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National Board Certification (NBC) Grant Opportunities

Two grants were previously available:

  1. Section 27m: National Board: Recognized Achievement Grant awards money for teachers who currently hold National Board Certification.
  2. Section 27m: National Board: First-Time Candidate Grant awards money for teachers in Title I schools pursuing National Board Certification for the first time.

Local education agencies (LEAs), both traditional public school districts and public school academies (PSAs), and intermediate school districts (ISDs) must apply for educators that qualify for either of the grants outlined below.

Definition of Title I: Teacher must be employed in a designated schoolwide Title I building.

Full Statutory Language

The section 27m National Board grant application windows are now closed. Please watch this webpage for updates. Section 27m allows for a potential second round of grants, if funds remain available.

Recognized Achievement Grant

Distributed on an equal basis

Timeline

APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please check back for updates.

Application opens: January 17, 2024

Applications due: February 28, 2024

Award period: April 2024

Eligibility

To be eligible, a Michigan teacher must:

  • hold National Board Certification by January 1, 2024.
  • hold a valid or expired Michigan teaching certificate.
  • be employed in a classroom and teach at least 50% of the teacher’s full-time hours, as determined by the district or intermediate school district.
  • be employed by the district or intermediate school district as teachers, including those in teacher leadership roles as a peer assistance and review coach, mentor, or other teacher support provider if the position does not require a school administrator certificate.

Grant Awards

Teachers may receive up to $4,000. If employed in a Title I building teachers shall receive up to $10,000.

If the allotted amount of this grant ($4 million) is exceeded due to a high volume of candidates, the awarded grant totals will be adjusted.

First-Time Candidate Grant

Awarded on a first-come, first-served basis

Timeline

APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please check back for updates.

Application opens: January 17, 2024

Applications due: March 13, 2024

Award period: June 2024 (tentative)

Eligibility

To be eligible, a Michigan teacher must:

  • teach in a Title I school.
  • pay for and complete one or more National Board Certification components for the first time on or after October 1, 2023, and before September 30, 2026.
  • hold a valid or expired Michigan teaching certificate.
  • be employed by the district or intermediate district as teachers, including those in teacher leadership roles as a peer assistance and review coach, mentor, or other teacher support provider if the position does not require a school administrator certificate.

Grant Awards

Teachers in Title I buildings pursuing NBC for the first time may receive up to $2,125.

4 components x $475 = $1900
3 years x $75/year application = $225
Total = $2,125

Funds available for this grant are projected to end September 30, 2026. Grantees can distribute funds until that time.

Learn More About National Board Certification

National Board Certification 

Already applied? These are the next steps in the process:

  • Grant award notifications (GANS) will be shared with institutions in spring 2024.
  • Payments will be made to the district, PSA, or ISD.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Local education agencies (LEAs), both traditional public school districts and public school academies (PSAs), and intermediate school districts (ISDs) are eligible to apply.

    Individual educators are not eligible applicants; they are encouraged to inquire with their building or district administration about submitting a grant application.

  • Yes. Applicants are welcome to apply for one or both grants on behalf of eligible teachers. Applicants must be LEAs, PSAs, or ISDs.

  • No, as eligibility rules above indicate, administrators are not eligible for either grant.

  • Yes. A copy of each application template are available for download. MDE recommends districts use this resource to carefully draft their responses, keeping a copy for their own records and reference.

    Section 27m: National Board: Recognized Achievement Template

    Section 27m: National Board: First Time Candidate Template

  • National Board: Recognized Achievement grant awardees will receive grant money via State Aid in April 2024.

    National Board: First Time Candidate grant awardees will receive grant money via State Aid in June 2024 (tentative).

  • The funds from this statute are designed to go from the eligible applicants (districts or intermediate districts) to eligible teachers. We are unable to provide guidance on district reimbursement practices.  

  • According to the Section 27m subsection (3)(a), to receive an award, eligible teachers must meet the following: Be employed in classroom teaching at least 50% of the teacher's full-time hours, as determined by the district or intermediate district.  

    All grants are subject to audit. Districts are responsible for determining and ensuring that their candidates qualify. While we would love to honor all who have achieved National Board Certification, the grant must be implemented as described in the statute.