New Grant Program Released

The National Student Program is now accepting applications for the NEASP CREATE Grants.  Deadline for applications is February 27, 2015.  
This is a new grant that will replace the former CLASS and SOAR grants.  The Criteria and Guidelines are attached.

CREATE Grants are chapter and/or statewide community service projects that positively promote the NEA Student Program through strategies designed to enhance public education, increase advocacy and outreach to communities; support younger educators involvement in the Association; and supports the development of innovative approaches to engagement.  

CREATE grants will be awarded for projects that align with the one or more of the core values of the NEA Student Program:  Teacher Quality (up to $3,000), Community Outreach (up to $3,000), and Political Action (up to $2,000).  If you are applying for more than one grant, you will need to submit a separate application for each category.

Or via the attached Adobe form (this form will be submitted electronically after it is filled out, be sure to keep copies for your files).  No paper grants will be accepted.

If you need to attach additional documents, please email them to Be sure to include the Project Name, Campus or State Chapter, and State Affiliate name in the body of the email.

All applications requesting amounts over $1,000 must include a 1-3 minute video presentation describing the project.   Applications that require a video submission will be narrowed down and featured online for public voting.  The top three videos in each pillar/category will be awarded their requested grant amount.

Video Submissions
·Introduce your project/Description of your project
VIDEOS MUST INCLUDE:  Name of project/event and who is included (state affiliate, partner orgs, etc.); Location of project/event; Short description (MAXIMUM 100 words); and the NEASP Core Value in which the project/event falls (Community Outreach, Political Action, or Teacher Quality)

· The video must be uploaded in either Youtube or Vimeo and the link shared in the appropriate space in the application form.
·Video submissions may be used for voting purposes.
·Videos may be posted online for public voting.
·Be sure that the content and length requirements are met, and that sound and video quality are good.
·Emphasis is placed on concept and the message, not on production values; effectively convey that message to the judges.
·Be creative and really market your project!

If you have any questions, please email:

VEA Lobby Day 2015

Sabrina Hayes (State President), Katelyn Anderson (Eastern Region Representative), and Tanneshala Wilson (SVEA member from Old Dominion University) headed to the capitol in Richmond on January 26th to participate in the 2015 VEA Lobby Day. They had the opportunity to lobby with fellow VEA members about the many issues and concerns regarding public education. Also, they attended a Senate Subcommittee on public education. Finally, they also attended the announcement and news briefing about the Put Kids First Campaign! Remember to mark your calendars for the rally which is April 18th!