Student Success Grants

With the coronavirus pandemic impact continuing to unfold, we are committed to supporting educators, students, and school communities during this extraordinary time.

We encourage you to use these applications to request support for ongoing response efforts to needs that emerged or worsened due to the pandemic, as well as for racial equity work. However, we'll also consider applications that do not fall into either of these categories.

The NEA Foundation believes public education should stimulate students’ curiosity and excitement about learning and help them become successful 21st-century global citizens.

  • Student Achievement Grants


Educators frequently need outside funding for classroom resources. With our Student Success 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.

While we recognize there's a tremendous need for classroom technology, unfortunately, at this time, we regret that we're unable to fund proposals solely focusing on electronics, like laptops, Chromebooks or tablets.

  • “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

    Preschool Paraeducators, Port Arthur, TX


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.

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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
  • Administrators

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 Timeline

Application Period: September 1 - December 21, 2020

Notifications: February 2021

Application Period: December 22 - March 19

2021 Notifications: May 2021

Ready to Apply?

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