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Grant opportunity for NJ public school employees


Established in 1993, the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education was created to provide opportunities for school employees to expand their visions of excellence in our classrooms and schools. The only foundation of its kind in New Jersey, the Hipp Foundation has awarded more than $2.1 million in grants for innovative educational projects that represent a bold, fresh approach by public school employees. 

The Foundation honors the memory of Dr. Hipp, former NJEA executive director. Dr. Hipp developed an “NJEA approach” to field work and public relations that won national acceptance. As executive director, he oversaw a period of dramatic growth for NJEA. Membership increased from 27,000 to 110,000. Staff increased from three people to 159. Under his direction, NJEA became THE voice of public school employees in New Jersey.

Nationally, Dr. Hipp served on many National Education Association (NEA) task forces and strongly influenced NEA’s goals. He served on national education commissions and consulted with federal policymakers. Internationally, he worked with the World Confederation of the Organizations of the Teaching profession in countries from Switzerland to Ethiopia. When he retired in 1978, he continued to work to further the causes of public education and school employees.

The NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education is not meant as a funding substitute for programs, supplies, or equipment that school districts should provide. Instead it encourages projects that are truly innovative and exploratory in nature.

Initially funded by NJEA members who donated more than $1 million, the Foundation is supported by contributions from businesses, local and county associations, and individual members.


Grant applications are accepted through March 1 of every year. Grant proposals must be finalized in the online portal, and signature pages must be mailed with a postmark date on or before March 1 to be considered for funding.

Eligibility Rule 

Article V, Section 5 of the By-laws of the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, the following eligibility exclusions apply:  “No member of the Board of Trustees, the Advisory Committee or the Grant Selection Committee shall have or obtain a financial interest in any contract, grant or award made by the Foundation to any person or entity.” The Hipp Board of Trustees consists of the individuals who comprise the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Education Association.

►Apply for a Hipp Grant today! 

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