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Grants and Programs for NEA Aspiring Educators

Aspiring Educators CREATE Grants 


State Aspiring Educators (AE) organizations and campus chapters are eligible to apply for CREATE grants.  These grants of up to $2000 should strengthen the AE Program and build stronger partnerships.  Grants should also have a primary focus in one of the areas aligned with AE Core Values:


EDUCATOR QUALITY – Projects involving preparation for professional practice, strengthening educator preparation programs, and/or support for career preparation and advancement

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT – Projects involving partnerships with P-12 schools, local organizations, and other community-based involvement

POLITICAL ACTION – Projects involving advocacy for policies, legislation, and political issues with an impact on education

SOCIAL JUSTICE – Projects involving social justice issues activism and/or that contribute to the development of aspiring educator knowledge, skills, and dispositions as culturally responsive educators.


Submission deadlines occur twice each year - October 15 and February 1.  For assistance with grant applications, contact Blake West (  Click HERE for the online CREATE Grant application.