Could you use money to engage your members and the community?
Need some start-up funds for a special project that will promote your local in the community?
Strengthening the relationship between a local association and the community is a key element in building a strong and successful local association. Participation in community events also offers locals the opportunity to enhance their visibility as vital, contributing members of their communities.

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 event Races
Yard signs

The following guidelines will be used for grant application review:
1. Grant proposals should promote education through the educator, local association and Central OEA/NEA
2. Grant proposals that enhance the local education association status will be given first consideration
3. Any items created should include the name of the local association
4. Central OEA/NEA’s name should be prominently displayed in any publicity and should be credited with assisting in the presentation of the project
5. In order to be eligible for Central OEA/NEA’s PR Grant, locals must have elected delegates who attended the previous Central OEA/NEA RA
6. Submission of a photo of members participating in the event or with the items, along with copies of news coverage (local newsletter coverage is acceptable) no more than two weeks following the event

To apply, click here.

The 2019 Technology Awards have all been allocated. Locals who did not get an award are eligible to apply in 2020.

On a three-year rotating basis, Central OEA/NEA will provide locals with a laptop (PC/Windows based) or iPad to assist with organizing and communicating with their members. To receive a laptop, a local officer must complete the Technology Award online registration by October 1 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 will not be awarded.

Please note: Computers will no longer be provided through Growth and Development Grants.

The Local Emergency Grant Program was created to assist local associations with projects of an immediate or emergency nature. Community initiatives like school district levy or bond campaigns are examples of activities that align with the intended target of these grants.

These grants should not focus on leadership development or other association building initiatives which should be addressed in a Growth and Development Grant proposal.

Grants will be awarded on an as needed basis. The grant will be a one-time award and the awarded grant will be for one year or less.

The grant will be paid on a reimbursement basis. All expenditures must be submitted on the Local Emergency Grant voucher form. The voucher will require a separate page for each proposed goal and include:
  • a brief narrative of the activities for the specific goal;
  • the date/s the activities were completed;
  • an itemization of the individual expenditures for goods or services for the specific goal;
  • the itemized cost/s of the purchased items or services;
  • and, an attached sheet bearing the original receipts verifying the delineated expenditures.
Per Central vendor policy, unionized firms or suppliers, if available, shall provide goods or services.

The information provided in this reimbursement report is vital to the continuing improvement of the Local Emergency Grant Program; it will enable Central to assist in providing other local associations with examples of grants that correctly align with this grant.

If a local has a special need to receive grant funds prior to completion of an activity, advancement of grant funds will be considered upon request. Priority will be given to first time applicants, but this does not prohibit locals applying yearly for new projects.

Click here to complete the online Local Emergency Grant application.

Click here to go to the Documents Library where you will find the Grants Folder containing the Local Emergency Grant Voucher forms.

Central's Local Participation Award Program is intended to build stronger, better-informed locals by rewarding active participation in Central’s programming, along with meeting other defined criteria. Locals that meet all nine (9) required criteria (see below) will earn a total award of $800 annually. An initial awards payment will be made to local associations in January, with the balance of the award paid in June.

Qualifying Events: Locals will be awarded for:
  • Attend each of 2 Area Meetings --$50 each; $100 total
  • Attend & Vote @ both OEA RAs --$100
  • Attend & Vote @ Central RA --$100
  • Attend OEA Treasurers’ Workshop --$50
  • C & B Compliance --$50
  • Producing & submitting 4 or more local newsletters --$100
  • Meeting your OEA FCPE goal --$50
  • Membership: 90%+ or increase by 3% --$150
  • Elect full complement of delegates to OEA RA --$100
Online registration via Central's web site is mandatory for tracking local association attendance at events and determining monetary awards.

Member Communication/Newsletter
Quarterly newsletters shall go out to all local members and share from the following suggestions along with any local news:
1. Central, OEA and/or NEA upcoming events for: PD, leadership development, diversity training, lobbying, FCPE drive, RA news, etc.
2. Local tidbits: such as meeting dates and places, a “contractual right of members”, something positive about one or more member or local committee
3. Share with your local’s newsletter editor that s/he should send a digital copy when sending to your members to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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