Award and Grant Opportunities

Engage, Support, Improve, Increase, Celebrate

Throughout the year, 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.

PTA Connected with Facebook Grant

September 17, 2018 – October 14, 2018

The PTA Connected with Facebook Grant will provide 200 local PTAs in all 54 state congresses with $1000 to support their PTA in hosting a Digital Families Community Event from January 1 – May 1, 2019.  The program for this event will empower families to have honest conversations about digital literacy, safety, and citizenship.

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PTA Connected with LifeLock Grant

September 17, 2018 – October 14, 2018

The 2018 PTA Connected with LifeLock Grant will award $1,000 to 25 PTAs across the country to host a SmartTalk Conversation at their school, in celebration of Safer Internet Day during the week of Feb. 5, 2019. The program for this event introduces families to The Smart Talk, a tool they can use to have honest conversations about digital wellbeing and device usage while creating a personalized family contract.

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 2018 National PTA STEM + Families Invention Night Kits, Sponsored by littleBits

September 19, 2018 – October 21, 2018

The 2018 National PTA littleBits Invention Night Kits opportunity is available to local PTAs interested in hosting an Invention Night as a way to reinvent education through hands-on engagement and play for children and families. There will be 20 local PTA winners who will receive Invention Night kits for their schools. The application is open until October 21, 2018.

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 2018 National PTA STEM + Families Game Giveaway, Sponsored by ThinkFun

September 19, 2018 – October 21, 2018

Enter the 2018 National PTA ThinkFun Game Night GIVEAWAY to win a bundle of games that help families learn through play! 50 local PTAs will receive 50 games each to host thing engaging, learning-filled night. The application is open until October 21, 2018.

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 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. Become eligible by enrolling in the National PTA School of Excellence program between May 1 and October 1 at PTA.org/Excellence.

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

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 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.

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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

Call for applications to open early 2019 based on efforts and achievements in 2018

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 2019. All diversity and inclusion efforts must be from the previous calendar year (2018).