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.

Locals may apply at any time during the year, please note it may take up to 60 days to review and process.

Locals must conduct OEA Representative Assembly delegate elections in the fall and submit results to OEA to be considered for a Central OEA/NEA grant.

Each application must designate a Grant Coordinator who will receive a $100 stipend for being in charge of the local's grant process.

When applying for this grant, locals must choose ONE of the eight indicators in the Ohio Education Association’s Local Assessment Tool that best fits the grant proposal's goals.

As you review the Local Assessment Tool, you will find suggested activities and recommended initiatives that support the indicator’s growth.

Locals may apply for more than one grant during the school year, but the total amount per school year may not exceed the maximum allowed pursuant to the size of the local.

Click here for the OEA Local Assessment Tool.

The maximum grant amount per school year is based on the membership of the local:
  • 1-100 members - up to $1,500
  • 101-400 members - up to $2,500
  • 401-800 members - up to $3,500
  • 801+ members - up to $4,500

All grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis. 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. No gift cards (per NEA recommendation) or alcohol will be reimbursed.

All expenditures must be submitted on the Growth & Development Voucher form. The voucher will require:
  • 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
  • an attached sheet bearing the original itemized receipts verifying the delineated expenditures
The evaluation of the local’s grant will be based on the local’s success in meeting the goals tied to the OEA local assessment. Grants will be reviewed and if the local’s goal is not met, future grant funding is in jeopardy.

The Project Manager is available to meet with local grant coordinators at their request to assist with applications. Per Central vendor policy, unionized firms or suppliers, if available, shall provide goods or services.

You may apply online using this form