National Education Association (NEA) Great Public Schools Fund Grant
New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) received a grant from the National Education Association (NEA) Great Public Schools (GPS) Fund to advance the goal of great public schools for every student. GPS Fund Grants are intended to help NEA State and Local Affiliates enhance the quality of public education by developing, implementing, and leading an agenda that engages members with an emphasis on student-centered success and well-being through union-led efforts.
NYSUT’s Take A Look at Teaching (TALAT)/Grow Your Own (GYO) application is one of 13 projects funded nationwide by the NEA. This grant extends the work of NYSUT’s TALAT Initiative and builds on the pilot work a small group of affiliates started in 2019 to engage students in Take a Look at Teaching activities and programs. The goals outlined in the 2021 GPS application include:
The K-12 GYO grant is intended to assist K-12 affiliates and their partners in developing their own teacher pipeline by attracting, engaging, and preparing students to become future teachers. The student pool should include both interested and potentially interested students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. To assist in this effort, K-12 affiliates should work in solidarity with families, higher education institutions, and community partners and groups. K-12 GYO grant proposals should address the specific goals listed above.
The project is for a three-year period April 1, 2021 to May 31, 2024.
Funding is based on membership size and the proposed activities for each year. Please use the membership tiers as a guide to develop your budget.
The deadline for the initial round of Year 1 applications is June 7, 2021. However, additional applications will be considered for Year 1 through September 1, 2021 or until funds are exhausted.
Applicants should attend a grant webinar before submitting their application. The webinars are scheduled for 1 pm on:
Funds may be used for, but not limited to, the following:
Applicants should consider how collaborations with established New York State programs that have a track record of engaging students of color may enhance their application. Programs may include:
Before you submit your local’s application, we recommend you share this information with potential partners to ensure your project’s success:
Please apply online. Application and budget planning documents may be downloaded for planning purposes.
After your application is submitted you will receive a confirmation email. Affiliates will be notified of acceptance to participate in the project within two weeks of your application submission.