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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 Grants
MEA’s Read Across America Incentive Grants applications are being accepted from local associations who sponsor association activities for this NEA program on March 2, 2016.  Grants of $50 each will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Requests must be made by the local association president for funding of activities within the local association.
WHEN: Application Deadline: February 5, 2016
HOW: Download the application here

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: March 4, 2016
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.

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

Additional Grants

California Casualty High School Athletic Grants
California Casulty is now accepting applications to help fund high school athletic programs. Awards must be used to help subsidize school sports programs in ways such as purchasing new equipment or paying for competition travel costs. The grant cannot be used for individual student awards. 
WHEN: January 15, 2016
WHO: Public high school athletics programs only
HOW: Fill out this online application  or Print, complete and return your application by email, fax or mail. Email: Fax: (650) 572-4491 Mail: California Casualty Attn: Athletics Grant Coordinator, CD-1 1900 Alameda de las Pulgas San Mateo, CA 94403

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:

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: 

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

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:

MEA Benefits Trust

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