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The grant application process is fast and easy.  Even if you are interested in applying for a grant to more than one conference, you only need to fill out one application.

Follow these simple steps to apply:

  1. You will need to apply online using your CTA email address where you receive CTA email.  You will create a password to create your account.  If you are a CTA 360 user, apply with your CTA 360 email and password.
  2. Once logged in, click “Presidents Conference Grant” or “Summer Institute Grant”
  3. Update your contact and demographic information, select the grant(s) you wish to apply for, complete the application and submit your grant application.

You will receive an email confirmation once you submit.  See below for details about each grant and what the conference grant covers.  Applicants will be notified of the results of their application about 2 weeks after the cut-off date listed below.

Available Conference Grants and Application Deadlines

Grant Applications are currently closed and will reopen in late Summer 2024. 

Grant Details

The CTA Board of Directors will award incentive grants for members who qualify in the following categories:


Grants are available to encourage BIPOC leadership within the Association, for members belonging to one of the following racial-ethnic groups:

  • African American
  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Hispanic
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • Multi-ethnic

Small Chapter Grant

Members from chapters with less than 100 members are eligible for this grant to the Summer Institute. For the President’s conference, the President, Vice President or local designee from chapters with less than 1,000 members is eligible for this grant.

New Member Grant

For the Summer Institute only, these grants are awarded to members in their first five years of membership with CTA.

ESP Grant

Grants will be awarded to Education Support Professional members for both the Presidents Conference and the Summer Institute.

Emerging Leaders Grant

The applicant should be an active member who has exhibited leadership potential but has not been elected president. This can include newly elected executive officers, association representatives, committee members and representatives to the NEA Representative Assembly. Applicant must receive chapter president approval.

Covered Costs for Grants

If selected for an incentive grant, the registration fee will be paid by CTA and the transportation costs will be reimbursed. See below for details.

Housing costs at the conference hotel will be reimbursed based on double occupancy.

Attendance at each workshop time block will be verified by CTA before payment. Full conference participation from the start to the closing of the conference is required for transportation reimbursement. Grant recipients will be required to fill out a short questionnaire at the end of the conference.

NOTE: The applications must be completed by the applicant with the full knowledge and permission of the chapter president. Awarded grants are not transferable.

*Unit size is defined as the number of persons who are represented for purposes of collective bargaining. The chapter membership may be less than the unit size.

Travel Reimbursement


Reimbursement is based on the most economical coach round-trip airfare, purchased at least 21 days in advance. United Airlines (UA) offers up to a 10% discount on Internet fares with no service fee for CTA members. To take advantage of these discounted rates for 2024, book online at, enter the CTA discount code ZNYT122681 in the Offer Code box when searching for flights.

Please note that although discounts are available through UA, you may be able to find better airfares through other airline carriers.


Mileage will be reimbursed at the current IRS rate of reimbursement per mile, not to exceed the cost of the most economical coach airfare. Currently the IRS rate is 67 cents per mile.

Reimbursement does not include the cost of airport parking, shuttle or taxi service, or travel between home and the local airport. If the roundtrip distance between your home and nearest airport is more than 100 miles, then mileage will be reimbursed at the current IRS rate. All other transportation costs are the responsibility of the individual, the chapter, the school district, the service center council, or the UniServ unit.