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.

  • 2014-2015 Promising Practices Grants - UniServ Council Form 
    (To be completed by each UniServ Council and submitted to OEA's Center for Great Public Schools by Nov 14, 2014)
  • 2014-2015 Promising Practices Grants - OEA Member Form

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!

California Casualty Athletic Grants

The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant was established to provide support to public high school sports programs negatively impacted by reduced budgets. Awards must be used to help subsidize school sports programs in ways such as purchasing new equipment or paying for competition travel costs. The grant cannot be used for individual student awards. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2015.

Learn more and apply here.

Oregon Sustainable School Awards

Applications are being accepted from Oregon K-12 schools and districts for the Oregon Sustainable School Awards—and will also be evaluated for nomination for the U.S. Department of Education 2015 Green Ribbon (GRS) recognition program.

The Oregon award recognizes a school that best addresses all four “pillar” areas: 1) Environmental Impacts, 2) Healthy, Safe Students and Staff, 3) Education for Sustainability, and 4) Social Sustainability. The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School program recognizes schools and districts across the U.S. for progress within Pillars 1-3. Informational conference calls in Nov. 2014.

Application deadline is Jan. 12, 2015. Learn more and apply here.

2014-2015 School Wellness Awards

The Oregon Department of Education wants to recognize schools for their efforts and to draw attention to the great work schools are able to accomplish in promoting their school wellness policies and creating healthier school environments. Three Oregon schools will receive a $2,500 award to further fund wellness efforts; a personalized plaque; and a custom banner for their school.

Applications due: Jan. 16, 2015, NLT 5:00 PM. Learn more here

OEA Choice Trust Employee Wellness Grant Program—2014

The OEA Choice Trust School Employee Wellness Grant Program is designed to allow school employees the flexibility to design and tailor their own programs to best match their individual school’s goals and priorities for healthier living. OEA Choice Trust Employee Wellness Grants range from $2,500 to $25,000 per grant year. Applicants will be asked to describe how they intend to establish a sustainable school employee wellness program, what actions they will implement to achieve goals and objectives, and how they will measure success.

Wellness Grant Program information and online application at, or download the 2014 application package here.

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

OEA Trainings

As an OEA member, you have access to a wealth of training opportunities relating to your career as an educator. Brush up on your professional practices - and learn more about the important work of your union - through the OEA Union School! Check out their training opportunities here.

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 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.