The NEA Foundation believes public education should stimulate students’ curiosity and excitement about learning and help them become successful 21st-century global citizens.
Educators frequently need outside funding for classroom resources. With our Student Achievement grants, NEA members are helping students learn how to think critically and solve problems. The NEA Foundation has successfully provided funding to thousands of educators to enable them to take the lead on a wide range of projects to improve student learning.
“Our project [increases]... students' public speaking confidence and [helps] them overcome the fear they... feel when talking in front of their peers.”
Katrina Moreno & Karen Young-Jones
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.
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.
We’re currently giving preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects.
* 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.
Deadlines & Notifications
We have three grant deadlines throughout the course of each year.
The first deadline for applications is February 1.
Applicants will be notified of their status by April 15.
The second deadline for applications is June 1.
Applicants will be notified of their status by September 15.
The third deadline for applications is October 15.
Applicants will be notified of their status by January 15.
Ready to Apply?
We give preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.