Grant & Award Opportunities

In This Section

Notes from the Backpack Podcast

Join PTA For Your Child

Funding from National PTA to Support your PTA

Reflections Alert Icon

New program funding opportunities for the 2024-2025 school year will be available at the end of August!

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.

Significant funding is available to support local efforts for your students, families and community to participate in educational activities that are engaging, inspiring and fun.

While funding is not needed to implement PTA programs, it can be used as support in running programs or making programs more accessible to all students (e.g., helping your PTA cover food, translators, etc.). The application process is easy (no prior grant-writing experience is needed), and the funding will help you reach your PTA’s goals in your school community.

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

Boca Raton Elementary Lynnhaven Elementary PTA Ballast Point Elementary Southwestern Elementary School Parent Robinson Elementary PTA Civano K-8 Pleasant Hill Elementary Parent Elem Canyons Transition Academy Odyssey Stem Academy PTSA

Grant funding made these events at schools throughout the country possible (read more examples of past grantee successes and #HowWePTA!)

Active Grants & Awards


Learn about the following opportunities:

National 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.

National PTA Awards PTAs with Program Funding


Each school year, National PTA provides funding to enhance family engagement and support our programs and strategic initiatives in schools across the country. Last school year, National PTA awarded over $650K in program funding to nearly 500K PTAs, thanks to our generous sponsors. These funds covered expenses to host PTA programs for students and families in the areas of mental health, STEM, digital safety, healthy lifestyles and the arts. Check out how National PTA helped state, district, council, region and local PTAs meet the critical needs of their students and families and celebrate the PTAs that received funding for the 2023-2024 school year.

Learn more about National PTA programs you can do with our without funding!

Previous Grants and Awards


Jan Harpe Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award

Feb. 5, 2024 – March 10, 2024

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. All diversity and inclusion efforts must be from the previous calendar year (2023).


Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards

May 1 – Oct. 15, 2023

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 top rank with their National PTA School of Excellence designation by demonstrating outstanding achievement engaging families in student success and school improvements. Local PTAs are encouraged to enroll in and complete the National PTA School of Excellence program during the 2022-2023 school year for consideration.


Announcing the 2023-2024 Center for Family Engagement Challenge Grant and Fellowship Recipients

National PTA’s Center for Family Engagement, with the generous support of GoGuardian, is excited to support these eight District/ Council/ Region (DCR) PTAs to adopt the updated National Standards for Family-School Partnerships through systems change approaches with this $2,000 in funding.

The 2023-2024 Advancing Family-School Partnerships Challenge Grant recipients are:
  • Hillsborough County Council PTA (Fla.)
  • Huntsville Council PTA (Ala.)
  • Nassau Region PTA (N.Y.)
  • Northwest ISD Council of PTAs (Texas)
  • Orange County Council PTA (Fla.)
  • Parma Council of PTAs (Ohio)
  • Richardson ISD Council of PTAs (Texas)
  • Ventura Council of PTAs (Calif.)

National PTA’s Center for Family Engagement, with the generous support of GoGuardian, will support these five principals with a $1,500 stipend for their learning and contributions. Through this 12-month fellowship, these principals will identify a local problem of practice to strengthen their leadership around family-school partnerships and advise on the development of new resources for school leaders to support implementation of National PTA’s updated National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

The 2023-2024 National PTA Principal Fellows for Family-School Partnerships are:
  • Dr. Latonya Cooper (Fla.)
  • Demetria Geathers (Fla.)
  • Dr. Julie Haake (Ill.)
  • Katrina Long (Ga.)
  • Richard Schwartz (N.Y.)