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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

Read Across America Incentive Grants
MEA's Read Across America Incentive Grants applications are being accepted from local associations who sponsor activities for NEA's program on March 2, 2017. Grants of $50 each will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests must be made by the local association president for funding of activities within the local association.
WHEN: February 1, 2017
WHO: MEA Local Association
HOW: Download the application

Members are Leaders Grants
MEA will award $1,000 in grants up to $500 each to local associations to: enhance the quality of education in public schools, equalize educational opportunities for students in public education; support professional development of members; and encourage participation in local association activities.
WHEN: January 6, 2017
WHO: MEA Local Associations
HOW:
Download the application

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: Deadline April 28, 2017
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: Deadline March 4, 2017
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.

Human, Civil Rights, and Cultural Affairs Grants
MEA will award up to $1,000 in grants for local associations to: enhance the quality of education in public schools, equalize educational opportunities for students in public education, support Human, Civil Rights and Cultural Affairs development of members/students; encourage participation in local association activities; enhance, broaden, or improve HCR issues in public schools.
WHEN: January 6, 2017
WHO: MEA Local Associations
HOW:
Download the application


Leroy Lambert Political Action Grant
MEA will award up to $200 to local associations to develop and implement a political action program in their schools/community that: aid in the election of friends of education to local office; serve as innovative models to other MEA affiliates; increase membership involvement and participation in the educator political action process at the local level.
WHEN: January 6, 2017
WHO: MEA Local Associations
HOW:
Download the application


MEA-Retired Anne Sheehan Honor Grant

MEA-Retired sponsors an honor grant through the legacy of Anne Sheehan, a former member of MEA-R. The $1,500 grant can be used by a current, active educator pursuing an advanced degree during the 2017-18 school year. The winner will be announced in May 2017 at the MEA-R Convention.
WHEN: February 6, 2017
WHO: An MEA/NEA member practicing full-time in Maine and enrolled in a humanities program leading to a graduate degree in the arts, sciences, or education.
HOW: Download the 2017-18 application here

Additional Grants

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

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation - Teaching Fellows Program
The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program is a comprehensive, five-year professional development program designed to support early-career science and mathematics teachers. You can watch a webinar about the program here.
HOW: FMI and to apply: http://www.kstf.org/fellowships


 

 

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