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Grants to USA School and IHE Faculty and Staff and Groups for Professional Learning and Career Development

Learning and Leadership Grants


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Funding Source
The NEA Foundation
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Important Dates
Deadline: 09/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to USA public school and IHE teachers, specialized instructional support personnel (SISP), education support professionals (ESPs), and groups of educators for professional learning and career development. Funding is intended to provide resources for educators hoping to engage in professional learning that can be implemented in their classrooms. The Foundation especially encourages education support professionals to apply.

Through Learning & Leadership grants, the NEA Foundation supports the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to:

  • Individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research.
  • Groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

Grant applications focused on the following topics are most likely to be funded:

  • Enhanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Master of essential academic content
  • Communication and collaboration skills
  • Project-based learning and learning experiences connected to real-world issues and challenges

Grant funds can be used for travel, room, meals, registration fees, materials, etc. for individual grants. For group grants, funds can be used for educator stipends, substitute fees, materials, travel, meals, etc.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. The Foundation especially encourages education support professionals* to apply.

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.

Unfortunately, the following groups may not apply as either the lead or partner:
- Educators who are not members 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
- Employees of the National Education Association

The Foundation does not fund tuition or board certification.

Grant funds cannot be used to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, salaries, or lobbying or religious purposes.

Pre-Application Information
Application Timeline:

- Application Period: December 1, 2022 - February 1, 2023
- Notification: April 10, 2023

- Application Period: March 1, 2023 - April 27, 2023
- Notification: June 30, 2023

- Application Period: June 15, 2023 - September 15, 2023
- Notification: November 15, 2023

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Estimated Size of Grant
Learning & Leadership grants will fund projects between $1,500 and $5,000.

Term of Contract
Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.

Contact Information

The NEA Foundation
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-822-7840
Fax: 202-822-7779

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