CHEER Fund Request Form

Request for Assistance

Caring Help for Education Endeavors by Retirees was formed by Missouri NEA-Retired to be a public service by enhancing the learning conditions of Missouri's children. CHEER will provide opportunities for MNEA-Retired members to reach out to public school district employees and provide financial and material resources.

CHEER is one of the projects of MNEA-Retired. Request for funds should be directed to MNEA-Retired by completing the application form.

Application Process:
Contributions to the CHEER Fund are tax deductible as a charitable contribution. This form is to be used only if you wish to use a credit/debit card for your contribution. If you prefer to donate with a check, please download the printable form and send with your check made payable to MNEA-Retired CHEER Fund to MNEA-Retired, ATTN: CHEER, 1810 E Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Please contact Tracy Flaherty for more information at 1-888-968-4820. 

A CHEER Fund Request application must be received by Feb. 1 each year. The MNEA-Retired President or designee(s) will review applications before funds are awarded. If applications are approved, applicants and sponsors will be notified around March 15 and funds will be awarded soon after. 

Complete online or 
print and complete a paper form and send to MNEA-Retired Cheer, 1810 East Elm, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Application criteria:

  1. Complete the Missouri NEA-Retired CHEER Grant Application form and mail to Missouri NEA-Retired, Attn: Tracy Flaherty, 1810 East Elm St, Jefferson City, MO 65101.
  2. Applications must be received by February 1st each year to be considered. Applications received after February 1st will be considered for the following year.
  3. Applications will be reviewed in February each year.
  4. Approved applicants and their sponsors will be notified around March 15th of the funds awarded.
  5. Applicant will be expected to make the purchase(s) and provide receipt(s) by the end of the school year to receive the grant funds.
  6. Sponsors will be expected to deliver the grant check and submit a picture(s) of the presentation to the Missouri NEA-Retired Communications Chair for publicity.
  7. Sponsors and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit photos of students enjoying the project to the Missouri NEA-Retired Communications Chair.

Some examples of worthy projects may include but are not limited to: 

  • Workroom renovations.
  • Educator classroom setup needs.
  • Buddy Pack supplies such as food, snacks, school supplies, etc.
  • Adopt a library.
  • Field trips.

The CHEER Fund accepts charitable contributions. You may designate your contribution for a special cause or in honor/memory of a loved one. Missouri NEA will send a notice of the contribution to the recipient(s) indicated on the contribution form. To send a tax deductible contribution, contribute online or print and complete a paper form, send with a check payable to MNEA-Retired CHEER Fund, 1810 East Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Applicant's Information (MNEA-Retired Member)

First Name:
Last Name:
Email Address:
Zip Code:
Primary Phone Number:  

Recipient's Information (MNEA active member)

Name of Recipient(s) and Grade Level (if applicable)

School District:
School Building:
Email Address:     

Donation Information

Amount Requested ($250 limit):
Previously received CHEER grant? 

Reason for request:
Please provide specific details of the proposed project, including items to be purchased, source of purchase, estimated costs, etc. Requests cannot be approved without specific documentation.

This project/gift be celebrated or publicized by MNEA-Retired.  
(Ex. newspaper, Facebook, Focus, Twitter, Instagram)
Please submit pictures of the presentation of the grant funds and the completed project. We also appreciate receiving quotes for our newsletter, including the students’ reactions to the completed project.

We encourage our grant Recipients to show their appreciation by sharing your experience with fellow members who may also benefit from a little CHEER!

Thank-You notes are also appreciated!!

Where should the check be mailed?
Full Name:
Zip Code:

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