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..

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.

Central OEA/NEA offers a number of grant and incentive programs for its locals. A brief description of each can be found below. A more detailed description, including how to apply, can be found using the appropriate menu on the right.

Local Technology Award
On a three-year rotating basis, Central OEA/NEA will provide each local with one laptop (PC/Windows-based) or iPad to assist with organizing and communicating with members. To receive a laptop, a local officer must complete the Technology Award online registration by October 1st AND have a local officer present at the November 9th All Area Meeting to pick it up. If a local officer cannot attend the All Area Meeting, the laptop/iPad will not be awarded.

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

Local Participation Award Program
Central's Local Participation Award Program is intended to build stronger, better-informed locals by rewarding active participation in Central’s programming, as well as meeting other defined criteria. Locals that meet all nine (9) required criteria will earn a total award of $800 annually.

Growth & Development Grants
Central’s Growth & Development Grants are intended to: support ideas that grow and develop locals, increase member engagement, and help locals continuously become stronger and more effective.

Local Emergency Grants
The Local Emergency Grant Program was created to assist local associations with projects of an immediate or urgent nature. Community initiatives such as school district levy or bond campaigns are examples of activities that align with the intended target of these grants.

Lobby Day Substitute Grant
In order to allow members to participate in OEA Lobby Days, when they may not otherwise be able to, Central can award up to $100 per local to cover the expense of a substitute. In order to qualify, the local must have conducted an FCPE drive.

Central’s Growth & Development Grants are intended to: support ideas that grow and develop locals, increase member engagement, and help locals continuously become stronger and more effective.

Locals may apply at any time during the year, please note it may take up to 60 days to review and process.

Locals must conduct OEA Representative Assembly delegate elections in the fall and submit results to OEA to be considered for a Central OEA/NEA grant. Applications will not be considered until we receive election results from OEA (late October/early November).

Each application must designate a Grant Coordinator who will receive a $100 stipend for being in charge of the local's grant process.

When applying for this grant, locals must choose ONE of the eight indicators in the Ohio Education Association’s Local Assessment Tool that best fits the grant proposal's goals.

As you review the Local Assessment Tool, you will find suggested activities and recommended initiatives that support the indicator’s growth.

Locals may apply for more than one grant during the school year, but the total amount per school year may not exceed the maximum allowed pursuant to the size of the local.

Click here for the OEA Local Assessment Tool.

The maximum grant amount per school year is based on the membership of the local:
  • 1-100 members - up to $1,500
  • 101-400 members - up to $2,500
  • 401-800 members - up to $3,500
  • 801+ members - up to $4,500

All grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis. 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. No gift cards (per NEA recommendation) or alcohol will be reimbursed.

All expenditures must be submitted on the Growth & Development Voucher form. The voucher will require:
  • 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
  • an attached sheet bearing the original itemized receipts verifying the delineated expenditures
The evaluation of the local’s grant will be based on the local’s success in meeting the goals tied to the OEA local assessment. Grants will be reviewed and if the local’s goal is not met, future grant funding is in jeopardy.

The Project Manager is available to meet with local grant coordinators at their request to assist with applications. Per Central vendor policy, unionized firms or suppliers, if available, shall provide goods or services.

You may apply online using this form

Central OEA/NEA encompasses 8 OEA units. Each unit is represented by an elected OEA Board of Directors member, who serve on the Central Executive committee.


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