Teachers from the Portage la Prairie School Division may get to see their educational dreams become a reality.

Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Wayne Ewasko and Mental Health and Community Wellness Minister Janice Morley-Lecomte have announced that the Manitoba Government is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 Teachers’ Idea Fund. Leading into this period, the fund has approved 162 projects in 29 school divisions, including the Portage School Division.

“The Teachers’ Idea Fund provides teachers, staff and school leaders with resources they need to develop innovative projects that support high-quality learning and positive outcomes for students,” says Ewasko. “Our government is pleased, once again for 2023-24, to focus on projects that support the mental health and well-being of students and educators, and help make classrooms and schools across the province places where innovative ideas are developed, encouraged and embraced.”

Submissions should be focused on programming that falls under one of the following categories:

  • talking about mental health,
  • training for teachers,
  • incorporating mental health into teaching,
  • providing appropriate tools and supports for students, and
  • taking care of teachers and school staff.

“Discussing mental health and well-being openly and honestly allows the education system to flourish and to help students reach their full potential in school and in life,” says Morley-Lecomte.

The five-year, $25 million fund was launched in March 2021. Submissions will be accepted from school staff employed in Manitoba’s kindergarten to Grade 12 public school system, as well as First Nations Schools that have agreements with school divisions.

The Teachers’ Idea Fund 2023-24 application deadline is March 27.

For the full press release from the Government of Manitoba, click here.