Need a Grant?

What grants does the NEA Foundation offer?

Throughout the year, the NEA Foundation awards over 150 grants to support educators’ efforts to close the achievement gaps, develop creative learning opportunities for students, and enhance their own professional development.

For Example:

In rural Ohio, high school computer science teacher Ruth Anker and her colleague Charles Blair at Dexter Regional High School had a great idea: provide students with important technology and job skills by teaching them how to breathe new life into an old computer. Made possible by a NEA Foundation grant, students learned firsthand the inner workings of a computer by taking one apart, then reassembled it, finding through their own research new components and software to make it smarter, faster, and better for use in their school.

There are two primary grant categories open to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants.

Student Achievement Grants:

What are the Student Achievement Grants?

These grants:

  • Promote classroom innovation and engage students in critical thinking, inquiry, and self-direct learning that deepens knowledge of standards-based subject matter
  • Award $5,000
  • Awards about 75 annually

What are the selection criteria for Student Achievement Grants?

Proposed learning should:

  • Include specific and measurable goals for student that are rigorous and aligned to state standards
  • Include activities that engage students in critical thinking and problem solving
  • Align goals, assessment, activities, and budget

Learning & Leadership Grants:

What are the Learning & Leadership Grants?


  • Support high-quality professional development opportunities, such as summer institutes, action research, collegial study, lesson study, and mentoring
  • Award $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups
  • Awards about 75 annually

What are the selection criteria for Leadership & Learning Grants?

  • Proposed professional development should:
  • Be directly related to a clear and compelling student need, based on data
  • Include collegial sharing that is interactive and sustained over time
  • Be likely to improve student achievement
  • Include a budget that is appropriate to the project goals

Applying for grants:

Who is eligible to compete for these grants? Applicants must be a practicing U.S. public school employee:

  • PreK-12 teachers
  • Education support professionals
  • Higher education faculty and staff

As a grantee, you are expected to:

  • Fully implement your proposed plan
  • Complete a final report that includes a narrative of your project’s accomplishments and a financial report of expenditures
  • Share any materials developed and press clippings collected
  • Share your findings with colleagues and others

OEA encourages all eligible educational professionals to apply for these grants.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed three times a year, beginning on February 1, June 1, and October 15. Grants support activities for Awarded grantees are notified within four months of the corresponding review period.

The NEA Foundation offers writing tips for grants on its website at The site also includes brief descriptions of past recipients’ work.