Grant Opportunities to Help Libraries, Educators Respond to Impact of COVID-19

The National Education Association Foundation and Institute of Museum and Library Services are taking submissions for grants to fund programming that addressed the wide-ranging effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation and Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are taking applications for grants to help respond to the unique challenges created by the pandemic.

The NEA Foundation

Rapid Response Grant supports educator-led initiatives for this summer that address issues including:

• Social and emotional needs of educators, students, and students’ families.

• Learning new pedagogy and/or adapting curricula to support distance/virtual learning and instruction.

• Addressing summer learning loss.

• Preparing for the transition back to traditional schooling or adapting to continued virtual schooling.

• Supporting parent/caregiver efforts to support their children’s learning.

These $1,500 to $5,000 grants will be awarded for a six-month period. The deadline to apply is June 11.

The Student Success Grants will support educator-led initiatives that “increase educational equity and opportunity.” Projects will “support creativity and individuality in student learning, while clearly responding to needs that emerged or worsened during the pandemic.”

These $2,000 to $5,000 grants will be awarded in September or October for a one-year period. Projects should be implemented for the 2020-21 school year. The application deadline is July 15.

The Learning & Leadership Grants support educators’ professional development focused on adapting teaching and learning to the unique challenges of the 2020-21 school year. The $2,000 to $5,000 grants will be awarded in September and October for a one-year period. Submission deadline is July 15.


IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries support museums and libraries by addressing immediate and future needs. The $25,000 to $500,000 grants will fund projects that include preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and digital capacity building. Application deadline is June 12.

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