Apply for a Grant

The OEA Foundation accepts applications for grant funding from September 1 to July 15 each year.

UPDATE 9/11/2020:

Due to the widespread destruction wildfires are causing in our communities, the OEA Foundation Board has set up special fire-impacted grants for public school students served by members of the Oregon Education Association. OEA members who know of a student who has been impacted are encouraged to apply. We are stronger together.

  • Grants for fire-impacted public school students will be made available for up to $250 per student.
  • Only OEA members may apply on behalf of the student.
  • Students who are members as of Sept. 7, 2020 through the NEA Aspiring Educators membership program are eligible to receive a grant, and may apply on their own behalf.
  • Grants are for items not covered by FEMA, Red Cross, homeowner or renter insurance (see OEA Foundation guidelines for more details).
  • Gift cards may be purchased; will need to submit gift card receipt to the Foundation.
  • Students who receive a fire-impacted grant will be eligible for a second grant during the 2020-2021 year.
  • Applications for fire-impacted students will be accepted until November 6.

For more information on how the OEA Foundation grant process works, please review the complete OEA Foundation Guidelines.

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OEA Foundation Guidelines

These guidelines are designed to establish the process used by the Foundation to award grants to OEA members.

  • Individual requesting the grant must be an active member of the Oregon Education Association.
  • Spending must be pre-approved through the grant process.
  • Funds must be used for the student identified on the grant application. Please apply individually for each student (we cannot provide funds for a group or classroom). Student must be enrolled in an Oregon public school.
  • OEA member must make all purchases- money may not be given to parents or students.
  • No gift cards can be purchased with Foundation grants (exceptions currently being made due to COVID-19 until further notice).
  • Please shop wisely to assure the dollars go as far as possible to meet the needs of our students. Hundred dollar tennis shoes are nice, but not a basic need (if there are extenuating circumstances and special shoes are required that would be a basic need).
  • Students may receive only one grant of $100 in a school year.
  • A maximum of $2000 is awarded to a school per school year. For community colleges, the maximum amount is $5,000. In the case of extenuating circumstances, this maximum may be adjusted by the OEA Foundation Board. The “school year” period is September 1 through July 15. NEW as of March 2020: Title I buildings are eligible for a maximum of $4,000 per school year.
  • The Foundation strongly encourages grantees to help increase Foundation donations and participation by publicizing the donation and grant process with your community.

Please direct any questions to: oeafoundation@oregoned.org.