NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grant – $2,000 & $5,000

Application deadline: February 1, June 1, and October 15 of each year. The NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership grants support the professional development of public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education. Grant funds may be used for fees, travel expenses, books, or other materials that enable applicants to learn subject matter, instructional approaches, and skills.

Service Areas:  Massachusetts

Current Funding Opportunities

NEA awards grants to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or to groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Decisions regarding the content of the professional growth activities must be based upon an assessment of student work undertaken with colleagues, and must be integrated into the institutional planning process.

  • Applicants must be practicing U.S public school teachers in grades PreK–12; public school education support professionals, or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Administrators may not apply nor may they act as the partner applicant.
  • Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association. Applicants are discouraged from requesting funds for “one-shot” professional growth experiences such as attending a national conference. Grant applications from education support professionals are encouraged (see website for details).
  • The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study.
  • All proposals must be submitted through the NEA Foundation’s online grant system. Detailed application guidelines are available at the program website. Grant inquiries should be directed to Jesse Graytock, Grants Manager, jgraytock@nea.org.
  • Applications are reviewed three times per year on February 1, June 1, and October 15

Recent Awards

  • Kerrin Stewart (Acton, MA) Ms. Stewart will travel to Ghana for three weeks to study the musical traditions of the Ewe people. As a result of her research, Ms. Stewart will revise her music curriculum to include an in depth unit for the upper elementary grades exploring West African music, dance, and culture, as well as introductory lesson on West African music for the lower elementary grades.
  • Chris Baer (Oak Bluffs, MA) Mr. Baer and Mrs. Holter will lead a program which will connect U.S. teachers with teachers in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa to explore best practices for equipping students with the 21st-century skills needed to thrive in an increasingly integrated global community.