Member engagement grants available for Small/Rural Locals
The WEA is offering grants for Small/Rural Locals looking to promote member enlargement within their union.
These grants are intended for locals with 150 or fewer members this year, and are only reimbursable to active WEA members.
Small/Rural Locals Professional Development Grant
Up to 25 professional development grants ($1,500 each) will be distributed to cover expenses for various association activities. The purpose of the grant is to promote membership involvement by small rural local affiliates to support local members, and to build a stronger local.
Small/Rural Local Release Time Grant
WEA is offering release time grants to 30 small/rural locals. This grant will cover expenses for eight substitute release days for the local president or designee (up to $1,500 to each local). Priority will be given to locals that are working on a plan to increase member engagement.
How to apply
If your local is a grant recipient, WEA's expectation is that your local adjust the dues structure to enable continuation of the local's goals and programs. Grants may be used for bargaining training but are not applicable for WEA or NEA Representative Assemblies.
Apply online for the Professional Development Grant or Local Release Time Grant. Applications are reviewed as they are received, so do not wait to apply.