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Future Proud Michigan Educator Staff Grant

Educator Recruitment a Major Highlight in State School Aid Budget

 The governor and the legislature worked together on a budget that supports the state's Top 10 Strategic Education Plan goals. Specifically, the budget includes an unprecedented $555 million to support the educator workforce in fiscal year 2023, including:

  • Future pme logo$175 million for Future Proud Michigan Educator Staff programs to support school employees who desire to earn educator certification and Future Proud Michigan Educator EXPLORE programs to provide students in grades 6 to 12 the opportunity to experience careers in education. 
  • $355 million for Future Educator Fellowships and student teacher stipends. These funds will be disbursed by the Department of Treasury and information is available on the New Programs for Future Educators webpage.     
  • $15 million for Future Proud Michigan Educator Veterans. This program provides a method for districts to offer a paid mentorship and salary for military veterans seeking educator certification.
  • $10 million for Future Proud Michigan Educator CTE. This program provides funding for intermediate school districts to recruit and hire Career and Technical Education educators.


For more information, see the Michigan Department of Education press release on the FY 2023 budget and read the full details of the budget.

The Michigan Department of Education is working diligently to make these unprecedented funds available as soon after the October 1 start of the fiscal year as possible. Application information will be posted to the Future Proud Michigan Educator page as soon as it is available.

Future Proud Michigan Educator Grow Your Own (GYO) Programs School Personnel Grant

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is continuing the Future Proud Michigan Educator (Future PME) initiative with a new grant opportunity for districts to support K-12 school personnel. This grant is an extension of Michigan’s efforts to grow and diversify the educator workforce and reduce educator shortages through the Future PME initiative.


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  • Applications must be submitted by Michigan Local Education Agencies (LEAs), Public School Academies (PSAs), or Intermediate School Districts (ISDs). Interested individual staff members should speak with their building and/or district administrator to coordinate an application, which must be submitted by the LEA, PSA, or ISD.
  • Applicants are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in funding per employee and may apply for funds to support multiple employees.
  • Employees may be either directly employed by the LEA, PSA, or ISD or working in an LEA, PSA, or ISD under contract with a third-party staffing agency.
  • Grant funds may be used to support non-certificated employees working toward initial teacher certification or currently certified teachers looking to add an additional endorsement to a Michigan teaching certificate.
  • Eligible expenses for this grant include teacher preparation coursework tuition and program fees at an approved Michigan educator preparation provider, licensure testing fees, and substitute permit costs.


  • One application should be submitted on behalf of all employees.
  • Applications will require detailed information on the need for a Grow Your Own partnership to support district workforce needs, the employees to be supported, and the educator preparation provider with which the applicant will partner on the Grow Your Own initiative. You will be able to preview the necessary information when the application link is announced.
  • Once announced, the link to the application and due date will be available here and in the Educationally Speaking newsletter.
  • Reimbursement to the LEA, PSA or ISD for incurred expenses will occur in a one-time payment.