Application Instructions

Below, you’ll find descriptions of every component of the Student Success 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 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.

Need Help?

Please consult our Grant Writing Tutorial.

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.



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.)


Describe your project. What are your goals for student learning? How will you measure outcomes? Be sure to include the standards with which you will be linking your work.


What are the student needs for this project? Prioritize academic need, but you should describe sociological, economic, emotional, and/or cultural issues as well.


What activities will you and your students engage in to reach your goals? In this description, address how the activities will engage students in critical thinking and problem solving.


Describe how this project will be sustained beyond the grant period and/or how it provides a model that can be used by other educators.


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
  • Proposed goals for student achievement are challenging and rigorous
  • Proposed work engages students in critical thinking and problem solving
  • 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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