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The NEA Urban Grants Program
What are Urban Grants?
Since 1985, the National Education Association’s Urban Grants Program has supported local NEA affiliates in the development of education reform leadership programs for PreK-12/Graduate School faculty and education support professionals. Each year the NEA awards 25 Urban Grants in the amount of $5,000 each to NEA local affiliates to help support them with these programs.
The 2004-05 grant winners from six regions and 27 states were announced at the Dec. 1-4, 2004 meeting of the National Council of Urban Education Associations in Portland, OR. The winners received funding for projects that will help members complete college coursework needed to meet new federal requirements, encourage high quality classroom-focused professional development for teachers, help develop professional development geared toward elevating Latino students’ academic proficiency, and help develop a cadre of teacher mentors, among others.
The NEA Constituent Relations Department administers the program and looks for proposals that contribute to restoring public confidence in public education by reflecting some aspect of the NEA’s Strategic Priorities which include:
Student Achievement: Students with the skills and knowledge to function successfully in school so that they also may succeed as adults in the 21st century.
Teacher Quality: A qualified teacher in every classroom.
Education Support Professional Quality: Qualified education support professionals in classrooms and at worksites.
Quality School Systems: A quality public school for every student.
Public, Parental, and Business Support: A financial, technical, and political environment that promotes student achievement and great public schools.
Membership and Affiliate Support: Organize, mobilize, and manage resources to strengthen state and local affiliates in leading the movement for great public schools.
Who is eligible for an Urban Grant?
NEA local affiliates of 500 members or more who are listed with the NEA membership office or the largest local NEA affiliate of any state regardless of membership number are eligible to apply.
What is the Program Procedure?
Applicants submit a proposal to the NEA Constituent Relations/NCUEA Office. Proposals must be postmarked by September 30.
The Constituent Relations staff will correspond with each applicant as well as their respective state association and regional office, notifying them of receipt of the proposal.
Urban Grant winning affiliates are announced at the National Council of Urban Education Associations Fall Conference and publicized in NEA publications.*
* NEA reserves the right to publicize, reproduce, or use the reports and/or products resulting from any of the Urban Grants projects.
What are the responsibilities of Grant Recipients?
Submit interim and final progress reports to NEA Constituent Relations/NCUEA. Interim reports are due May 31 and final reports are due January 31.
Urban Grants recipients must be willing to share what they have learned from their projects at the NCUEA Fall Conference and in local Association-sponsored forums.
Any publications or media presentations prepared in conjunction with an Urban Grant must include the following statement: This project is supported by the National Education Association through its Urban Grants program.
Failure to submit interim and final reports may jeopardize any future grant requests. NEA will provide guidelines for the interim and final reports.
The final report is a full, substantive narrative of the project; includes copies of any final products, newspaper clippings, or photographs; and must be postmarked by January 31, one year after the grant has been awarded.
There is no specified form for the final report.
NEA reserves the right to request the refund of grant monies from any recipient that does not comply with these guidelines. Extenuating circumstances may be approved.
Proposal Deadline: September 30
Grants Awarded: By December 31
Project Duration: One year (December of the following year)
Interim Report: May 31
Final Report: January 31 following project completion
Proposal Review and Selection
A carefully selected committee of NEA local affiliate presidents and NEA staff reads and evaluates all parts of the applications and makes its judgments using the following criteria:
Application is complete and adheres to all instructions
Complies with NEA policy
Benefits the local Association
Involves local members in the project
Objectives are attainable and measurable
Promotes partnership and collaboration with school districts and other stakeholders
Demonstrates innovation, originality, and creativity
Meets identified needs
Shows potential for successful completion and replication
Timeline for activities is adequate for successful completion of project
Uses funds appropriately; estimates costs realistically
Confirms that project can continue after grant monies end
Decisions by the Evaluation Committee are final.
Please direct any questions you may have to:
NEA Constituent Relations/NCUEA
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Provide clear, complete responses to Parts I–VI below. To be considered, all parts must be answered and all requirements must be met.
Provide name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address of local affiliate. Two or more affiliates may submit a joint proposal for a cooperative effort; complete applicant information is required for each affiliate.
Provide name, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address of a) local affiliate president, b) local affiliate executive director/UniServ director, and c) project coordinator(s), who will be the contact person(s) for the duration of the project.
Indicate if the applicant has previously received an Urban Grant and if so, when. Proposals for continuing projects are only eligible for funding for three consecutive years.
Provide a 50-75 word summary description of the project.
Statement of Need
Provide a brief description of the need for the project and how it was determined. Indicate the number of Association members and other people involved, how the project will increase student achievement, and how teachers, education support professionals, and the Association will benefit from the completion of the project.
Objectives: List the specific objectives to be accomplished in the program, preferably in measurable terms.
Activities: State the activities that will take place to accomplish the objectives.
Products: Describe any products that will result from the project, if applicable.
Roles and responsibilities: List the principal people involved and their major responsibilities.
Timeline: Construct a timeline for the project. Note when major activities will take place. The project, or the phase of the project to be funded by an Urban Grant, must be completed by the following December.
Estimate project expenses, such as travel, supplies, and printing. Note additional funding source(s) if applicable. Funding from other sources (e. g., school system, private sector) supports the importance and viability of the project. No more than 25 percent of grant monies can be used for stipends, substitute teachers, release time, outside speakers, or consultants.
Three dated signatures are required:
Local Affiliate President
Local Affiliate Executive Director/UniServ Director
Committed to Peaceful Resolution in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
The Chester Upland Education Association (CUEA) is taking the lead in efforts to curb student violence.
“Students in the Chester Upland School District are in dire need of conflict resolution programs,” notes CUEA President Melody Subashi. “Our school administration changes so frequently, we had to take on the responsibility for these programs.”
This CUEA program focuses on providing better training to educators on how to recognize the signs of violence, how to prevent it, and how to cope with it should it unfold. It also examines how violence in the home or community leads to violence in the schools.
“NEA, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and CUEA are committed to finding ways to reduce violence in our schools. The NEA Urban Grant was a first step in that commitment,” Subashi adds.
Urban Grant Project Ideas
Cooperation, collaboration, and community are the trademarks of the many innovative programs developed by large urban locals of the National Education Association under this mini-grant program. Successful Urban Grant applicants have focused on NEA’s Strategic Priorities and have contributed to restoring public confidence in public education through their projects. Listed below are project ideas.
Making Low Performing Schools A Priority
Forming Literacy Programs For At-Risk Students
Involving The Broad Community In Education
Electronic Networking With Community
School Safety Programs
Professional Development Activities
Community Awareness Of School Effectiveness
Partnerships To Help Students Learn
Technology In Urban Schools
Promoting Diversity And Equity In Urban Schools
Team Building Innovations
Teacher Recruitment And Retention
Encouraging Young People To Enter The Teaching Profession
Dropout Prevention Programs
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