Award & Grant Opportunities

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Engage, Support, Improve, Increase, Celebrate

Throughout the year, National PTA offers awards or grants to honor or support PTAs as they: engage families, support student success, improve the health and safety of students and families, increase access to arts education or celebrate advocacy and diversity.

National PTA is committed to promoting and encouraging many types of diversity and inclusion as part of our commitment to every child. In addition to evaluating the merits of each application, we may also consider geography, need, and other criteria to ensure a robust and diverse pool of grantees.

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STEM + Families Science Festivals

June 22, 2018 - August 26, 2018

National PTA and Bayer have teamed up to promote Science Festivals with two unique grants available depending on your type of PTA. The 2018 - 2019 National PTA STEM + Families Science Grants sponsored by Bayer will award $1,000 to 30 local PTAs to host a STEM + Families Science Festival, and $3,000 to five State, District, Council or Region PTAs to partner with local PTAs in hosting Science Festivals. Learn more and apply.

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STEM + Families Math Grants

June 22, 2018 - August 26, 2018

National PTA and Mathnasium are partnering to empower families to support student success and fill a critical gap in STEM education. The 2018 National PTA STEM + Families Math Grants sponsored by Mathnasium award 35 local PTAs $1,000 to host one STEM + Families Math event with students and families at their Elementary School. Learn more and apply.

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Healthy Lifestyles Grant

June 22, 2018 - August 26, 2018

National PTA and GOYA-Move are partnering to support Healthy Lifestyles month by offering $1,000 to 15 local PTAs who commit to hosting a "Get Off Your Apps" Physical Activity Event at their elementary and middle schools during the month of November. Learn more and apply.

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Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards

The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards for innovation in family engagement, named after National PTA co-founder Phoebe Apperson Hearst, recognize and celebrate achievement in building effective family-school partnerships. The awards are presented to PTAs that have earned the National PTA School of Excellence designation and demonstrated outstanding success engaging families in student success and school improvements. The awards are the highest honor National PTA presents to effective family engagement. Become eligible by enrolling in the National PTA School of Excellence program between May 1 and October 1 at PTA.org/Excellence.

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PTA Life Achievement Awards

Give the award of a lifetime. Give the National PTA Life Achievement Award—the highest honor from the nation’s largest child advocacy organization—to the person who daily lives out his or her commitment to children. Complete the Form or call (800) 307-4782 to submit your request.

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Previous Awards & Grants

Jan Harp Domene Award

The purpose of the Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award contest is to recognize PTAs that are dedicated to the needs of all families represented in their schools. The contest acknowledges PTAs that develop practices that are inclusive and equal for all families and that result in positive change.

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Reflections 50th Grant

April 2, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Host an arts education event this Fall in celebration of the Reflections 50th Anniversary! The Reflections 50th Grant supports local PTAs offering high quality arts education activities. Competitive proposals will welcome all students to explore the Reflections annual theme and have fun developing arts skills and knowledge. Applications available April-June. Awarded projects must occur between September 1 and November 1, 2018.

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STEM + Families Tech Grants sponsored by Microsoft

National PTA and Microsoft are partnering to empower families to support student success and fill a critical gap in STEM education. The 2018 National PTA STEM + Families Tech Grants sponsored by Microsoft will award $1,000 to 35 local PTAs to host a STEM + Families Tech Night in the spring of 2018.

Congratulations to the 2018 National PTA STEM + Families Tech Night Grant Recipients!

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Center for Family Engagement Fellowship

National PTA’s Center for Family Engagement is excited to invite PTA leads who have completed the Schools of Excellence Program to apply for the National PTA Family Engagement Fellowship.

National Fellows will engage in ongoing learning and reflection, as well as support local and national family engagement work. Up to five Fellows will be chosen to participate and receive $1,500 for this 15 month opportunity. The application deadline is closed as of 11:59 EDT, Sunday, April 22.

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State PTA Family Engagement Innovation Challenge

Through the State PTA Family Engagement Innovation Challenge, National PTA will support up to five states to identify new and impactful approaches to engaging families in student success in their local and/or district PTAs. Selected states will receive $3,000 and significant learning and networking opportunities within and outside PTA, as well as the chance to compete for up to $8,000 worth of publicity support and implementation funding in 2019.

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