Grants - Introduction


*NEW DUE DATE* - October 15


California State PTA provides funding (on average $500-$2,000) for PTAs in good standing to develop, sponsor and implement model programs and projects for their communities with the California State PTA Grants Program.

The Grant Program is designed for PTAs to build and grow student achievement, parent engagement and family involvement to make a difference in their community.


Grants for PTA units, councils and districts are available in four (4) areas for your programs and projects:

  • Parent Education Grants
  • Cultural Arts Grants
  • Outreach Translation Grants
  • Healthy Lifestyle Grants


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

  • Program or project is sponsored by your PTA as outlined in your application
  • Your PTA is in good standing
  • Grant funds awarded to your PTA are expended by June 1
  • Your completed application packet is submitted to California State PTA by October 15.

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 or project
    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.


Each year, the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Committee carefully reads and vets each application. All applicants are notified of their status in February.

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 by June 1 that:
    • Describes program's or project's purpose and objectives
    • Evaluates program or project outcomes including suggested improvements
    • Supplies details on budget and actual expenditures for program or project
    • 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

To ApplyDownload application or Apply Online

Questions? – Please contact the California Sate PTA Scholarship and Grant Chairman at:


PTA Recognition Awards

California State PTA and National PTA offer a number of Recognition Award Programs to celebrate the achievements of PTAs, individual members and community partners.

To recognize and encourage the development of successful programs, prizes and funding are available for PTAs in good standing that submit an award-winning application showcasing a model program.

If your PTA organizes programs, activities and events to benefit student achievement, health and wellness and involvement; to build PTA leadership, membership and outreach; or, to enhance the community with parent engagement, advocacy and environment awareness, consider applying for a PTA Recognition Award.

Learn more: Recognition Award Programs

PTA Scholarship Program

Continuing Education Scholarships ($500) are available each year for PTA members with the California State PTA Scholarships Program.

These scholarships are intended to assist PTA members in their continuing education efforts at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools. Continuing Education Scholarships are available for:

  • PTA Volunteers
  • Credentialed Classroom Teachers and Counselors
  • School Nurses

To apply for a scholarship, an applicant must be a member of a PTA unit in good standing.

Learn more

Graduating High School Senior Scholarship

California State PTA also offers scholarships ($750) for graduating high school seniors to pursue studies in higher education.

The Graduating High School Senior Scholarships are for use during the fall semester following high school graduation.

They are also designed to recognize and commend extensive community service by students.

Learn more

Questions? – Please contact the California Sate PTA Scholarship and Grant Chairman at: