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.

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 nine (9) required criteria (see below) will earn a total award of $800 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:
  • Attend each of 2 Area Meetings --$50 each; $100 total
  • Attend & Vote @ both OEA RAs --$100
  • Attend & Vote @ Central RA --$100
  • Attend OEA Treasurers’ Workshop --$50
  • C & B Compliance --$50
  • Producing & submitting 4 or more local newsletters --$100
  • Meeting your OEA FCPE goal --$50
  • Membership: 90%+ or increase by 3% --$150
  • Elect full complement of delegates to OEA RA --$100
Online registration via Central's web site is mandatory for tracking local association attendance at events and determining monetary awards.

Member Communication/Newsletter
Quarterly newsletters shall go out to all local members and share from the following suggestions along with any local news:
1. Central, OEA and/or NEA upcoming events for: PD, leadership development, diversity training, lobbying, FCPE drive, RA news, etc.
2. Local tidbits: such as meeting dates and places, a “contractual right of members”, something positive about one or more member or local committee
3. Share with your local’s newsletter editor that s/he should send a digital copy when sending to your members to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 will provide partial funding to local associations that elect a delegate to the NEA Annual Representative Assembly.

The following criteria will be used for providing the grants:
8 grants to small locals (up to 225 members)
5 grants to medium locals (225-550 members)
3 grants to large locals (over 550 members)
2 grants to ESP locals

Early submission is preferred.

Click here to complete and submit the Grant application form.

Also, your local association MUST conduct an election for NEA delegates by March 31, 2017, and submit results by April 10, 2017. Locals with fewer than 75 members will need to “cluster” with other locals.

See Ohio Schools OEA Member Resource Guide for details.

Funding for each grant will be set at the dollar amount OEA designates for state delegates.

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