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Public Relations Mini-Grants to Local Associations

Free money for your members! Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Well, in this case, it's good, and it's true! The North Eastern Ohio Education Association invites you and your local association to receive some of your NEOEA dues dollars back in the form of the annual NEOEA PR Mini-grant.

NEOEA's Public Relations Committee budget sets aside $12,500 to provide grants of up to $250 to local associations. Your local association may use one of these grants for a public relations project that will promote a positive image of your association within your community. Grants are awarded based on the public relations benefit to the community and/or the association demonstrated in the application. Please be sure the primary purpose of the funding is to provide exposure for your association outside the school and in the community.

Why not take advantage of this opportunity to enhance the image of your local association within your community? To do so, complete the simple, one-page grant application provided. Your application must be postmarked by December 1, 2014, and must bear at least two signatures from among those of your local president, PR chairperson, or treasurer. E-mail applications received by the due date will also be accepted if accompanied by e-mails from at least two of the signers listed on the application form. Recipients of the grant will be informed by the end of January 2015.

Local affiliates which send at least one delegate to the fall NEOEA Representative Assembly may apply for a second grant involving an additional public relations activity.

Proof of completion of the activity is required, such as a program, photo, news article, receipt, etc., and must be sent to the NEOEA office by December 1, 2015. Eligibility for future grants is dependent upon the provision of proof.

The number of grants actually awarded is affected by the number of qualifying applications received. NEOEA cannot guarantee that all qualified applicants will receive grants.

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.

The deadline for application is December 1, 2014.

Download an application (PDF format) by clicking here now!

Send all entries to:
PR Mini-Grants
5422 East 96th St., Suite #200
Garfield Heights, OH 44125-5330

