National PTA Grants
National PTA offers over 500 grant opportunities annually. Share with LAPTA any grants that the PTA receives so that the accomplishments can be celebrated! If you don’t receive a grant the first time, apply again. Visit PTA.org, go under the Run Your PTA menu, and select Award & Grant opportunities for more information.
2023 Grant Recipients from National PTA
Louisiana had four $1,250 grant recipients from National PTA! Nation-wide, there were 1,200 applicants for 2,600 grant opportunities with $702,500 in funding. Caddo Parish Magnet High PTSA and Lyon Elementary PTA both won the Healthy Lifestyles Grant, Sixth Ward Elementary PTA won the PTA Connected: Ready, Tech, Go Grant, and Mandeville High PTSA won the PTA Connected: Build Up & Belong Grant! We can't want to see what you do with the grant money!
Grant Writing Tips
For many organizations, grant writing is the most important component of their fundraising strategy. When trying to secure funding for a nonprofit, it’s important to learn how to write a strong, successful proposal. The best grant proposals are clear, organized documents that illustrate why your organization should receive funds from the grantor.
First and foremost, know your audience and get to know the institution that is offering the grant. Consider its goals, values, and objectives. Understanding these elements will help you demonstrate how and why your organization is a good fit. Research the eligibility expectations for each specific grantor and make sure you meet the minimum requirements. Compile a list of testimonials, recommendations, data sets, and success stories to include with your application. Every grantor is different, but they all want to know their money is being used wisely.
Know What Grants Exist and When to Apply. Sign up for National PTA’s newsletters and bookmark the grants page.
Tell a Compelling Story. Make sure all your answers work together to highlight your PTA’s strengths and mission or the reason why you’re here.
Share How the Grant Would Impact Your School Community. Identify an existing need in your school community and explain how the grant will address that need.
Show Your Enthusiasm. Say how the grant will provide an exciting opportunity for your school and PTA.
Answer All Parts of the Question. Include concrete, detailed examples and explanations that expressly answer the questions asked.
Promote Family Engagement. Demonstrate how this grant will help you build stronger families in your community and encourage all families to attend your event.
Get a Second Set of Eyes. Ask someone to proofread your work for spelling, grammar, and clarity before submitting the application.
Peek, Sean. “How to Write a Grant Application for Your Organization.” USChamber.com, February 5, 2021.
2022 National PTA Grant Recipient Winners
National PTA Grants
We are proud to announce that we have 3 Local PTA Units who received National PTA Grants! Marigny Elementary PTA in Mandeville received the $2500 Healthy Minds Program Grant, and Caddo Parish Magnet High PTSA in Shreveport and Mandeville High PTSA in Mandeville each received the $1000 PTA Connected: Create with Kindness Program Grant. LAPTA will share with everyone how they use their grant money, once available.