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VEA and NEA Grant Opportunities


VEA and NEA Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

VEA Mini-Grants. Members are encouraged to apply for up to $500 to support innovative instructional practices that foster student growth. Proposal projects and activities should be student-centered, developmentally appropriate, and aligned with curriculum. The application process is digital. Click here to apply.
Meet our 2018-19 award winners.

NEA Foundation Grants. The NEA Foundation offers competitive grants of up to $5,000 for a range of professional development and instructional improvement endeavors. Application deadlines vary by program. Click here for application forms, examples of projects that have received funding, and much more.

Beblon G. Parks Scholarship

A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior intending to pursue a career in education. Dependents of a VEA member or a VEA-Retired member are eligible to receive the scholarship if the parent/guardian has been a member for three years.

VEA and NEA Awards Programs

VEA Awards Programs
VEA recognizes top-flight educators, support professionals, and supporters of public education through a range of awards. Click the links below for more information on awards programs and help us recognize excellence today! Click here for award winners honored at the 2019 VEA Delegate Assembly in Richmond!

A+ Award for Membership Growth. This award is designed to recognize hard work towards membership increases.  The award will be given to the top three UniServ Units with the highest membership density growth. Awards (plaques) will be presented at the 2019 VEA Delegate Assembly in Hampton. Membership numbers between September 1st - December 1st will be used to determine the percentage of membership density growth.

Fitz Turner Commission Awards. The Fitz Turner Commission is seeking nominations for individuals or groups who have demonstrated positive human relationships in your education community and helped to encourage leadership development. There are three categories for recognition: The Fitz Turner Award for Outstanding Contributions in Intergroup Relations, The Mary Hatwood Futrell Award for Distinguished Leadership in Education and The Barbara Johns Youth Award for Human Relations & Civil Rights.

Rob Jones Political Activist Award. A newly created award intended to recognize an individual whose actions have contributed significantly to the advancement of public education legislation/policy, or to the election of public education friendly candidates in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

VEA Award for Teaching Excellence. This is the highest award VEA offers for teaching excellence in the Commonwealth. The winner earns $500 and becomes Virginia’s nominee for the NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence.

VEA Education Support Professional Award. This award honors outstanding work in the areas of professional practice, Association involvement, community engagement, personal achievement, and the enhancement of the image of support professionals.

VEA Friend of Education Award. The prestigious VEA Friend of Education Award is intended to honor an individual or organization whose leadership, acts, or support has significantly benefited education, education employees, or students in Virginia. The award is presented by the Board of Directors and is the highest award presented by VEA.

An individual recipient need not be a Virginian, but he or she should reflect the philosophy and principles of the VEA. Individual nominees may be public or private citizens, and selection of finalists will be made regardless of age, sex, race, color, or creed.

VEA Community Service Award. Has your local Association organized a community event? Helped out in a community fund drive? Cleaned up a neighborhood park or school? Held a reading or other education activity as part of a community festival? Helped advocate for a cause in partnership with a civic organization? The Communications/Public Relations Committee wants to know about your "good neighbor" deeds and advocacy. Click here for an application. Deadline for completed applications is September 3, 2019.

VEA-Retired Distinguished Service Award. This honors retired members who have made significant contributions to the growth of the active and retired Association, in the promotion of public education, and for the welfare of educators. Winners must have been members of VEA-Retired for at least five consecutive years as of January 15 of the award year, and this award can be given posthumously.

NEA Awards Programs
The NEA Foundation and the NEA offer a range of awards, including the following:

The NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. Awarded to a distinguished Association member for “professional practice, advocacy for the profession, community engagement, leadership in professional development and attention to diversity." Each affiliate of the NEA submits one candidate. Visit the NEA Foundation web site for details.

NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards. The NEA’s division of Human and Civil Rights conducts an annual awards program honoring distinguished leaders in education and other settings. Descriptions of award categories are available here. For more, contact NEA Human and Civil Rights at 202-822-7700.



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