Recipients of the 2013-14 Public Relations Mini-Grants
Local Association Project Description
Barberton EA Signs for Barberton Graduates Congratulations signs are placed in the yards of graduating seniors from Barberton High School.
Bedford EA Bedford Teachers Walk the Extra Mile With our shirts that say "Bedford Teachers Walk the Extra Mile," we show the community we care about our students by participating in the community one-mile walk/three-mile run.
Canfield EA Congratulation Yard Signs for Seniors Yard signs reinforce the Canfield EA's commitment to our students and educational excellence.
Champion EA Shirts for Our Writers CEA gave t-shirts to the Power of the Pen writers.
Champion Schools Support Assn. Flashes Bolt to the Finish 5K Race By donating bottled water for all race participants, we wanted the community to know who we are in the hope of people voting for the school levy on the May ballot that would open up the libraries by the levy passing.
Clearview EA Senior Graduation Signs Members placed Clearview yard signs at the homes of all graduating seniors.
Columbia Local EA Raider Rally and Bonfire We are partnering with the PTA and Columbia community to celebrate our kids and our town with a community rally, kickball game, and bonfire.
Conneaut EA Back-to-School Book Bag Distribution Teachers distributed book bags to students in the community.
Crestwood EA Community Back-to-School Days Crestwood EA gave out pencils at the Community Back-to-School Days--a wonderful, fun way to welcome students and their families back to the school year.
Cuyahoga Falls EA CFEA Banner for Cash Mob and Local Events CFEA members cash mob local businesses to infuse money into the local economy and support small business owners.
East Cleveland EA Back to School Rally East Cleveland works hard to solicit students to attend public schools vs. charter schools; to that end we sponsor the Back-to-School Rally to showcase our schools.
Euclid TA Summer Baseball Promotion As a way of giving back to Euclid children, we sponsor both a boys and girls baseball team.
Fairport Harbor EA Yard Signs for Graduates FHEA celebrated its graduates by making a yard sign for each graduating senior.
Garfield Hts. TA Garfield Heights Graduation Signs GHTA members volunteer to place a "Congratulations Garfield Heights Graduate" sign in graduating students' yards.
Howland Classroom TA Howland: A World Class Community Deserves World Class Schools HCTA members participated in Howland's Homecoming activities by passing out ribbons to alumni, reusable bags with our motto and attended a levy fundraiser pancake breakfast.
Keystone Local EA Promoting School Spirit in the Community KLEA will promote community awareness through the distribution of spirit items.
Lakeview TA National Day of Service Lakeview teachers participated in a National Day of Service by filling a school bus with canned goods for a local food pantry.
LEADD LEADD Booth LEADD helped the success of Fall Fest by handing out bracelets and playing games with individuals who attended the event.
Maple Hts. TA Graduation Signs Maple Heights TA members will put "Maple Teachers Congratulate a New Maple Grad" signs in students' yards.
Maple Hts. TA Quenching Thirst for Knowledge MHTA quenches thirst for knowledge and hands out water at the Maple Education Foundations' Run/Walk and Wellness Fair.
Mayfield EA Harvest for Hunger Food Drive The Harvest for Hunger Food Drive promotes awareness of community needs, resources used to fill those needs, and opportunities to be an active community volunteer and supporter.
Mayfield EA Job Fair CEVEC's Job Fair provides over 80 students the opportunity for both practice and real interviews in a business setting.
Mentor Classified Employees Read Across Mentor Schools By purchasing books and reading to students, MCE will promote NEA's Read Across America, reading, and Education Support Professionals.
Niles EA NEA Canned Food Drive NEA members sponsored a canned food drive to show the community how much we care.
North Ridgeville EA May Art Show/Community Pride Day/Friends of Education Reception Pride Day, Friends of Education, and the May Art Show allow the NREA to proudly participate in community activities as well as provide a worthy community activity to promote the importance of collaborative efforts between the school and community for a better society.
Norton Classroom TA Banners of Excellence NCTA is promoting Norton's commitment to excellence by proudly displaying banners on telephone poles that include candid images of students and staff working together as an educational community.
Revere EA Congratulations Graduating Seniors The graduation signs will continue the long tradition of the REA being involved in all aspects of students' educational experience and will send the message to seniors that their teachers and all of REA support them and wish them the best.
Revere EA Veterans Day Recognition Partners/Yearbook Ad Our partnership with the students, staff, and administration of Revere demonstrates our pride and gratitude to the veterans in our community and on our staff who have served or are currently serving our country. Our yearbook ad provides a sense of history, pride and commitment to the community, our Revere students, and REA members.
Richmond Heights EA RHEA Cares Kickoff Campaign By distributing handouts, cloths, and bracelets, we are re-establishing a positive message about RHEA within our community.
Sheffield-Sheffield Lake CEA Christmas Cookies for Cardinal Seniors The SSLCEA, along with Home Ec. Club students, enjoyed an afternoon baking Christmas cookies and making holiday cards and then hand-delivered the goodies to home-bound serious in the community sharing holiday greetings.
Sheffield-Sheffield Lake TA Cardinal Pride - Brookside Senior Grads We'll promote school spirit and public labor awareness through the use of yard signs to highlight graduating high school seniors.
Sheffield-Sheffield Lake TA Community Days Celebration Community Days is an annual community festival which promotes and celebrates the City of Sheffield Lake.
Southeast Local District TA Backdoor Pantry SELDTA helped provide a Thanksgiving dinner to 45 families in the school district.
Southeast Local District TA Veterans Day Breakfast and Assembly Southeast High School hosted a breakfast and appreciation assembly for community veterans; breakfast was provided by SELDTA and each building made a presentation to the veterans.
Southington EA School Call-off Magnets SEA is using magnets to share our call-off number and promote our partnership with the community.
Streetsboro EA Holiday Lighting Holiday Lighting is a community event where students meet Santa, hear a story from Mrs. Claus (an SEA member), and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate provided by SEA.
Streetsboro EA Senior Signs Grant Graduating seniors will receive a "Congratulations from Your Teachers" sign congratulating them on their graduation.
Twinsburg EA Bring A Veteran to Lunch Bring A Veteran to Lunch provides an opportunity for the community to see our union's support of its veterans.
Westlake TA Sponsor Brick WTA will have permanent brick displayed at the Athletic Stadium plaza entrance and recognition as sponsor in sports programs.
Wickliffe EA Graduates Recognized Yard signs to recognize the 2014 Wickliffe graduates.
Willoughby-Eastlake TA Willoughby Soccer Club Team Sponsor WETA is sponsoring a local soccer team to promote teacher involvement in the local and surrounding communities.
Willoughby-Eastlake TA Willoughby-Eastlake Teachers Support Youth Baseball Willoughby-Eastlake teachers support youth baseball by sponsoring youth baseball teams.
Youngstown Student EA Read Across America Youngstown Student Education Association promotes reading and literacy among students at annual Read Across America event.
YSU-APAS Boys and Girls Club Garden Club How does the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown's garden grow? With a generous grant from YSU-APAS and NEOEA, which helped purchase seeds, plants, and gardening tools!
YSU-APAS Boys and Girls Club Library Club YSU-APAS provided books to help fund the APAS Library Corner at the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown.

Congratulations to all the grant recipients. Please let NEOEA know how your project was carried out. We can share your ideas and encourage other locals to put educational employees and public education in the community spotlight.