Under Minnesota Laws of 2017, Chapter 5, Article 2, section 57, for state fiscal years 2018 and 2019, $220,000 is available each year in state funding. Eligible entities include Board of Teaching approved teacher preparation programs. Read the Minnesota Department of Education's memo to learn more about eligibility and application information.
The Alternative Teacher Preparation Grant Program (ATPGP) awards grants to fill Minnesota’s teacher shortage areas by the way of expanding alternative teacher preparation programs by expanding program approval to other licensure areas identified as shortage areas by the commissioner of education; recruit, select, and train teachers who reflect the racial or ethnic diversity of students in Minnesota; or establish professional development programs for teachers who have obtained teaching licenses through alternative teacher preparation programs.
The Office of Higher Education will award a total of $750,000 in grants in the 2018 fiscal year. The grant program is for alternative teacher preparation providers to fill teacher shortage areas. Alternative teacher preparation providers receiving the grant must use the grant to get unit and program approval, recruit diverse teachers, or establish professional development programs.
See OHE's timeline for proposals:
March 5, 2018 - Request for Proposals Available
March 19, 2018 - Technical Assistance Session for Interested Applicants
March 26, 2018 - Deadline for receipt off Intent to Submit Forms
April 6, 2018 (4:30 p.m.) - Deadline for receipt of proposals
May 14, 2018 - Grant applicants notified of application review results. Begin contract agreement negotiations.
TBD - Project Period starts with date of contract encumbrance
The Minnesota Department of Education will grant three million dollars over the biennium through a competitive grant program for schools with more than 30 percent minority students to design and launch a board approved nonconventional teacher residency pilot program. The program must provide tuition scholarships or stipends to enable school district employees or community members affiliated with a school district who seek an education license to participate in a nonconventional teacher preparation program. School districts and charter schools may also apply for grants to develop innovative Grow Your Own programs that encourage secondary school students to pursue teaching. The Minnesota Department of Education is not currently accepting grant applications for 2017. Check back in July of 2018.