The widespread and disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened awareness of the need and commitment to reimagining education to better meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all students, particularly those that have been traditionally underserved. The NEA Foundation recognizes and celebrates the power of educator-led innovation to reimagine education.
We encourage you to use these applications to request support for your ideas to deeply engage students in holistic ways that further their development of purpose, agency, essential skill sets and mindsets, and deep knowledge.
The NEA Foundation believes public education should stimulate students’ curiosity and excitement about learning and help them become successful 21st-century global citizens.
These grants are designed specifically to support an equity-focused recovery from pandemic-related disruptions to learning and both educators and students’ reimagining education, with a primary emphasis on supporting:
• Students who have been most impacted by pandemic-related disruptions to education: students of color, students from low-income families, English language learners, students with disabilities, and students experiencing homelessness or in foster care
• Meeting the social and emotional needs of students and educators
• Design and implementation of more authentic, culturally responsive teaching and learning
• Building stronger relationships between educators, students and families
• Increasing students’ understanding of and progress toward racial equity and anti-racism
Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.
Apply now using our grant application instructions.
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.
Who can apply?
Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. We especially encourage education support professionals* to apply.
* Education support professionals can be classified as: 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.
Who cannot apply?
Unfortunately, the following groups may not apply as either the lead or partner:
- Educators who are not members of the National Education Association
- Employees of the National Education Association
- Employees, members of the board of directors, and immediate family members of the staff and board of the NEA Foundation
How can grant funds be used?
Grant funds can be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. 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, applicant stipends, conference fees for more than one person, or lobbying or religious purposes.
Application Period: April 1 - June 1, 2021
Notifications: August 2021
Application Period: June 2 - October 15
2021 Notifications: December 2021