Foundation Highlight: National Education Association Foundation

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are constantly on the lookout for good opportunities offering vigorous funding streams. Regularly, our site will highlight a foundation or federal agency which may fall under the radar, but provides funding that can help you achieve your programming goals. Over the past few weeks, we highlighted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Unitarian Universalist Association, Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the Office Depot Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities

This week we want to talk about the National Education Association Foundation, a public charity supported by contributions from educators’ dues, corporate sponsors and others. Grants help educators work with key partners to build strong systems of shared responsibility.

The Learning & Leadership Grants aid public school teachers and support professionals. The program offers two funding categories — (1) Individuals; and (2) Groups. Grants fund participation in professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research. The foundation typically awards 150 to 170 grants each year of about $5,000 each.

Deadline: Oct. 15.

NEA’s Other Grants

NEA also offers Student Achievement Grants. They may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students. A South Carolina teacher won for a project that allowed her fourth and fifth grade students to examine solar power through experiments. These grants have the same deadline.

Contact: Jesse Graytock, grants manager, 202/822-7839 or

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education.

Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government.

Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.

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