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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 Human, Civil Rights and Cultural Affairs Grant
This MEA grant is to help local association members provide HCR leadership opportunities in their schools and communities.
WHEN: Deadline: December 14, 2018
HOW: Human, Civil Rights and Cultural Affairs Grant Application

MEA's Members are Leaders Grant
This MEA grant is to help local association members provide professional and educational leadership in their schools and communities.
WHEN: Deadline: December 14, 2018
HOW: Members are Leaders Grant Application

MEA's Political Action Grant
This MEA grant is to facilitate the development and implementation of a local association political action program.
WHEN: Deadline: December 14, 2018
HOW: Political Action Grant Application

MEA - Retired Anne Sheehan Honor 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 2019-2020 academic year, and may be used to defray any expenses occurred. 

Deadline for application form: February 1, 2019

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.

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


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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