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Early Childhood Family Education Teacher Shortage Grant


The Early Childhood and Family Education Teacher Shortage Grant program (ECFE Teacher Shortage Grant) provides grants to postsecondary institutions to address the early childhood and family education teacher shortage. The ECFE Teacher Shortage Grant reimburses grantees for eligible expenses related to providing tuition relief and other supports for students enrolled in early childhood and family education teacher preparation programs in Minnesota.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Eligible applicants are Minnesota postsecondary institutions that offer a PELSB-Approved teacher preparation program that leads to one of the following teacher licenses (initial license, additional license, or endorsement):

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Parent and Family Education
  • Preprimary Education
  • Special Education: Early Childhood

What is the Application Process?

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is currently accepting proposals for the Early Childhood and Family Education Teacher Shortage Grants. Please review the FY24 ECFE Teacher Shortage Grants Request for Proposals before beginning the submission process.

2024 Request for Proposals

Timeline and Application Process

Date Description
May 15, 2024 Request for Proposals available to applicants
June 12, 2024 Technical Questions Deadline
June 12, 2024 Deadline for receipt of full proposals at 4:00 p.m.
June 19, 2024 Committee begins review of applications
July 8, 2024 Committee recommendations submitted to OHE for review
July 15, 2024 Applicants notified of award decisions
July 31, 2024 Mandatory grantee orientation

Proposal Cover Sheet

Applicants must complete a proposal cover sheet through this form: 2024 ECFE Teacher Shortage Grant Cover Sheet

Once submitted, applicants may email to request a copy of their submission.

In addition, applicants must email the following items to

  • Proposal narrative
  • Project budget (Use Project Budget Form)
  • Letter(s) of support
  • Financial and applicant capacity review, if applicable

Proposals must be submitted by 4:00 pm on June 12, 2024.

2024 Proposal Technical Questions

Each week, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education will post responses to frequently asked technical questions. Technical questions must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. central time, on June 12, 2024.

Who do I contact with Questions?

If you have questions about ECFE Teacher Shortage Grant, please contact the Office of Higher Education at