funds will be made payable to the lead applicant and reported to the Internal Revenue Service. The grant funds may be considered taxable income, so the lead applicant may wish to consult with his or her tax advisor before submitting the application. View our About Fiscal Sponsors page for more information on fiscal sponsor designation.


Provide a summary of 100 words or less describing your proposed work. Please write in a manner in which you would be comfortable allowing the NEA Foundation to use on its website to describe your project. (For examples of how to write an abstract/summary, please view our Featured Grantees page for descriptions of our recently funded grants.)

Describe your project, including goals for student learning and how you will measure each outcome. Be sure to include the standards with which you will be linking your work.

Describe how this project will be sustained beyond the grant period and/or how it provides a model that can be used by other educators.

Describe the student need for this work. In addressing student need, focus first on academic need and then describe sociological, economic, emotional, and/or cultural issues.

Describe the activities in which you and your students will engage to reach your stated goals. In this description, address how the activities will engage students in critical thinking and problem solving.

Please consult our Writing Tutorial page.


Provide a line item budget for the proposed work. Your request must total either $2,000 or $5,000. Identify any additional support (cash or in-kind) that will be provided by other sources, including those provided by your school/district/college/university. Your budget must be in the form of a Word, Excel, or PDF document. The NEA Foundation suggests that your budget be as cost-efficient as possible. Please ensure that all items are directly related to your proposed work, as your budget will be assessed by how realistic, clear, and frugal it is.


Selection Criteria

The NEA Foundation may allocate a number of grants based in part on geographic considerations.

    • Proposed goals for student achievement are challenging and rigorous

    • Proposed work engages students in critical thinking and problem solving

    • There is alignment between goals, assessment, activities, and budget 

    • The project is collaborative and can be sustained in future years and/or modeled by other educators.