NEA Foundation: COVID-19 Response Student Success Grants

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Deadline: Jul 15, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $5,000

Fields of work: Teacher Development & Training Academic Success & Enrichment Technology Access & Digital Literacy

Applicant type: Teacher, Working Professional

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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COVID-19 Response Student Success Grants

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NEA Foundation is providing funding to support educators responding to educational needs and concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All applications submitted for this funding should address how the applicant(s) would use grant funds to prepare themselves, their colleagues, their students or school community to adapt to educational challenges experienced or expected due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, for example:

  • Addressing the social and emotional needs of educators, students, and students’ families.
  • Learning new pedagogy and/or adapting curricula to support distance/virtual learning and instruction.
  • Addressing students’ learning loss resulting from extended school closures.
  • Providing educational enrichment to support student learning.
  • Strengthening educators’/schools’ engagement with families and communities to meet student needs.

Particular attention should be given to identifying and addressing pertinent educational equity and opportunity gaps exacerbated by the pandemic.

Grant Description

The purpose of the NEA Foundation’s COVID-19 Response - Student Success Grants is to support educator-led initiatives that increase educational equity and opportunity, responding to student needs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Successful projects will support creativity and individuality in student learning, while clearly responding to needs that emerged or worsened during the pandemic.


These grants will be awarded for a one-year period beginning in September-October 2020, in amounts of either $2,000 and $5,000. Applicants requesting this funding should be prepared to implement their project during the 2020-2021 school year. These grants will fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be teachers, education support professionals, or specialized instructional support personnel and must be current NEA members.
    • Education support professionals (ESPs) are defined as: para-educators; school bus drivers or other transportation staff; custodial and maintenance staff food services staff school nurses, health aides and other health and student services staff; clerical staff; security staff; skilled trades staff; and technical services staff.
    • Specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) include professionals such as school counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, library media specialists, speech pathologists and others.
  • COVID-19 Response Student Success grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, or technology. However, the proposed work and related materials should focus on supporting creativity and individuality in student learning, while clearly responding to student needs that have emerged or worsened because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • If your budget includes materials, they must play a central role in deepening student knowledge and habits of inquiry. If you have a proposed project that does not meet these criteria, we encourage you to visit our grant resources page for resources that support materials-centered projects.
  •  If you do not designate a fiscal sponsor, we award the grant to the lead applicant. In that case, the IRS may consider the grant personal income and therefore taxable. Fiscal sponsors are usually non-profits, schools, districts, or local unions that can accept the funds without tax liability.
    • Before you designate a fiscal sponsor, make sure you know the organization’s procedures for dispersing funds. You will have to abide by these procedures and should be sure you are comfortable working with that system. Find more information on fiscal sponsors.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.


  • Particular attention will be given to projects that identify and address pertinent educational equity and opportunity gaps exacerbated by the pandemic.


  • Current NEA Foundation grantees are ineligible for this funding opportunity. A successful proposal will also make an individual ineligible for other NEA Foundation funding opportunities, until the grant is successfully completed and closed out.
  • Grant funds may not be used to reimburse expenses, so we can’t award a grant for events or activities before the notification date. Applications that include activities or expenses scheduled prior to the notification date will not be considered.