On a three-year rotating basis, Central OEA/NEA will provide each local with one laptop (PC/Windows-based) or iPad to assist with organizing and communicating with members. To receive a laptop, a local officer must complete the Technology Award online registration by October 1st AND have a local officer present at the November All Area Meeting to pick it up. If a local officer cannot attend the All Area Meeting, the laptop/iPad will not be awarded. Please note: Computers will no longer be provided through Growth and Development Grants. Local Participation Award Program
Central's Local Participation Award Program is intended to build stronger, better-informed locals by rewarding active participation in Central’s programming, as well as meeting other defined criteria. Locals that meet all nine (9) required criteria will earn a total award of $800 annually. Growth & Development Grants
Central’s Growth & Development Grants are intended to: support ideas that grow and develop locals, 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 to cover the expense of a substitute. To qualify, a local must have conducted an FCPE drive. Public Relations Grant
Locals 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 locals per year. The grant is considered seed money. It is hoped that the local 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 locals 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 local charitable events, Races and Yard signs.