COVID-19 Relief


Grant Opportunity for COVID-19 Relief Funding

National PTA is pleased to announce that we will be distributing $1.25 million dollars in COVID relief funds to over 150 local and District/Council/Region PTAs across the country. With generous support from TikTok, this emergency grant funding is intended to allow your PTA to help meet the most pressing needs of your school community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don't Miss: Discover additional resources for how National PTA is helping PTAs as we Tackle COVID-19 Together.

Award Amounts


  • $5,000 for each Local PTA
  • $15,000 for each District/Council/Region PTA



Issue Area

Awarded funds must be used to address one of the following issues areas to help provide relief to as many families in your community as possible (not just current PTA members).

Make sure to consider who the most vulnerable populations are in your school community and keep a focus on equity when choosing what supports to provide.

Relief funding issue areas include:

Food Security

These examples have been shared with us from PTAs across the country who have been working to address community needs in the wake of COVID-19. Examples that are marked with an asterisk (*) are ones that you can start today! We don’t expect you to be able to implement these actions, but are providing them as ideas to help get you started.

1. Support your school district’s meal pick up and deliveries with additional meals/groceries/food supports
Connect with your school district and school administration to see if your PTA can fund extended meal distribution (such as on the weekend). Connect with your school administration on the distribution of meal packages.

Who to consult: PTA Board, District level school supports, your school administration, school counselors, local businesses, local nonprofits.

2. Connect with Local Food Bank(s) Organize information to let families know how to access these resources in your community:
Where it is, how to get there, when it is open, what to do when they arrive. Distribute this information via electronic communication, such as email and social media, but also consider using your funds to print flyers (English/Spanish) that can be distributed via your school or district meal pick-up/drop off service.

Who to consult: PTA Board, District level school supports, School administration, school support staff, such as the Social Worker, local businesses, local nonprofits.

3. Help Food Pantries Identify New Locations Ideally, families should not have to travel far to get to a food pantry.
To increase accessibility for those most in need, identify convenient locations to families homes. This could be at your school, the library, community center, or other central locations. Connect with local food banks and non-profits to advocate for and support satellite food pantry locations.

Who to consult: PTA Board, District level school supports, School administration, school support staff, such as the Social Worker, local nonprofits.

Mental Health/Social Emotional Support

These examples have been shared with us from PTAs across the country who have been working to address community needs in the wake of COVID-19. Examples that are marked with an asterisk (*) are ones that you can start today! We don’t expect you to be able to implement these actions, but are providing them as ideas to help get you started.

1. Issue virtual contests, daily challenges, morale boosters to lift spirits* 
Celebrate School Spirit Week Online. Host a virtual talent show or art contest. Post weekly update/check-in videos featuring members of your school community. Use National PTA arts education tools to start your Reflections program.

Who to consult: Your PTA Board. If possible, see if your school's social media platforms can participate.

2. Promote family engagement activities* 
Organize a chalk the walk (families draw specific objects/characters around a theme in front of their houses); animal safari (Stuffed animals in windows); scavenger hunt (colors, themes, numbers), etc. Encourage families to walk around their neighborhoods and share in on the fun.

Who to consult: Your PTA Board. If possible, see if you can connect with your school’s family engagement coordinator or school counselor to reach all families.

3. Coordinate the creation of wellbeing kits (first aid, hygiene and/or mental health care packages)
This would need to be accomplished with zero human contact. Work with your school district or school administration to distribute or create a form for families to order supplies that the PTA pays for.

Who to consult: PTA Board, District level school supports, your school administration, school counselors, local businesses, local nonprofits

Distance Learning

These examples have been shared with us from PTAs across the country who have been working to address community needs in the wake of COVID-19. Examples that are marked with an asterisk (*) are ones that you can start today! We don’t expect you to be able to implement these actions, but are providing them as ideas to help get you started.

1. Ensure that all guidance to parents is provided in the appropriate languages for your community*
Double check that all opportunities and instructions for families are in all languages spoken in your community. Advocate for your families to ensure that everyone is receiving the same educational opportunities.

