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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

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: December 15, 2017
HOW: Political Action Grant Application

MEA - Retired Anne Sheehan Honor Grant
This MEA-Retired grant is sponsoring an honor grant through the legacy of Anne Sheehan, a former member of MEA-Retired. The $1500 grant will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year, and may be used to defray any expenses occurred. 

Applicants 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: February 7, 2017
HOW: Anne Sheehan Honor Grant Application

The NEA Foundation Grants
The NEA Foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 exclusively to NEA members to enhance teaching and learning:

  • Student Achievement Grants support initiatives that improve academic achievement.
  • Learning & Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development.

Active NEA members who are practicing K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities may apply online. Preference is currently being given to projects that incorporate STEM and/or global learning, as well as projects with leads/partners that are education support professionals.
WHEN: Deadlines: February 1, June 1, and October 15.

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers educators 12 months of professional development opportunities and a nine-day international field study to support educators as they cultivate global competence skills and build global lesson plans that are shared with educators around the world. Active NEA members who are current K-12 classroom teachers are eligible to apply. Teachers with 5 or more years of classroom experience will be given preference.

By participating in the Global Learning Fellowship program, educators have an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the necessary skills to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their school and district, and prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age.
DEADLINE: February 5, 2018

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 2018 Sea Dogs game for themselves, their family and their school hero. Entries must include the name of the student, the school, the submitting educator's name and email and the name of the school hero, if different than the submitting educator.

WHEN: Deadline April 11, 2018
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 at

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 artisst will want to make sure there is nothing important to the piece at the top, as it may be obscured by the title. Entries must include the name of the student, the school, and the submitting teacher's name and email.

WHEN: Deadline April 20, 2018
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 at


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:

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:

Cents for STEM
With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Do you teach in an elementary school classroom? Do you have an innovative idea for improving math or science instruction in your classroom? Is your idea project based learning with measurable outcomes? What do you need to make learning math and science fun for your students? K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom.
WHEN: October 1

Teacher at Sea
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program sends K-12 teachers aboard research ships for up to one month. The mission of NOAA Teacher at Sea Program is to provide teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving them unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation. The program provides a unique opportunity for kindergarten through college level-teachers to sail aboard NOAA research ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and screw. Applications are available online in the fall.
WHEN: Rolling

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