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Community Involvement Grants

Strengthening the relationship between a local school employee union and its community is a key element in building a strong and successful local association. Nothing cements these relationships like working together to benefit others in the community. Participation in community events also offers affiliates the opportunity to enhance their visibility as vital, contributing members of their communities.

NEOEA is offering up to 25 Community Involvement Grants in 2013-14 to encourage local affiliates to become actively involved in a local charitable event such as the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Reach Out and Read, Special Olympics, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, or other highly-visible community charitable event.

Details of the program:

  • NEOEA affiliates may apply for funding up to $100 to assist with registration/participation fees and/or purchase items to enhance the affiliate’s visibility during the event.
  • Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and will continue to be awarded until funds are expended. Early submission helps ensure funding.
  • To apply, complete the form.

    To qualify for funding, NEOEA requires:

  • Participation in the event by local affiliate members.
  • Submission of a news release announcing the affiliate’s participation to local community news outlet(s).
  • Submission of a photo of members participating in the event to NEOEA along with copies of any news coverage (local newsletter coverage is acceptable) no more than two weeks following the event.

    NEOEA funding for community involvement is considered “seed” money and full funding will not be granted to affiliates for more than two consecutive years. It is hoped that the local affiliate will build the activity into their local budget over that period and be prepared to continue the program after the initial investment period.

    Entries will be judged in groups to be submitted by the following dates: December 6, 2013, or May 16, 2014.

    Please note: Grants are not awarded to purchase equipment or supplies normally used by local associations to conduct routine business, to fund student or staff scholarships, to purchase instructional materials, or to reimburse costs of internal activities.

    Community Involvement Grant information in downloadable format.

    Send all entries to:
    NEOEA
    Community Involvement Grants
    5422 East 96th Street, Suite #200
    Garfield Heights, OH 44125-5330

    2012-13 Community Involvement Grant Recipients
    Recipient Project Description
    Boardman EA Adopt A Highway

    Teachers and students clean a one mile stretch of highway.

    Brunswick ESP Assn. Relay for Life Baskets for raffle; water for participants.
    Canfield EA Afterschool Haven Will provide school supplies, healthy snacks and enrichment activities for after school program for middle school students.
    Clearview EA Homerun for the Homeless 5K run and charity walk.
    Columbia Local EA Raider Rally Community Day Students vs. staff kickball game and a cookout lunch.
    Elyria EA Lorain County Labor Festival Pencils/candy to distribute to community members.
    Lakeview TA No Razors for Ramey Purchase t-shirts for staff and to run advertisements to raise awareness of our fundraiser to help with medical bills for a staff member's premature baby.
    Lakewood TA 2013 Relay for Life Three teams (HS, Middle, Elementary) participating in the 2013 Relay for Life.
    Niles EA Operation Help New Jersey The staff and students of the Niles City Schools collected and donated supplies that were delivered to victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.
    North Royalton EA Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Fundraising in the fight against breast cancer.
    Tallmadge TA Holiday Tree Festival

    Purchase of decorations for holiday tree.

    Tallmadge TA Tallmadge Community Expo Table at Community Expo.
    Twinsburg EA Read Across America

    Purchase of Dr. Seuss items for 700 K-1 children during our Read Across America activities with the NEOEA-R group.

    Vermilion TA St. Jude Warrior Dash Off-setting registration fees for participants.
    Warren EA Relay for Life - Regatta Event

    To buy supplies to make regatta boats as fundraiser for Relay for Life.

    YSU-ACE Seed Drive Purchased materials to use for community garden.