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Grantee FAQs

Do I need to be a member of the National Education Association to apply for your grants?

Yes. Lead and partner applicants for Envision Equity grants must be current members of the NEA.

Are there types of projects that are more likely to be funded?

Grant applications focused on the following topics are most likely to be funded:

  • Enhanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Master of essential academic content
  • Communication and collaboration skills
  • Project-based learning and learning experiences connected to real-world issues and challenges

Are educators who are not members of the National Education Association allowed to assist in the implementation of the grant project?

Yes. Although the educators assigned as the lead and partner must be NEA members, non-members can certainly take part in the project.

Am I eligible to apply for your grant programs?

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 include: para-educators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians.

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

When should I send my grant application?

We notify all lead grant applicants via the email address submitted on the application. If you haven’t received an email message from the Foundation by the notification date, please contact us at neafoundation@nea.org.

The posted notification date has passed and I haven’t heard anything from the Foundation. What should I do?

We notify all lead grant applicants via the email address submitted on the application. If you haven’t received an email the Foundation by the notification date, please contact us at neafoundation@nea.org

My project requires classroom supplies and materials. Are those expenses eligible for funding through these grants?

Grant funds can be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, or technology. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students.

Grant funds cannot be used to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, salaries, or for lobbying or religious purposes.

While we recognize there is a tremendous need for student devices, unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to fund proposals solely focusing on electronics such as laptops, Chromebooks or tablets.
If you have a proposed project that does not meet these criteria, we encourage you to visit our grant resources.

If I have received a grant from the NEA Foundation in the past, can I apply for another grant?

Yes. As long as you have submitted all of the required reports for your previous grant, you may apply for the Foundation’s grant programs as many times as you like. However, you must submit a unique proposal; we won’t consider identical applications.

Do I have to designate a fiscal sponsor?

No. If you do not designate a fiscal sponsor, we award the grant to the lead applicant. In that instance, the IRS may consider the grant personal income and therefore taxable. Fiscal sponsors are usually non-profit organizations, schools, school districts, or local unions that can accept the funds without tax liability.

Before you designate a fiscal sponsor, make sure you know the organization’s procedures for dispersing funds. You will have to abide by these procedures and should be sure you are comfortable working with that system. Find more information on fiscal sponsors here.

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