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Practicing Educator Grants

FREF (Florida Retired Educators Foundation gives $1,000 Grants yearly to a practicing educator to pay for a project in their classroom for the upcoming school year. 

In addition to the FREF Grant, we have 2 former FREA Presidents, Marie Grein and Pamela Schwartz, who each funded Practicing Educator Grants to be given on alternating years.  This allows for 2 Practicing Educator Grants (1 Grant per educator), for $1,000 each, to be given yearly.

The Marie Grein Practicing Educator Grant: Marie created this grant during her tenure as FREA Treasurer.  She served as:  FREA President 2008-2010, FREA Treasurer, District Director, Convention Coordinator, Nominating Chair, and numerous offices in her unit, North Pinellas REA.

The Schwartz Family Practicing Educator Grant: Pamela served as FREA President in 2018-2020, an FREF Trustee, and various offices in her local Unit of Escambia CREA.


For Manual Submissions Practicing Educator Grant  Application  Application Submissions Begin on September 1.  Deadline is February15.

Do you know, or are you currently, a practicing educator in a Florida school? Do you have a project that you would love to do with your students, but cannot get the funding? The  Practicing Educator Grants are here to help. Each year grants of $1,000 are awarded to the winning educators who apply for the grant. Winners have done everything from buying a French horn, to starting a robotics club, to buying wobble chairs for autistic students, and more. Interested? Download the application and good luck!