NFIE offers small grants

More Money Than Ever for Grants!

The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) offers hundreds of grants up to $5,000 per project to fund your BIG ideas. The mission of the Foundation is to ensure that all students succeed.

Applications for Innovation and Learning & Leadership grants are accepted on an ongoing, year-round basis and will be reviewed according to the schedule below. Proposals received after these dates will be included in the next cycle. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the award date.

NFIE Application Deadlines

Application received by: Notification by:
September 15 February 15
February 1 June 15
June 1 November 15

Innovation Grants fund break-the-mold innovations that significantly improve achievement for underserved learners. Learning & Leadership Grants provide opportunities to engage in high-quality professional development and lead colleagues in professional growth.

These grants are available for all subjects, including the arts, literacy, science, and technology. Additional funds are available for arts education through Fine Arts or Arts@Work Grants.

All practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades K-12, education support professionals, or higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities are eligible to apply, with preference given to members of the National Education Association. The foundation encourages grant applications from teachers and staff with less than seven years of experience in the profession and education support professionals.

Visit The NEA Foundation's Web site for complete program details, guidelines, examples of funded projects, and an application. Or call us at 202.822.7840.

NEA Foundation Web site