Grants & Scholarships
Educational Innovation GrantSDEA/NEA State ESP of the Year AwardSDEA/NEA Human and Civil Right Awards (SuAnne Big Crow Award & Taking a Stand Award)SDEA/NEA Friend of Education AwardGordon Horgen Scholarship

The South Dakota Education Association/NEA is calling for applications for the new Gordon Horgen Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to Native American students who are planning on entering the teaching profession. This scholarship was created by the 2014 Representative Assembly to honor the late Gordon Horgen from Winner.

Throughout his 41 years as a science teacher, Gordon Horgen was an advocate for all students. He wanted to help them succeed at their highest potential and capability. To better understand the Native American Culture, he attended multiple workshops on the USD campus in Vermillion and attended another two-day workshop with Native American instructors and guest speakers in Mission, SD. Additionally, Gordon was always open for dialog with parents and community leaders. Gordon used these experiences to incorporate more hands-on examples and experiments into his science courses and related various complex scientific theories to things more readily observed in nature. Gordon’s advocacy was also evident in his teaching Sinte Gleska College Classes at night for over ten years in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s in his classroom at Winner High School.

The Association may annually award up to four $750 scholarships for each academic year.  The scholarships are open to Native American high school seniors or college sophomores who are planning on going into the teaching profession. 

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Ramia Boersma Scholarship
The South Dakota Education Association/NEA awards scholarships to outstanding students who are planning on entering the teaching profession. The Association may annually award up to three $750 scholarships for each academic year.

Must be submitted by February 15.

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Honored Women Educators of South Dakota (Annie D. Tallent Club 1954-1993)
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The purpose of HWE of South Dakota is to recognize outstanding South Dakota women educators and to promise better relationships among women engaged in educational work.

Nominees should have worked in the field of education in South Dakota for a minimum of ten years. Be active members of SDEA/NEA (if retired, they should have been active members during their teaching careers), be fully qualified educationally for their field of work, and have made major contributions in the area of education. Nominees also should have been active in their communities and exhibit character traits worthy of the honor of membership.

Deadline for Nomination is May 1

Please Do not divulge the nominations to the nominee. Send the nomination forms and letters of recommendation to:
Ralyna Schilling
1209 Ridge Road
Mitchell SD 57301

Notice of Eligibility
Nominees for the Honored Women Educators of South Dakota must:
  1. Be active in education at present and a member of SDEA. Or, if retired, the nominee must have been an SDEA member during her active career. Preference is given to active members.
  2. Have a minimum of four years of college.
  3. Should have spent at least ten years in the field of education.
Eligibility: Eligible for membership are classroom teachers, principals, superintendents, librarians, supervisors, rural school teachers and former educators.

Note: Several letters of recommendation from other educators should accompany the nomination forms.
Remember: The woman you are nominating should NOT be told of her nomination.
SDEA Racial Justice GrantState and National Grant Opportunities for Local Affiliates
There are several opportunities for local affiliates to partner with SDEA and the NEA to build a stronger association at the local level.  Through SDEA/NEA partnership grants, local affiliates can develop projects that will build organizing capacity for years to come. Here is your one-stop shop for the current grant opportunities for local leaders to explore.

SDEA Local Association Grants
Local associations may apply for grant dollars for projects that will enable the local affiliate to implement one or more of the strategic goals of the SDEA/NEA.

SDEA Board Policy 2.7 (PDF)
Local Association Grant Proposal Form (PDF)
Local Association Grant Evaluation Form (PDF)


Goal 1 in SDEA’s Strategic Goals states the following: SDEA, with Association stakeholders and potential partners, will advocate for public education, influence policy development, secure adequate funding, enhance professional practice, and promote racial and social justice.

With this goal in mind and with the support from NEA through an NEA Racial Justice grant, SDEA is creating opportunities for members to apply for a racial justice grant to be used in their classroom or in their school. 

The grants will be $250 for a classroom and $500 for a school-wide grant. There is $10,000 available for member grants.  Individual and groups of members may apply. There is no deadline for application; grants will be awarded until the funds have been expended.

Find the full application here:

The Center for Organizing has resources available in support of strategic organizing projects that are developed collaboratively between state affiliate leadership, affected locals and NEA. The resources include training, coaching, convening or workshop costs, and direct resources. These resources are designed for projects that promote or advance the NEA Strategic Goals while building capacity to engage and recruit members to lead on issues affecting their professional practice and equity of resources and opportunities for all students.

To apply for an Organizing Grant, click HERE

Center for Great Public Schools State & Local Project Grants:
The National Education Association’s (NEA) Center for Great Public Schools announces the availability of State & Local Project Grants for Affiliates to develop and support practices and resources that promote a quality education profession; that incubate sound practices and gather key learnings that aid student success; and that promote a system that establishes the value of a quality, professionalized educator workforce and the role of the Association in creating and sustaining a system of professional supports.

Grant topics focus on the following two key education profession levers:

  • Family/Community Partnerships:  These grants are designed to develop, implement, or support programs that engage communities in improving the educational attainment and success of all children, particularly children of color or underserved youth in economically deprived communities.
  • Leading the Education Professions:  The focus of these grants is to assist Affiliate engagement in programs and activities designed to support all educators across their career continuum to ensure student success. 

Typically, funded grant requests range from $3,000 to $25,000 over a 1-year period.

