Application Guidance

Student Success Grants
Application Guidance

Below, you will find descriptions of each component of the Student Success grant application.

Lead Applicant

The lead applicant will serve as the NEA Foundation’s contact person for award notification, reporting, publicity, and other grant-related activities.

Applications missing lead applicant data will not be considered. The lead applicant must be a current member of the National Education Association.

Partner Information

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.

Applications without partner data will not be considered. The partner applicant must be a current member of the National Education Association.

Fiscal Agent

If you want to have a fiscal agent for your grant funds, enter the fiscal agent information in this section. Some of the information may already be entered from your registration information.

If you are not designating a fiscal agent, the information in this section should be that of the lead applicant. In this instance, 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.

Visit our About Fiscal Agents page for more information on fiscal agent designation. 

Need help?

Please consult our Grant Writing Tutorial.

Narrative

Activities

Describe the activities in which you and your students will engage to reach the project goals. This description should address how the activities will engage students in critical thinking and problem-solving; mastery of essential academic content; strengthening communication and collaboration skills; and/or project-based learning and learning experiences connected to real-world issues and challenges.

Need

Describe the student need for this project. Please note academic, social and/or emotional needs to be addressed and any pertinent data on the student population to be served.

Sustainability

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

Budget

Provide a line item budget for the proposed work. Your budget should total between $1,500 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Identify any additional support (cash or in-kind) from other sources, including that 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

  • Proposed goals for student learning and growth are challenging and rigorous.
  • Proposed work engages students in critical thinking and problem-solving; mastery of essential academic content; strengthening communication and collaboration skills; and/or project-based and learning experiences connected to real-world issues and challenges.
  • There is alignment between goals, assessment, activities, and budget
  • The project is collaborative and can be sustained in future years and/or adopted by other educators
  • The project addresses educational equity and opportunity gaps.

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