On a three-year rotating basis, Central OEA/NEA will provide locals with a laptop (PC/Windows based) or iPad to assist with organizing and communicating with their members. To receive a laptop, a local officer must complete the Technology Award online registration by October 2 AND have a local officer present at the November All Area Meeting to pick it up. If a local officer cannot attend the All Area Meeting, the laptop will not be awarded.

You can apply here.

Please note: Computers will no longer be provided through Growth and Development Grants.

In order to continue to expand Central’s professional development and leadership development programs throughout the entire Central region, Central offers incentives to any Central Local Association that hosts an off-site workshop in their area.

Central will arrange for a workshop presentation or presentations to hold on your chosen site. Further, Central will advertise the session and setup online registration for the participants.

Your local association will arrange for a room or rooms in a facility of your choosing. This may be a school building, a church, a community center or the like. On the day of the event you will need to setup a registration table to welcome the participants. Central will provide you with materials to handle registration at the event, including sign-in sheets and name badges. If a continental breakfast or box lunch is requested by Central, you will need to coordinate the ordering and pickup of the refreshments locally. Central will pay for the food expenses and other approved expenses.

For your association's services, Central will make monetary grants on the following basis directly to your association:

One session (equaling 60 to 90 minutes in duration)
  • $100.00 for a single workshop session;
  • $25 each, for up to two (2) additional concurrent workshops during the given session time frame;
  • Maximum = $150.00
Two sessions (equaling 120 to 180 minutes in duration)
  • $150.00 for 2 consecutive workshop sessions;
  • $25 each, for up to four (4) additional workshops during the (2) given session time frames;
  • Maximum = $250.00
Three sessions (equaling 181 to 270 minutes in duration)
  • $200.00 for 3 consecutive workshop sessions;
  • $25 each, for up to six (6) additional workshops during the (3) given session time frames;
  • Maximum = $350.00

Click here to complete the application form.

Completion of the application will place your association in a pool of available sites for this program expansion. At this time it is not known which workshop events Central will be scheduling nor on what dates the committee intends to schedule events.

Central is appreciative of your willingness to partner with us in developing, expanding and enhancing the professional and leadership development opportunities for all Central members.

For more specific information on these opportunities, contact one of these Central committees:

Leadership Development

The Local Emergency Grant Program was created by a new business item at the Spring RA to assist local associations with projects of an immediate or emergency nature. Community initiatives like school district levy or bond campaigns are examples of activities that align with the intended target of these grants.

These grants should not focus on leadership development or other association building initiatives which should be addressed in a Growth and Development Grant proposal.

Grants will be awarded on an as needed basis. The grant will be a one-time award and the awarded grant will be for one year or less.

The grant will be paid on a reimbursement basis. All expenditures must be submitted on the Local Emergency Grant voucher form. The voucher will require a separate page for each proposed goal and include:
  • a brief narrative of the activities for the specific goal;
  • the date/s the activities were completed;
  • an itemization of the individual expenditures for goods or services for the specific goal;
  • the itemized cost/s of the purchased items or services;
  • and, an attached sheet bearing the original receipts verifying the delineated expenditures.
Per Central vendor policy, unionized firms or suppliers, if available, shall provide goods or services.

The information provided in this reimbursement report is vital to the continuing improvement of the Local Emergency Grant Program; it will enable Central to assist in providing other local associations with examples of grants that correctly align with this grant.

If a local has a special need to receive grant funds prior to completion of an activity, advancement of grant funds will be considered upon request. Priority will be given to first time applicants, but this does not prohibit locals applying yearly for new projects.

Click here to complete the online Local Emergency Grant application.

Click here to go to the Documents Library where you will find the Grants Folder containing the Local Emergency Grant Voucher forms.

Central's Local Participation Award Program is intended to build stronger, better-informed locals by rewarding active participation in Central’s programming, along with meeting other defined criteria. Locals that meet all ten (10) required criteria (see below) will earn a total award of $1000 annually. An initial awards payment will be made to local associations in January, with the balance of the award paid in June.

Qualifying Events: Locals will be awarded for:
  • attending each of the two (2) Area Meetings --$50 each; $100 total
  • attending and voting at the Fall and Spring OEA Representative Assemblies -- $50 each; $100 total
  • attending and voting at the Central RA -- $100
  • attending Central’s Winter Leadership Conference -- $100
  • attending the OEA Treasurers Workshop -- $100
  • keeping your Constitution & Bylaws in compliance and on file with OEA, or proof that a process has been put in place to meet compliance -- $100
  • producing and submitting a local newsletter (at least 2 per year) and/or a local communications plan -- $100
  • meeting your OEA FCPE goal -- $100
  • increasing membership by at least 3% or maintaining it at 90% or higher -- $100
  • electing a full complement of delegates to OEA Representative Assembly -- $100
Online registration via Central's web site is mandatory for tracking local association attendance at events and determining monetary awards.
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