In response to educators’ emerging needs, addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning, the NEA Foundation is offering three new grant opportunities. Grant guidelines for a COVID-19 Response Student Success Grant, including the criteria and timelines, are provided below.
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.
The purpose of the NEA Foundation’s COVID-19 Response - Student Success Grants is to support educator-led initiatives that increase educational equity and opportunity, responding to student needs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Successful projects will support creativity and individuality in student learning, while clearly responding to needs that emerged or worsened during the pandemic.
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 project during the 2020-2021 school year. These grants will fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.
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:
• Goals for student learning, how the applicant will measure progress toward these goals, and how the project goals addresses needs associated with the Covid-19 pandemic
• Student need, including how student need has evolved in light of the Covid-19 pandemic
• Activities the educator and students will be engage in reaching the project goals
• How the proposed project will address educational equity and opportunity gaps
• How the proposed project will provide a model that can be shared with other educators
Applications will be evaluated based on how clearly and completely they address each of these components. In addition, the project budget will be evaluated based on how realistic and frugal it is, and the extent to which it correlates with the project’s goals.
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.
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.
Click here to apply for a COVID-19 Response Student Success Grant.