Who to consult: PTA Board, school administration

2. Share distance learning and enrichment resources
Curate a list of resources that enhance your school curriculum. Post online and distribute hard copies to families. This can be done by mail or for pick-up at school district distribution sites (if your school already has this in place). If possible, create themed packets for each week to keep families engaged. You can use special Office Depot discounts for PTAs to have the packets printed and shipped directly to where you need!

Who to consult: PTA Board, your school administration, school counselors, teacher support

3. Coordinate the creation of learning supply kits Identify supplies that could be distributed to families with food pick-up (if your school already has this in place).
Examples of this could be school supply care packages (include things like notebooks, pencils, markers, etc.), enrichment kits to promote hands-on engagement in the arts, STEM, physical activity, or reading (book kits!). A great place to start is National PTA’s STEM @ Home experiment kits.

Who to consult: PTA Board, District level school supports, your school administration, local businesses, local nonprofits

Internet and Device Access

These examples have been shared with us from PTAs across the country who have been working to address community needs in the wake of COVID-19. Examples that are marked with an asterisk (*) are ones that you can start today! We don’t expect you to be able to implement these actions, but are providing them as ideas to help get you started.

1. Equip families with the knowledge of what is available to them to access the internet at home
Many service providers have updated their low-cost internet offers (several are free for the next couple of months!). EveryoneOn is a nonprofit partner of National PTA who specializes in helping to increase internet accessibility for families across the country. Enter your zip code into their website to identify the offers in your area (no identifying information needed!). Create and print a flyer to share at school distribution sites. Also consider sending an email to essential businesses in your community to ask if they will post or distribute to customers, if able.

Who to consult: PTA Board, school administration, local businesses

2. Provide families with the tools they need to access the internet at home
Partner with the appropriate school resource staff to purchase and help organize the distribution of WiFi hotspots to families without internet connections in your community.

Who to consult: PTA Board, school counselors, family engagement coordinator

3. Ensure that families have enough devices for all members of their family
Organize a remote device drive to collect used devices and use your funds to have them sanitized and set-up with the appropriate school applications before distributing to families in need. Partner with your school technologist, media specialist or librarian to ensure everything is set-up correctly.

Who to consult: PTA Board, school administration, school counselors, family engagement coordinator



Timeline

The grants process will be rolled out in three phases:

National PTA School of Excellence
  • Phase One
    Application is open May 1-17, 2020 (awarded June 1) and is invite only for PTAs who were participating in the 2019-2020 School of Excellence program. All funding from phase one will need to be spent by Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Phase Two
    Application is open June 1-July 12, 2020 (awarded Aug. 5) and is available to all local and District/Council/Region PTAs.  PTA’s who receive funding in phase one will be ineligible for phase two funding. All funding from phase two will need to be spent by Dec. 11, 2020.
  • Phase Three
    In fall 2020, additional funding will be made available to phase one and two awardees who submit a request to continue their projects into the winter/spring. Funding will be capped at $5,000 per PTA. All funding from phase three will need to be spent by May 31, 2021. 


Eligibility Requirements


To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Be a local, district, council or regional PTA in good standing as determined by your State PTA.
  2. Partner with members of the community to identify and support maximum impact of relief funding.
  3. Submit an ACH form for disbursement of funds via direct deposit to your PTA.
  4. Participate in a grant recipient community of practice. This includes attending a minimum of two support training calls.
  5. Submit two project reports (one mid-way and one final).

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. 


Grant Application Tips and Extra Help


  1. Before you start, print and review the application with your PTA board: Application will be available on June 1 

  2. Schedule time to talk with your school principal and appropriate school support staff to discuss this opportunity and identify the best ways your PTA can help. 

  3. Join us for a Live Chat to get your questions answered:

  4. Plan to start writing your application at least two weeks before the due date.

  5. Ask another board member to review your answers before submitting your application.




Questions?

Contact Grants@PTA.org