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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

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 May 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.

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 May 17, 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.

MEA's Human, Civil Rights and Cultural Affairs Grants
This MEA grant is to help local association members provide HCR leadership opportunities in their schools and communities.
WHEN: Deadline: Sepember 13, 2017
HOW: HCR Grant Application

MEA's Members are Leaders Grants
This MEA grant is to help local association members provide professional and educational leadership in their schools and communities.
WHEN: Deadline: Sepember 13, 2017
HOW: IPD Grant Application

MEA's Leroy Lambert Political Action Grant
This MEA grant is to facilitate the development and implementation of a local association political action program.
WHEN: Deadline: Sepember 13, 2017
HOW: Political Action Grant Application

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


MEA Benefits Trust

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