NEA Grants and Awards

NEA Foundation Grants
The NEA Foundation administers Learning & Leadership Grants and Student Achievement Grants programs. Members can submit applications throughout each calendar year. Deadlines fall in October 2008, February 2009 and June 2009.

Friend of Education Award 
The Friend of Education Award is NEA's highest honor. Since its inception in 1972, NEA has bestowed this prestigious award on an individual or organization whose leadership, acts, or support have significantly benefited education, education employees, or students on a national scale. Previous recipients include U.S. Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and William Jefferson Clinton; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. The award has been presented to U.S. Senators and Representatives, governors, educators, civil rights activists, authors, and athletes.

Human and Civil Rights Awards
Every year NEA directs a Human and Civil Rights Awards program to honor individuals and affiliates who stand up and defend human and civil rights. The awards program honors individuals who have expanded educational opportunities for minority students and educators and improved intergroup relations in the public schools, and brings together human and civil rights champions whose leadership and example ensure that human and civil rights will be available to our children and their children.

Student Programs Annual Awards - each year recognizes the excellence of our Student Program projects during the Student Program Honors Dinner at the NEA Annual Meeting. All nominations, applications, and supporting documents must be postmarked or received in the NEA Student Program office on or before April 15. Where indicated, nominations may be sent electronically. Recognition is given in the following areas:

  • Outstanding CLASS Project
  • Outstanding Local Advisor
  • Outstanding State Newsletter
  • Outstanding Local Newsletter
  • Outstanding Local Website
  • Outstanding State Organizer
  • Outstanding State Student Leader
  • Outstanding Local Student Leader
  • Local Excellence
  • State Excellence
  • New Local Chapters

Urban Grants Program
Since 1985, the National Education Association’s Urban Grants Program has supported local NEA affiliates in the development of education reform leadership programs for prek-k 12/graduate school faculty and education support professionals. Twenty-five Urban Grants in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded annually to NEA local affiliates to help support them with these programs.



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