National Education Association (NEA) Foundation Grants

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At the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation, we support new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Our goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare children for bright and rewarding futures.

We have learned that the best teaching methods come from our greatest assets, educators. That is why we have awarded more than 4,000 individual grants totaling over $8.5 million to help public school teachers and other educational professionals improve student achievement.

There are two primary grant categories open to public education professionals: Learning & Leadership Grants and Student Achievement Grants. Applications for both can be completed online.

Learning & Leadership Grants:
Learning & Leadership Grants provide opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in high-quality professional development and to lead their colleagues in professional growth. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study.

Student Achievement Grants:
Student Achievement Grants provide $2,000 and $5,000 awards to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving methods to deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

Annual application deadlines for both of these grants are: February 1, June 1, and October 15

For more information, or to apply, visit

The NEA Foundation
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The NEA Foundation
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
T. 202-822-7840
F. 202-822-7779