  • To review the grant guidelines or begin your application, please click here.
  • Deadline: September 15, 2019
  • For questions, please email
Community Advocacy and Partnership Engagement Grant:
The NEA Community Advocacy & Partnership Engagement (CAPE) Department provides state and local partnership funding grants that are intended to assist state/local affiliates to identify, engage, and mobilize community organizations and community leaders around increasing student achievement (specifically for students of color), engaging members who have participated in leadership trainings, and creating union roles to build capacity to engage community partners.

Grant considerations are made on the following strategic priorities:

  • Initiatives to improve student achievement, particularly in communities of color;
  • Engaging NEA members who have been trained in NEA’s leadership trainings or those who have a demonstrated record of activism for the purpose of furthering social justice activism and/or professional issues activism;
  • Establishing or institutionalizing new union roles related to parent and/or community engagement;
  • Focus on advancing NEA’s priority on racial justice in education.
  • Submit your CAPE Partnership Funding Application Here For questions, please email  
Read Across America Event Grant
NEA State Affiliates may apply for a “Read Across America Event Grant” to enhance state affiliate-coordinated Read Across America events and/or activities. Affiliates may apply for any amount up to a maximum of $20,000. Ideally, event(s) or activities should occur on or about “NEA’s Read Across America Day,” which is Friday, March 1, 2018. More information on Read Across America can be found at:
Great Public Schools Fund (GPS Fund):
The  NEA’s Great Public Schools Fund Grants (GPS Fund Grants) advance the goal of great public schools for every student. GPS Fund Grants are intended to help Affiliates enhance the quality of public education by developing, implementing and leading an agenda that engages members with an emphasis on student-centered success through  union led efforts.

Grant application deadlines are bi-annual. The application process is comprised of first submitting an Intent to Apply form 30-60 days prior to the deadline to give the Center background on your potential proposal and amount requested, and then submitting the application itself before the deadline.

  • Deadlines: Every June 1 and December 1, continuing with the next deadline on December 1, 2019. 
  • Awarded GPS Fund Grants
  • GPS Fund 5-Year Report  (2013-2018) ( PDF, 791 KB, 33 pgs.)
  • GPS Fund Annual Report (2018-19) ( PDF, 5 MB, 30 pgs.)
  • GPS Fund Guidelines ( MSWORD, 66.9 KB, 5 pgs.) Last updated: September 2018 Note that the ten criteria used to evaluate grant applications are included in these guidelines. Scoring is based upon how well aligned the proposed work is with each of the criteria.
  • Priority Focus For the next application deadline on December 1, 2019, the Priority Focus will include: 1) Early Career Educators, and/or 2) Racial Justice in Education Your application can choose to focus on either area, both areas, or none of the above.  By including one or both of the focus areas, your application will receive a small scoring bonus (depending on how robust and extensive that focus is).  Focusing on both early career educators and racial justice in education will increase your bonus opportunity (compared to focusing on just one).
  • Recorded Webinars ( MSWORD, 13.4 KB, 1 pg.) This series of recorded webinars will help potential applicants understand the GPS Fund grant process while also providing useful tips.
  • Submit your Intent to Apply for a GPS Fund Grant The Intent to Apply window will be open from October 1-31, 2019. Please use the above link to submit your form while the window is open. *Note that your Intent form must be submitted during the open window in order to guarantee feedback from one of our grant coordinators in advance of the next application deadline.*
  • W-9 Form ( PDF, 116 KB, 4 pgs.) If you do not have a current and completed W-9 Form on file with the NEA, please complete this form and submit it as part of your application under Optional Additional Attachments.
  • Submit your GPS Fund Grant application  The application window will be open from November 1 to December 1, 2019.  All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM Local Time on December 1st in order to be considered.
  • For questions, please email
  • Please join us virtually to communicate and collaborate around grants in our new edCommunities site!  It’s free and easy to join – just click here to register and follow the “NEA Grants 4 Great Public Schools” group.  Important grant information, including links to recorded webinars, will live here, and also feel free to ask questions of the larger grants community!
Organizing in Urban Locals:
NEA's C40 Urban Grant funding can be used to support your local's efforts to increase membership and build its power by identifying issues, strengthening worksite leader systems and structures, and implementing organizing campaigns.

Find our online application/template, evaluation, and guidelines forms HERE

For questions, please email 

State and National Grants Opportunities for Members
SDEA/NEA Educational Innovation Grant
The SDEA/NEA Educational Innovation Grant Program provides grants to members in support of innovative educational and student-oriented projects. The grant program funds new member-led projects. It does not fund projects on an on-going basis. The SDEA/NEA Educational Innovation Grants give preference to proposals that address student achievement, cultural diversity issues, include community partnerships, and can be duplicated by others.

To apply click HERE:

The NEA Foundation Grants
The NEA Foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 exclusively to NEA members to enhance teaching and learning:
  • Student Achievement Grants support initiatives that improve academic achievement.
  • Learning & Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development.

Active NEA members who are practicing K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities may apply online. Preference is currently being given to projects that incorporate STEM and/or global learning, as well as projects with leads/partners that are education support professionals. For information about how to apply visit The NEA Foundation's web site.

Application deadlines are: February 1, June 1, and October 15.

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
Deadline: Winter

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers educators 12 months of professional development opportunities and a nine-day international field study to support educators as they cultivate global competence skills and build global lesson plans that are shared with educators around the world. Active NEA members who are current K-12 classroom teachers are eligible to apply. Teachers with 5 or more years of classroom experience will be given preference.

By participating in the Global Learning Fellowship program, educators have an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the necessary skills to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their school and district, and prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age. For information about how to apply, the application, and frequently asked questions, visit The NEA Foundation's website.

Applications Open: Fall



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