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Grants & Scholarships


The MEA/NEA offer grants throughout the year to help our educators build their skills. In addition, the MEA encourages you to apply for other grants from partnering organizations or companies that are committed to enriching the lives of educators and making our public schools great. The following are current grant opportunities:

MEA/NEA Grants

My Hero Works at School Essay Contest
The MEA is pleased to join with the Portland Sea Dogs for its 3rd annual “My Hero Works at School” essay contest. Students are encouraged to write a short essay, no more than 300 words, about their school hero. Two winners will be selected and receive tickets to a 2016 Sea Dogs game for themselves, their family and their school hero.
WHEN: Application Deadline - March 11, 2016
WHO: All public school elementary and middle school students are encouraged to apply
HOW: Submit essays to Giovanna Bechard via mail at 35 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330 or email.

Maine Educator Cover Contest - What I Love About Maine
The Maine Educator will feature a cover designed by a Maine public school art student depicting the theme “What I Love About Maine.” Submissions can be any form of art and should be 8.5” by 11” or able to be photographed. Please advise students that the magazine title will be across the top and 2.5” high. The artist will want to make sure there is nothing important to the piece at the top as it may be obscured by the title.
WHEN: Application Deadline: December 18, 2015
WHO: Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12 - There will be 3 finalists from each category, plus electronic art. One overall winner will be chosen from the finalists and have their work on the cover.
HOW: Submit artwork to Giovanna Bechard via mail at 35 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330 or email.

Leroy Lambert Political Action Grant
The Maine Education Association will award up to $200. The Leroy Lambert Political Action Grants are designed to help local Association members develop and implement a political action program in their schools and communities.
WHEN: Application Deadline - December 18, 2015
WHO: All MEA members who wish to start or improve a local political action program
HOW: Download the application here and submit to the MEA President's Office via mail, fax, or email (all contact information is located in the application)

Members are Leaders Grant
This year, the Maine Education Association will award $1,000 in grants to local Associations. The Members are Leaders Grants are designed to help local Association members provide professional and educational leadership in their schools and communities.
WHEN: Application Deadline - December 18, 2015
WHO: All MEA members looking to enhance the quality of education in public schools
HOW: Download the application here and submit to the MEA President's Office via mail, fax, or email (all contact information is located in the application)

Human, Civil Rights, and Cultural Affairs Grant
The Maine Education Association Human, Civil Rights and Cultural Affairs Committee will award up to $1,000 in grants to local associations. The amount is determined by the number of grant applications awarded. The grants are designed to help local association members provide HCR leadership in their schools and communities.
WHEN: Application Deadline - December 18, 2015
WHO: All MEA members lookign to help students understand humna, civil rights, and cultural affairs issues
HOW: Download the application here and submit to the MEA President's Office via mail, fax, or email (all contact information is located in the application)

MEA-Retired Anne Sheehan Honor Grant
The Maine Education Association-Retired is sponsoring an honor grant through the legacy of Anne Sheehan, a former member of MEA-R. The $1500 grant will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year, and may be used to defray any expenses occurred.

The applicant must:

  • be a full-time educator practicing in Maine
  • be enrolled in a humanities program leading to a graduate degree in the arts, sciences, or education
  • be a member of the local Education Association, a member of MEA, and a member of NEA

WHEN: Deadline - Feb. 27, 2016
HOW: Submit the application to Hugh Keene, 179 Cook Street, Auburn, ME 04210 - Download the application here

NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants
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.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.
Deadlines: June 1 and October 15
Apply: http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/nea-student-achievement-grants/

Additional Grants

Siemens High School Competition Scholarships
This science research competition fosters intensive research that improves students' understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. The competition is for teams or individual students with a maximum award of $100,000 college scholarship.
WHEN: Application deadline - September 22, 2015
WHO: High school students, grades 9-12 during the 2015-16 school year
HOW: For more information: https://siemenscompetition.discoveryeducation.com

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Grants
WHAT: The purpose of this grant is to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge. For 2016-17, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 6-8. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium.
WHEN: Application deadline postmarked by November 6, 2015
WHO: Middle school teachers in grades 6-8 (other math grants in other categories are also available)
HOW: www.nctm.org, click on “Grants and Awards”

Adobe: ConnectED Software Grants
As part of the White House's ConnectEd initiative, Adobe is offering creative tools and teacher professional development to schools across the United States. Maximum award: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Echosign, and a range of teacher training resources. Multiple licenses of each software program will be awarded if your school is chosen.
WHEN: Rolling deadline
WHO: K-12 public schools that receive Title I funds
HOW: FMI and to apply: http://edex.adobe.com/connected/faq

California Casualty Academic Award
These ongoing $2,500 Academic Awards will go to K-12 public school teachers to assist with out of pocket expenses.
To Apply: http://www.calcasacademicaward.com 

California Casualty School Lounge Makeover
Revamp and recharge your school lounge with a $7,500 grant.
To Apply: www.schoolloungemakeover.com


MEA Benefits Trust

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