Michigan Opens Up Grant Program For Teachers And Support Staff

All over the country, governors, school districts, and educators have all been trying to figure out how to ensure that students can continue attending school, safely, and efficiently.

And now, the governor has announced a grant program for teachers, as well as support staff who worked during the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Dayna Polehanki, who was a teacher previously spoke on the grant award:

Having been a classroom teacher for nearly 20 years, I know that this past spring was a stressful time for teachers and support staff.

The shift from in-person instruction to remote learning that occurred due to COVID-19 required additional time, costs, and energy to ensure learning continued, so I applaud Governor Whitmer and State Treasurer Eubanks for recognizing and supporting educators with these new grant programs.”

Here’s what Governor Whitmer said upon announcing this grant program:

Our teachers and support staff have made incredible sacrifices this year to ensure our kids can get a great education while Michigan fights the COVID-19 pandemic. They deserve all of the support we can give as we continue working around the clock to keep Michigan families safe. My administration will continue working hard to protect our educators and ensure our kids are learning the skills they need to grow this year. And as we continue to fight this virus, remember to mask up, maintain six feet of physical distancing, and get your flu vaccine.”

Here’s how the program will work:

For teachers: Full- and part-time classroom teachers who taught K-12 students in a school district or nonprofit nonpublic school classrooms during the 2019-2020 school year prior to the suspension of in-class activities are eligible.

To receive up to $500, teachers must have performed at least of 75% of their standard instruction workload in brick and mortar classrooms during the last school year prior to the suspension of in-person instruction on April 2.

For Support Staff: School support staff includes full- or part-time paraprofessionals, aides, or non-instructional staff who work in a public school, which includes local and intermediate school districts and public school academies.

To receive up to $250, individuals must have performed at least of 75% of their workload in brick and mortar buildings during the last school year prior to the suspension of in-person instruction on April 2.

Grants for Teachers

At the time of this post, GrantWatch had 196 Grants for Teachers listed on the site. These grants may be used by public school teachers for the improvement of education, to purchase classroom supplies, to create innovative teaching strategies as well as to fund professional development opportunities. Find classroom grants for school funding, grants to public school educators to enhance teaching, provide support for STEM professionals, and for the pursuit of careers in teaching.

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