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OEA Foundation & Grants

OEA helps students and members get the resources they need to focus on learning and growing as professionals.
Welding program at Clackamas Community College Thomas Patterson
Students enrolled in the welding program at Clackamas Community College have been able to purchase welding gear, thanks to grants from the OEA Foundation.

OEA provides members with access to a variety of grant opportunities aimed at deepening their professional practice, as well as access to the OEA Foundation when students need financial support. Grant application windows can vary, so please check back often for more information about specific grant opportunities.


OEA Foundation

The OEA Foundation provides educators with up to $100 grants to help students meet basic, urgent and immediate needs so they can succeed in school. Cash grants from the Foundation fill needs unmet by any other source. Learn more about the OEA Foundation and apply for a grant to help a student in need.

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OEA Grant Opportunities

OEA Educator Empowerment Grant

Educator Empowerment grants will be awarded to help local associations engage members around important issues that impact teaching and learning.

The grant may be used to support professional learning and/or to enhance and improve professional practice in a specific area. Grant awards range from $1000-$5000. Contact the Center for Great Public Schools for more information or ideas on professional practice organizing.

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Applications are due Nov. 3, 2023.

OEA Barb Drennan Promising Practices Grant

Have a plan that could enhance your classroom skills or boost student achievement? An idea for a site-based professional development activity that could build partnerships? OEA’s Center for Great Public Schools awards Promising Practice Grants to provide student learning and professional development for OEA members across Oregon.

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Applications are due Nov. 3, 2023.

John Phelps, welding instructor
The cost of education, unfortunately, doesn’t get smaller. It continues to get more and more expensive, and when we’re able to help a student overcome a financial hardship, they can get focused on why they’re here and what they’re trying to learn.
Quote by: John Phelps, Welding Instructor, Clackamas Community College
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Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union committed to the cause of providing the basic right of great public education to every student. OEA represents about 41,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges. OEA’s membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, classified/education support professionals (ESPs), community college faculty, retired educators, and student members. OEA members also belong to the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA).