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NEA Great Public Schools Fund Grants Continue to Contribute to Success

WASHINGTON - December 07, 2016 -

The National Education Association has awarded $5.5 million in grants to 22 state and local affiliates from its Great Public Schools (GPS) Fund Grants program. GPS Fund grants are designed to help enhance the education profession and promote student success. NEA members established the GPS Fund in 2013.

“Nobody knows better than educators what their students need to succeed in the classroom,” said NEA Vice President Becky Pringle. “Through these grants, we are providing the resources to put plans and programs in action that really will help ensure opportunity, equity, and success for every public school student in America.”

The GPS Fund Grants program was established because NEA members believed that the Association could do more to help ensure the success of all students, regardless of their ZIP code. Previous grants have been used to support bullying and suicide prevention programs, increase the number of nationally board certified teachers (NBCTs), and provide professional development opportunities for educators. The grants also support programs that focus on successful students, accomplished professionals, dynamic collaboration, and empowered leaders.

The grants are awarded biannually. Deadlines for submitting an application are June 1st and December 1st.

“Educators around the country reach, teach, and inspire students every day to learn and achieve their dreams, and to support their work we need to continue to accelerate the transformation of public education—these grants help with this process,” said Pringle.
Grants from the GPS Fund are made directly to NEA state and local affiliates for promising projects and ideas that improve student success. The funds also help affiliates build partnerships with local organizations and work with key education stakeholders to develop and implement programs and policies that emphasize student success through union-led efforts.

Since its inception, the GPS Fund has awarded more than 100 grants, totaling more than $26 million to NEA affiliates.

To learn more about the GPS Fund grants visit

See below for information on the current round of grantees.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing nearly 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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