NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grant – $2,000 & $5,000

Application deadline: February 1, June 1, and October 15 of each year. The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grant supports programs that improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.

Service Areas:  Massachusetts

Current Funding Opportunities 

The NEA Foundation provides grants to educators to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area. 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.

  • 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.
  • Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association and teachers with less than seven years of experience in the profession and education support professionals. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success and projects that are collaborative and can be sustained in future years and/or modeled by other educators are particularly encouraged.
  • Grant awards are for either $2,000 or $5,000. 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.
  • Applications may be submitted online at any time 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

  • Lawrence School (Falmouth, MA) Five educators will jointly create multiple Kindle lesson plans that teach basic Kindle use and advance the use of digital reading strategies in language arts and STEM classes. The project will improve students’ ability to analyze and interpret text by allowing them to practice active reading comprehension strategies while developing proficiency with technology.
  • Rice Square School (Worcester, MA) Fourth grade students struggling with reading comprehension will be responsible for compiling a student publication of current events and interviews. Students will read about and report on current events, interview teachers on classroom activities, and write articles with the assistance of specialized reading and writing tools available through the Solo literacy suite.