Central OEA/NEA offers a number of grant and incentive programs for its locals. A brief description of each can be found below. A more detailed description, including how to apply, can be found using the appropriate menu on the right.

COVID-19 Grant
Due to the distress caused by COVID-19, Central OEA/NEA local leaders are encouraged to apply for the 2021-2022 COVID-19 Grant, a one-time grant equivalent to $3/member to be used to assist the local’s membership for whatever needs their members may have.

Local Participation Award Program
Central's Local Participation Award Program is intended to build stronger, better-informed Local Associations by rewarding active participation in Central’s programming, as well as meeting other defined criteria. Local Associations that meet all required criteria can earn a total award of $1300 annually.

Growth & Development Grants
Central’s Growth & Development Grants are intended to: support ideas that grow and develop Local Associations, increase member engagement, and help locals continuously become stronger and more effective.

Local Emergency Grants
The Local Emergency Grant Program was created to assist Local Associations with projects of an immediate or urgent nature. Community initiatives such as school district levy or bond campaigns are examples of activities that align with the intended target of these grants.

Lobby Day Substitute Grant
In order to allow members to participate in OEA Lobby Days when they may not otherwise be able to, Central can award up to $100 per Local Association to cover the expense of a substitute. To qualify, a local must have conducted an OEA Fund drive.

Public Relations Grant
Local Associations are eligible for a Central OEA/NEA’s Public Relations Grant of up to $500 once every three years. Central will fund up to 20 Local Associations per year. The grant is considered seed money. It is hoped that the Local Association will build the activity into their budget over that period and be prepared to continue the program after Central OEA/NEA’s initial investment.

Central OEA/NEA’S Public Relations Grant is designed to provide support to Local Associations in engaging their members with the community. Grant funds can be used for a variety of items including, but not limited to:
  • Apparel
  • Awards
  • Banners
  • Buttons
  • Fair Booth
  • Involvement in a community charitable event
  • Yard signs welcoming kindergarteners or honoring graduating seniors