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Awards & Grants

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.

2017 National PTA STEM + Families Math Grants

National PTA and Mathnasium are partnering to empower families to support student success and fill a critical gap in STEM education. The 2017 National PTA STEM + Families Math Grants, sponsored by Mathnasium, award local PTAs $1,000 to host one STEM + Families Math Event with students and families at their Elementary School between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15. National PTA and Mathnasium will provide awardees with all of the materials, training and support necessary for a successful STEM + Families Math event. No prior math experience needed! 

Completed applications must be submitted online (in Spanish) by Aug. 31 at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST for consideration. Awardees will be notified by Sep. 15.

Questions about the process, the application, or what a Math Event looks like? National PTA staff will answer all of your questions in a free webinar on July 18 at 3:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. PST.

Register for our webinar here.

Can’t join us at 3pm on July 18th? Don’t worry! This webinar will be recorded and available for download.

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.

Mary Lou Anderson Grants 

The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides up to $1,000 in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects within their school community. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences. Arts projects must actively engage families and community partners to strengthen family-school partnerships.

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.

Phoebe Apperson Award

The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards for innovation in family engagement, named after National PTA co-founder Phoebe Apperson Hearst, recognizes and celebrates 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. 

Take Your Family to School Week Grants - Coming Fall, 2018

Provides local PTAs with funding to host 2018 Take Your Family to School Week events.