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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.

Programs Grants Coming Soon!

 

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National PTA will announce a new round of grant opportunities in late August to support PTAs as they implement programs and continue to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Stay tuned and learn about National PTA's In-Person and At-Home programs at PTA.org/Programs.





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We are proud to announce the recipients of the Center for Family Engagement's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion grant and the National PTA Programs In-Person and At-Home grants!

Nationals PTA Programs model offers engaging, educational and fun activities for all students and their families in-person and at-home—with or without access to technology. Learn More.

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Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards

May 1 – Oct. 1, 2022


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.

 

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

 

2022 Family-School Partnerships Challenge Grant

June 6 – July 17, 2022

National PTA’s Center for Family Engagement was established to take a deliberate and focused approach to reimagining family engagement practices and policies for greater equity and effectiveness, and to apply transformative family engagement approaches at scale. As part of this work, the Center for Family Engagement is leading an update to the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. The Center for Family Engagement will support up to 10 PTAs (state, district-council-region, or special interest) to deepen their learning and leadership in the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships through this $2,500 grant.

 

Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award

Mar. 7 – Mar. 27, 2022

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 (2021).

 

PTA Connected + TikTok Grant Sponsored by TikTok

Jan. 10 – Jan. 25, 2022

Sponsored by TikTok, 40 local PTAs will be awarded a grant of $1,000 each to host family-centered conversations within high school communities about digital kindness, safety and responsibility. Grant recipients will be required to organize and host a high school student panel; educate participants about digital kindness, safety, responsibility and TikTok’s safety features; and facilitate interactive learning among participants. National PTA is developing resources to support PTAs hosting these events. The grant application deadline is Jan. 25. Learn more at PTA.org/TikTok!

 

Center for Family Engagement’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Grant

Nov. 19 – Dec. 19, 2021

Up to 30 local PTAs will be awarded $500 in grand funding (with potential for additional implementation funding) to enhance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practices in their school communities. To successfully complete this grant, your PTA must be willing to complete a diversity profile, facilitate listening sessions or one on one interviews with families to learn more about their interests and needs, and create an action plan based on your learning.

 

Programs Grants

Nov. 10 – Dec. 13, 2021

While we are pleased to be able to offer financial assistance, don't forget—you do not need a grant to run a National PTA program. Visit PTA.org/Programs to learn more about the amazing PTA Programs available to you!


STEM + Families Math Night Grant Sponsored by Mathnasium

National PTA is awarding 35 local PTAs with $1,000 in grant funding, to co-host a Math Night, in collaboration with Mathnasium. PTAs will organize a hands-on, In-Person Math Night, if permitted by school guidelines and CDC protocols. If not permitted, your PTA will plan a Real Time, Virtual Math Night. PTAs must use the provided National PTA STEM + Families Math Night resources and work to ensure students and families actively participate in the activities to enhance positive family engagement. If your PTA does not have a local Mathnasium Center located near your school, Mathnasium will provide your PTA support and training in hosting a Virtual Math Night. The grant application deadline is Dec. 13. Learn more at PTA.org/MathNight!


Tobacco Prevention Campaign Grant Sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

We are awarding 10 local PTAs/PTSAs—serving 6th to 12th grade students their families—$1,000 each in grant funding, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. For this grant, your PTA/PTSA must promote our Tobacco Prevention Campaign and:

  • Demonstrate existing PTA-leader or student-led tobacco prevention education advocacy efforts and activities, including e-cigarette and flavored tobacco use prevention in your school community or local community
  • Be willing to educate and engage youth and families in continued education and advocacy activities, by hosting campaign events
  • Distribute and promote National PTA co-created tobacco prevention campaign materials throughout the school year

Examples of tobacco-free youth prevention efforts and activities:

  • Leading and advocating for school or local community tobacco-free youth prevention efforts, such as prohibiting flavored e-cigarettes and all other flavored tobacco products.
  • Advocate for school and/or community-wide tobacco-free youth policies.
  • Host family events to educate youth and families about e-cigarette use and flavored tobacco product use among youth.
  • Provide after-school student groups and clubs with information about youth e-cigarette use and flavored tobacco product use among youth.

