Under the Teacher COVID-19 Grant and the Support Staff COVID-19 Grant programs, eligible teachers can receive up to $500 and eligible support staff can receive up to $250. On Oct. 27, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks announced eligible Michigan teachers and support staff who worked additional time and incurred additional costs during the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic can receive these grant through the two new grant programs. The state of Michigan’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget provides $53 million for eligible K-12 classroom teachers and $20 million for eligible support staff.
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 for the Teacher COVID-19 Grant.
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.
School support staff includes a full or part-time paraprofessionals, aides or noninstructional 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.
“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,” Whitmer said. 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.”
“Teachers and support staff have put in the extra hours and time to ensure our children receive an education during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Eubanks said. “We need to support our school employees as they continue to support our students and families during the pandemic. I thank them for all they are doing in these extraordinary times.”
“When COVID-19 hit our state, teachers and support staff across Michigan rallied to keep our children connected to learning and their school communities,” said Rep. Sheryl Kennedy. “This meant learning a completely new skill set as they were simultaneously trying to keep students on par with their learning. This was and continues to be an effort that exceeds the 40 hour work week and consumed most of the non-student calendar days including spring and summer breaks. This grant will not replace or compensate that time hour for hour, but it is an effort for the state to say, ‘We see you. We get it. Thank you.’”
The Michigan Department of Treasury is working with the Michigan Department of Education, school entities and other education partners to implement the programs. Eligible teachers and support staff should consult the school entity where they worked during the 2019-2020 school year to ensure they receive a grant.
Grant funding checks are anticipated to be sent directly from the state Treasury Department to teachers and support staff in February 2021.
To help combat the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on April 2 signed an executive order that suspended in-person instruction of K-12 students and provided limited and temporary relief from certain requirements so K-12 instruction could continue through alternative methods during the public health crisis.
For more information about the grant program, including frequently asked questions, go to www.michigan.gov/TSSC19Grants.