Educator Resources

Awards, Grants, and Other Opportunities

OEA members have access to a wealth of resources through their state association, the National Education Association, and outside sources.


OEA Promising Practices Grant Program

Have a plan that could enhance your classroom skills or boost student achievement? An idea for a site-based professional development activity that could build partnerships? OEA's Center for Great Public Schools' Promising Practices program awards grants to individual OEA members and UniServ Councils around the state to test just these kinds of concepts.

Grants for this program are rolled out across the year.

On the UniServ level, contact your local UniServ office to find out or suggest Promising Practices Grant ideas. UniServ Consultants have the forms and deadlines related to the UniServ grant program. Questions? Contact OEA Center for Great Public Schools: 503-684-3300 or 1-800-858-5505.

OEA Local Leader Grants
Local Leader Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Locals to design implement program to meet member needs as directed by OEA's new organizational goals. Download a Local Leader Grant Application form.


NEA Foundation - Grants to Educators
Available to NEA members, NEA Foundation grants support new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. The goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures. The NEA Foundation has awarded more than $8 million to fund 2,500 grants to public school educators to enhance teaching and learning.

NEA Foundation - Innovation, Learning & Leadership Grants
Innovation Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants are available for all subjects, including the arts, literacy, science, and technology. Grant amounts are either $2,000 or $5,000. All practicing K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities are encouraged to apply. Applications for these grants are accepted on an ongoing, year-round basis.

External Sources

Got an idea for a grant or need help with funding? This website lets you post your needs, people can browse posts and make a donation!

Target: Field Trip Grants
Target Field Trip Grants fund scholastic outings for visits to art, science, and cultural museums, community service or civic projects, career enrichment opportunities, and other events or activities away from a school facility. Funds can cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Maximum award: $700. Eligibility: teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff in K-12 public, private, or charter school in the U.S. Deadline: October 1, 2013.

The John F. Kennedy Center: Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards
The Kennedy Center seeks nominations for Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards, awarded to K-12 teachers and college or university instructors in the U.S. in recognition of their outstanding impact on the lives of students. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: Nominees must be legal residents of the U.S. Nomination must be based on experience as a full-time classroom teacher in a K-12 school in the U.S., or as a college or university instructor in the U.S. Nominators must be 18 years of age and have been a student of the nominee.
Deadline: December 15, 2013

Please check out our opportunities in the Events section for periodic updates.

OEA Publications

OEA publishes an award-winning magazine, an electronic newsletter, and a wide variety of booklets and brochures on topics of interest for educators. Learn more.

Additionally, you can find resources by navigating to each of the OEA Centers, listed in our "What's New" section. From election-related resources, to new professional development opportunities with our Center for Great Public Schools — this is a great place to find all that's new and relevant pertinent to public schools and the labor movement.