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Tennessee Grant Funding Available to EPPs in and around the State: Apply by May 7

Farm field - Grow Your Own Teacher Program

The Tennessee Department of Education is offering Grow Your Own grants to educator preparation programs (EPPs) who work with the state’s school districts. The $2 million grants are available to help remove barriers and increase access to the education field for prospective teachers in Tennessee. The May 7 application deadline is quickly approaching! Application requirements and additional information are available here.

The Grown Your Own initiative supports partnerships between EPPs and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to provide innovative, no-cost pathways to the teaching profession by increasing EPP enrollment and growing the supply of qualified teachers to serve the state’s diverse student population. It provides no-cost access to a pathway to teaching to meet the need for increased diversity as well as to address the state’s teacher shortage. The second round of grants will provide 20 EPPs with $100,000 for their programs.

The application process for the second round of Grow Your Own grants is open to both in-state and out-of-state EPPs who partner with a Tennessee school district. Among the requirements for being awarded funding, preference will be given to EPPs and school districts not award funding in round one. Funding for the Grow Your Own competitive grant is available through federal COVID-19 stimulus funding. For more information, visit https://www.tn.gov/education/news/2021/4/9/tdoe-announces–2-million-for-round-two-of-grow-your-own-grants.html.


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Jerrica Thurman

Director of Marketing & Communications, AACTE