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NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in US public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Funding preference is given to projects that incorporate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), or global learning into projects. The foundation also strongly encourages education support professionals to apply.

Grant funds may 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.

Eligible applicants are public school educators in prekindergarten through grade 12, public school education support professionals, or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Education support professionals include paraeducators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses, student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians. Applications must be submitted through the online grant system.

Eligibility: Public, Charter

Award: Grants of $2,000 and $5,000 are awarded.

Deadline: Applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15, annually.

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