The Central G&D Program is suspended until September 1st, 2018, while we update the program. No applications will be accepted while the program is suspended.

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, but must allow 30 - 60 days for review and processing.


Each Growth & Development application must designate a Grant Writer/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 at least one of the Ohio Education Association’s Characteristics of an Effective Local Association or the National Education Association’s Leadership Competencies to correlate with their individual proposal. A link to the listing of the characteristics and competencies is found below.


As you review the listings, you will find suggested activities and recommended initiatives that support the Characteristics of an Effective Local Association and Leadership Competencies. At the bottom of the listing there is a link to the Growth & Development Grant online application.


Click here for the Characteristics of an Effective Local Association listing.
NEA Leadership Competencies.


The maximum grant amount per calendar year (365 days) is based on the membership of the local:

  • 1 - 100 members - up to $2,000
  • 101 - 400 members - up to $3,000
  • 401 - 800 members - up to $4,000
  • 801+ members - up to $5,000

Each grant will be awarded for a one-year period. Priority will be given to first time applicants. The grant 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. 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;
  • and, an attached sheet bearing the original receipts verifying the delineated expenditures.

Once a local is approved for a Growth & Development Grant, training on how to complete the voucher will be provided.


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