Application Instructions

Below, you’ll find descriptions of every component of the Learning & Leadership grant application. To ensure that your proposal qualifies for review, make sure that you complete all required fields.

Lead Applicant

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.

Partner Data

All $5,000 group grant 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.

Fiscal Sponsor

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

If you are not designating a fiscal sponsor, 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. View our About Fiscal Sponsors page for more information on fiscal sponsor designation.

Need help?

Please consult our Grant Writing Tutorial and our Grant Writing Course.



In 100 words or fewer, give a summary of the project you’re proposing. Write in a way that you’d feel comfortable with the NEA Foundation sharing on our website to describe your project. (For examples of how to write a summary, please view our Grantee Archive for descriptions of our recently funded grants.)

Professional Development Plan

What is your professional development plan? What are your goals in this learning? What learning resources do you plan to use?


How, when, and where will the learning be accomplished?

Please be aware of the date of the grant announcement. Any project taking place prior to the announcement will automatically be removed from consideration. The Learning & Leadership page shows grant announcement dates.


How does the proposed professional development advance your professional goals? How does it advance your workplace goals?


What is the need for this professional development? How did you and your colleagues assess the need? Please define need in terms of both student need and professional need by the applicant(s).


How will this project continue beyond the grant period? How will you continue sharing the knowledge gained in this project? Describe sharing in relation to your colleagues, students, and administrators.


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) 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
  • 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

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