The Professional Development Grant Award is intended to provide grant funding to music teachers seeking to provide professional development activities specific to music education via an organized event for several teachers from two or more Local Education Agencies (LEA’s).
The total amount of funding requested from NCMEA may not exceed $4,000.00. No individual will be awarded more than one grant within a three-year period.
(NOTE: This grant is not intended to provide funding to individual teachers to attend a professional development activity.)
Applicant(s) must have current membership in NCMEA. Preference will be given to active teachers in North Carolina. A teacher or group of teachers may apply in collaboration with a school system, arts organization, or higher education institution.
The proposed professional development activity must:
- Meet the North Carolina Standards for Professional Learning.
- Address one or more music competency goals in the NC Essential Standards.
- Occur in the summer, and be made available at no cost to participants, who must be teachers from two (2) or more LEA’s and who are NCMEA members. (Rationale: this grant should serve as a perk for NCMEA members. For those who would like to participate, but are not members, this specific proviso would serve as an incentive to become a member.
- A written report assessing the outcome of the activity must be submitted to the Chair of the Professional Development Grant Award Committee within four (4) weeks of the stated completion date of the activity. Within the same period, a financial report with attached invoices reflecting all expenditures of funds for the activity should be submitted to the Executive Director.
- Applications must be submitted online by midnight March 31.
- A committee appointed by the NCMEA President and approved by the NCMEA Board of Directors will review applications for possible approval. Priority will be given to professional development activities that will result in the improvement of teachers’ instructional competencies.
- Prior to the Spring Board meeting, the committee will forward the approved application(s) to the Executive Director. In preparing the budget, the Finance Committee will make a recommendation to the NCMEA Board for approval at the Spring meeting.
- The Executive Director shall notify all applicants of their acceptance or rejection following the board meeting. The successful candidate(s) will be required to make a written request for the funds prior to the beginning of the project (July 1 at the earliest).