Strengthen Your PTA with Grants, Awards and Scholarships


Grant ProgramThe Grant Program is designed for PTAs to build and grow student achievement, parent engagement and family involvement to make a difference in our communities.

Is your PTA researching a new outreach program, or perhaps expanding on current success? Then apply for the California State PTA’s Program Grants. Available to unit, council and district PTAs in good standing, these unique annual grants are geared to address four initiatives of major interest to our children, schools and members:

Parent Education Grants
Develop and implement parent education programs and projects in such areas as health, child development, child abuse prevention or parenting skills. Programs or projects must be sponsored by the PTA applying for the grant. Program-grant ideas include parent-resource centers, seminars and workshops, forums for parents of children with special needs and information on preparing healthy meals.

Cultural Arts Grants
Develop and implement student-centered cultural arts programs which complement the California State PTA’s commitment to a quality arts education. The programs and projects should focus on expanding the students’ awareness and appreciation of the field of cultural arts and/or enriching and enhancing arts education programs and must be sponsored by the PTA applying for the grant. Program-grant possibilities include performing-arts assemblies, arts-communications brochures, demonstrations, storytellers, read-a-thons and docents.

Outreach Translation Grants
Translate PTA written materials and oral presentations in an effort to involve every member of the school community. Presentations or materials must be sponsored by the PTA applying for the grant. The California State PTA may use these translated materials when appropriate. Copy of the translated material must accompany the evaluation report. Program-grant possibilities include translating written materials into other languages, providing translations at meetings and events, offering school-community activities, enhancing partnerships and engaging non-English-speaking families.

Healthy Lifestyle Grants
Develop, promote and implement programs, projects and activities that will improve the overall health of children and adults. Program-grant possibilities include classes, health fairs, awareness events, walking/running programs, sun-safety initiatives and depression-awareness efforts. Please refer to the Insurance and Loss Prevention Guide for approved activities.



For the California State PTA Grant Program, a successful application from your PTA will meet all of the following criteria:

  • Your PTA is in good standing
  • Grant funds awarded are expended by June 1
  • Your completed application is submitted to California State PTA by October 15.

Your successful application could not only mean thousands of dollars toward important programs, but also increased student achievement, community engagement and PTA strength. With Program Grants, everyone wins!


Application Tips

Before submitting your grant application packet, please remember to check that it includes:

  • Completed application form signed by your PTA president
  • Copy of your PTA’s current fiscal year-end audit
  • Copy of your PTA’s current fiscal year budget
  • Supplemental information and details (maximum 3 pages) on your proposed program or project describing:
  1. Your program and its purpose including goals, number of students served and expected outcomes
  2. Activities planned to implement your program and its goals
  3. Timeline for program budget
  4. Proposed program budget
  5. Other funding applied for or received for this program or project
  6. How your program will be implemented, if less than the amount requested is awarded
  7. How your program or project will be evaluated

By applying for a California State PTA grant, you can enhance the opportunity to support student achievement, build community engagement and strengthen your PTA.


Selection Process

Each year, the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Committee carefully read and vet each application. All applicants are notified of their status in December. Please contact the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Chairman with questions:

PTAs selected for grant funding receive a letter of congratulations and recognition certificate from California State PTA along with a check and a grant report form. PTAs selected to receive a grant also:

  • Submit a completed grant report form to California State PTA that:
    o Describes program’s or project’s purpose and objectives
    o Evaluates program or project outcomes including suggested improvements
    o Supplies details on budget and actual expenditures for program or project
    o Provides copies of any print materials developed
  • Return any funds not used for the purpose stated on the original grant application along with the grant report form to California State PTA by June 1.


Unit Spotlight Awards

Units and councils are encouraged to highlight their successful programs that promote any of the following:

  • AdvocacyBlue Ribbon
  • Collaboration
  • Environmental
  • Family Involvement
  • Leadership Development
  • Membership and Outreach
  • Student Achievement
  • Student Involvement



  • Two paid registrations to the Annual California State PTA Convention
  • $100 gift certificate for the PTA Store available at Convention
  • Special recognition at Convention
  • Awardees will be requested to showcase their program at the Spotlight Awards Convention Workshop


To help you continue on your educational path, the California State PTA is proud to offer several scholarship programs for students, school professionals and volunteers:

Continuing Education Scholarships for:

Teachers, Counselors, Nurses and PTA Volunteers
Funding is available for PTA members to assist them in their continuing educational efforts at accredited colleges, universities, or trade/technical schools. Scholarships in the amount of $500 are offered to the following:

  • Full-time Credentialed Counselors and Teachers
  • Registered School Nurses
  • PTA Volunteers



Graduating High School Seniors
Funding is available for graduating high school seniors to assist them in their continuing educational efforts at accredited colleges, universities or trade/technical schools. Scholarships of $750 are offered to applicants who have demonstrated PTA volunteer service and/or leadership.