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Educator Workforce Grant Opportunities

Future Proud Michigan Educator

In support of Future Proud Michigan Educators, the governor and legislature worked together on a budget that supports the state's Top 10 Strategic Education Plan goals. This page will be updated as new grant opportunities become available.

Other options for paying for college in Michigan

EXPLORE grant icon


Local and intermediate school districts are eligible to apply to implement or sustain EXPLORE programs for students in grades 6-12 interested in the teaching profession or to support recent EXPLORE graduates with tuition expenses on the path to certification.

EXPLORE Grant Information
GYO Grant

Grow Your Own Staff

To support school employees who desire to earn certification, grants are available to local and intermediate school districts to build Grow Your Own programs in partnership with educator preparation providers.

Grow Your Own Staff Grant Information

Military Veterans

This program provides a method for districts to offer a paid mentorship and salary for military veterans seeking educator certification.

Please view the Military Veteran's Grant website for additional information, including application details.

Military Veterans Grant

Grants in Support of Current Educators

In fiscal year 2024, several grants will also be available to support current educators. Information about these opportunities will be updated as it becomes available.

Mentoring and Induction

This program has 3 separate grants to support mentoring and induction programs in Michigan, including (1) one to ISD’s or other education entities to create standards and resources for mentors, (2) one to an education or research entity to evaluate programs, and (3) one to districts to support stipends, resources, and professional learning for mentors and new teachers, administrators, and counselors.

Section 27h Mentoring and Induction Grant Information

National Board Certification

Local and intermediate school districts will be eligible to apply. Teachers who hold National Board Certification, or those in pursuit of this certification, may be eligible to receive grant money.

National Board Grant Information

Student Loan Repayment

Districts and intermediate districts are eligible to apply to implement a Student Loan Repayment Program for eligible individuals who are participating in a federal student loan repayment program. Eligible participants can receive up to $200 or $400 per month.

Please view the Student Loan Repayment Program website for more details.

Student Loan Repayment Program

Grants Administered by Partner Offices and Agencies

Several additional grants and funding opportunities to support the educator workforce are available through partner offices within the Department of Education and other government agencies.

To learn more about each of these programs, visit the individual webpages or contact the listed agency.

Michigan Future Educator Fellowship

MI Future Educator Fellowship

The MI Future Educator Fellowship will offer $10,000 scholarship to up to 2,500 future educators every year.

To be eligible, candidates must be admitted to an approved Michigan educator preparation program (EPP) and pursuing initial teacher certification. Candidates must also be enrolled in enough coursework to be considered full-time by their EPP, or the equivalent of full-time participation in an alternative certification program. For purposes of eligibility for the Fellowship, "alternative certification program" is defined as an approved Michigan alternative route program.

For additional information, contact

MI Future Educator Fellowship Information
Michigan Future Educator Student Teacher Stipend

MI Future Educator Student Teacher Stipend

The MI Future Educator Student Teacher Stipend is a program to support Michigan’s hardworking student teachers as they continue their journey to being in the classroom full-time.

Up to $9,600 per semester will be available for use towards allowable student teaching expenses (tuition, living expenses, childcare, etc.).

For additional information, contact

MI Future Educator Student Teacher Stipend Information
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

CTE Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Intermediate school districts with a CTE teacher on staff or who pledge to hire a CTE teacher may apply for funding for the recruitment of, retention of, and coverage of continued education costs for CTE teachers. 

For more information or support, please contact Ms. Candace Vinson at

CTE Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grants
Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement

Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant

Intermediate school districts may apply for grants to cover tuition costs up to $800.00 per credit hour to support certified teachers working under the authorization of a special education teacher temporary approval to earn special education endorsements.

For more information, contact mde-ose@Michigan.Gov.

Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant
31o Staffing

Section 31o Staffing

Section 31o of the State Aid Act provides funds to eligible districts and intermediate school districts to increase the number of psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nurses providing services to students in Michigan schools. 

For additional information, contact MDE-31o@Michigan.Gov.

Section 31o Grants