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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.

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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National PTA Programs at Home Grantees

We are proud to announce the recipients of the PTA Programs at Home grants!

The PTA Programs at Home models offer engaging, educational and fun activities for all students and their families—with or without access to technology. The models include Real-Time, At Your Own Pace and Tech-Free. PTAs can use one or a mix of these models with families in their school communities. While grants are being provided to support PTAs in conducting these program models in their school communities, PTA Programs at Home materials will be available to all PTAs in January at

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards

May 1 – Oct 1, 2021

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 2021-2022 school year for consideration.



National PTA Life Achievement Award

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.


Previous Awards & Grants

Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award

Jan. 12 – March 14, 2020

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 (2020).


Healthy Hydration Grants, Sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America

November 2 – 24, 2020

30 local PTAs will be awarded a grant of $1,000 each sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America, together with its national brand Nestlé® Pure Life®, to educate families about the importance of drinking water. $500 will be awarded to 10 local PTAs who participated in the Healthy Hydration program in the 2019-2020 school year, providing an opportunity for these PTAs to advocate for health improvements in their school communities. Grant winners will be announced on December 18th. 


PTA Connected Smart Talk Conversation Grants, Sponsored by TikTok and NortonLifelock

November 2 – 24, 2020

40 local PTAs will be awarded a grant of $1,000 each sponsored by TikTok and NortonLifeLock to foster PTA Connected Smart Talk Conversations within their school communities. The Smart Talk is an interactive contract created by National PTA and NortonLifeLock that walks families through a series of guided questions to establish a digital safety conversation and then create a personalized family agreement. Grant winners will be announced on December 18th. 


STEM + Families Science Festival Grants, Sponsored by Bayer

November 2 – 24, 2020

30 local PTAs will be awarded a grant of $1,000 each sponsored Bayer to help engage families in their school communities in science activities. The goal of the program is to make science more accessible and less intimidating to students and their families. Grant winners will be announced on December 18th. 


STEM + Families Propelling Our World Grants, Sponsored by Huntington Ingalls Industries

November 2 – 24, 2020

30 local PTAs will be awarded a grant of $1,000 each sponsored by Huntington Ingalls Industries to connect families with engaging STEM activities. The goal of the program is to inspire students and families to become more interested in STEM, and more specifically in the skilled trades, and eventually consider careers in these fields. Grant winners will be announced on December 18th. 


Mary Lou Anderson ArtsEd Grants

November 2 – 24, 2020

Two local PTAs will be awarded $1,000 to administer student-centered programs that increase access to high quality arts learning experiences and new pathways for students to participate in National PTA’s Reflections program. The Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant opportunity places special emphasis on increasing access to arts education among at-risk and under-served students. Grant winners will be announced on December 18th. 


PTA COVID-19 Relief Fund

June 1 – July 12, 2020

In moments of crisis, PTA is there working for our teachers, families and students. To help PTAs across the country support their school communities in need, National PTA has partnered with social media app TikTok to create the PTA COVID-19 Relief Fund. We are awarding $550,000 in funding to help PTAs meet the most pressing needs of their school community during the ongoing pandemic. Funds can be used to maintain existing programs or start new ones, such as helping families that are food insecure, supporting mental health programs, providing distance learning resources or helping with technology costs so students can continue learning online at home.