National PTA Award and Grant Opportunities

Engage, Support, Improve, Increase, Celebrate

Throughout the year, the National PTA offers awards or grants to honor or support PTAs as they: engage families, support student success, improve the health and safety of students and families, increase access to arts education or celebrate advocacy and diversity.

National PTA is committed to promoting and encouraging many types of diversity and inclusion as part of our commitment to every child. In addition to evaluating the merits of each application, we may also consider geography, need, and other criteria to ensure a robust and diverse pool of grantees.





   Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards

The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards for innovation in family engagement, named after National PTA co-founder Phoebe Apperson Hearst, recognize and celebrate achievement in building effective family-school partnerships. The awards are presented to PTAs that have earned the National PTA School of Excellence designation and demonstrated outstanding success engaging families in student success and school improvements. The awards are the highest honor National PTA presents to effective family engagement.

Hearst Award

2018 Award Recipients

  • Maple West Elementary PTA (New York) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award
  • Laurens Middle School PTA (South Carolina) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit
  • Boggess Elementary PTA (Texas) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit


 PTA Life Achievement Awards

Give the award of a lifetime. Give the National PTA Life Achievement Award—the highest honor from the nation’s largest child advocacy organization—to the person who daily lives out his or her commitment to children. Complete the Form or call (800) 307-4782 to submit your request.


Upcoming Awards

Keep an eye on these upcoming awards. The application period is not yet open for these awards, but the criteria focuses on achievements happening right now.

 Jan Harp Domene Award

The purpose of the Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award contest is to recognize PTAs that are dedicated to the needs of all families represented in their schools. The contest acknowledges PTAs that develop practices that are inclusive and equal for all families and that result in positive change. Call for applications will open in in early 2020. All diversity and inclusion efforts must be from the previous calendar year (2019).