The grant application deadline is Dec. 13. Learn more at PTA.org/TobaccoPrevention!


STEM + Families Science Festival Grant Sponsored by Bayer Fund

40 local PTAs will be awarded $1,000 in grand funding, sponsored by Bayer Fund, to provide opportunities for families to participate in shared, hands-on science activities and be inspired to pursue careers in STEM. To successfully complete this grant, your PTA must be willing to run a hands-on science festival program using the National PTA STEM + Families Science Festival resources and ensure both students and families actively participate in the experiments, to enhance positive family engagement. This grant is open to PTAs that are located within a 55-mile radius of the following regions: St. Louis, Missouri; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Berkeley, California; and Whippany, New Jersey. The grant application deadline is Dec. 13. Learn more at PTA.org/Science!

 

Programs Grants

Aug. 25 – Sep 27, 2021

National PTA offers grant funding for local PTAs who are interested in implementing a National PTA program in the areas of STEM, literacy, digital citizenship, healthy minds and the arts. Grant funds can provide extra support to PTAs in running their program or making their program accessible to all students.

Family Reading Experience Grant, Sponsored by Office Depot OfficeMax

25 local PTAs will be awarded $1,000 in grand funding, sponsored by Office Depot OfficeMax, to implement the National PTA Family Reading Experience program to connect families with resources within their school communities. The goal of the program is to help expand student access to books and diversify libraries at home, in school and in the community. The grant dollars must be used to implement this National PTA program. Check out PTA.org/FamilyReading.


Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant

Two local PTAs will be awarded $1,000 in grand funding to administer student-centered programs that increase access to high-quality arts learning experiences and create new pathways for students to participate in the National PTA Reflections program. To be eligible for the Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement grant, your PTA must be participating in the 2021-2022 I Will Change the World By… Reflections program. The grant dollars must be used to provide new pathways for at-risk and underserved students to participate in arts education, including the Reflections program. Learn more.


PTA Connected SmartTalk Grant, Sponsored by NortonLifeLock

30 local PTAs will be awarded $1,000 in grand funding to facilitate PTA Connected Smart Talk family conversations in their school communities. The Smart Talk is an interactive tool created by National PTA and NortonLifeLock that walks families through a series of guided digital safety questions, then creates a personalized family agreement for how technology will be used at home. For this specific grant, your PTA must be willing to host a discussion that families and students participate in together about digital safety and The Smart Talk tool. National PTA has developed resources to support this discussion. Check out PTA.org/SmartTalk.


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

50 local PTAs will be awarded $1,000 in grand funding, sponsored by Huntington Ingalls Industries, to connect families with engaging STEM activities. To successfully complete this grant, your PTA must be willing to run a hands-on STEM+ Families Propelling Our World (Engineering Design Challenge) Program using the National PTA Propelling Our World resources, as well as to ensure the engineering design challenge activities allow both students and families to actively participate in the experiments, to enhance positive family engagement. In addition, using the available National PTA program resources, your PTA must be willing to educate families about STEM careers, including those careers involving skilled trades. Check out PTA.org/Engineering.


PTA Healthy Minds Grant, Sponsored by GoGuardian

15 local PTAs will be awarded $1,000 in grand funding, sponsored by GoGuardian, to equip families with the tools they need to build healthy minds. For this specific grant, your PTA must be willing to distribute and promote the National PTA Healthy Minds resources throughout the school year, gather data to better understand the mental health needs of students and families in your school community, and collaborate with your school leadership on ways to provide appropriate school-based mental health resources and services to families and students. Learn more about this specific grant opportunity here and about Healthy Minds in general here.