Learning & Leadership Grants

The application period for COVID-19 Learning & Leadership Grants is now closed. All grantees will be notified of their status by the end of September. For more information about our current Learning & Leadership grant opportunities click here.

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In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NEA Foundation is providing funding to support educators responding to educational needs and concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic. All applications submitted for this funding should address how the applicant(s) would use grant funds to prepare themselves, their colleagues, their students or school community to adapt to educational challenges experienced or expected due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, for example:

• Addressing the social and emotional needs of educators, students, and students’ families;
• Learning new pedagogy and/or adapting curricula to support distance/virtual learning and instruction;
• Addressing students’ learning loss resulting from extended school closures;
• Providing educational enrichment to support student learning;
• Strengthening educators’/schools’ engagement with families and communities to meet student needs.

Particular attention should be given to identifying and addressing pertinent educational equity and opportunity gaps exacerbated by the pandemic.

Grant Description

The purpose of the NEA Foundation’s COVID-19 Response - Learning & Leadership grants is to support educator's professional development focused on adapting teaching and learning to the unique challenges of the 2020-2021 school year. Successful projects will identify clear professional learning goals associated with serving students during the 20-21 school year.


These grants will be awarded for a one-year period beginning in September-October 2020, in amounts of either $2,000 and $5,000. Applicants requesting this funding should be prepared to implement their projects during the 2020-2021 school year. These grants will fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.


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

*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.

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To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must: a) complete an online application describing the proposed project; and b) submit a simple project budget. The budget should indicate the total amount requested (either $2,000 or $5,000) and the basic costs of the proposed project.
The online application will ask applicants to describe the following components of the proposed project:

• A professional development plan, including the learning goals and the resources proposed to be accessed to help meet these goals;
• How, when and where learning will take place;
• How the proposed professional development will help the applicant and others to adjust teaching and learning practices to meet student needs in light of the Covid-19 pandemic;
• Need for this professional development during the 2020-2021 school year, defined in terms of student need and professional need;
• How the proposed professional development will enable the educator(s) to address educational equity and opportunity gaps; and
• How the applicant will share knowledge gained with students, colleagues and administrators.

Proposals will be evaluated based on how clearly and completely they address each of these components. In addition, the budget will be evaluated based on how realistic and frugal it is, and the extent to which it correlates with project goals.

Deadlines & Notifications


This grant application will open on Thursday, April 30th and

close at 11:59 PM Eastern, Wednesday, July 15th.

The deadline for applications is July 15, 2020.

Applicants will be notified of their status in September 2020.

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Click here to apply for a COVID-19 Response Learning & Leadership Grant.

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