Award & Grant Opportunities

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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.

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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 11:59 EDT, Sunday, April 22.

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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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Reflections 50th Grant

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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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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Previous Awards & Grants

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. 

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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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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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Take Your Family to School Week Grants

In celebration of National PTA’s Founder’s Day, this year, we are excited to support local PTA’s in hosting family engagement events throughout Take Your Family to School Week. This grant, sponsored by Chrysler and Google Chromebook will provide $1,000 to 55 local PTA’s who commit to hosting an event that focuses on one of three PTA programmatic themes: Health and Safety; Literacy and Digital Learning.

Congratulations to the 2018 Take Your Family to School Week Grant Winners!

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