2013 Classroom Cash Grant Program kicks off

Teachers across region will share $40,000 in grants from Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI (September 20, 2013) — While there’s nothing like an apple to show a teacher appreciation, the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) wants to express its support for educators in Southeastern Michigan through its 2013 MSGCU Classroom Cash Grant Program.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 16, MSGCU’s Classroom Cash Grant Program invites teachers to post their grant proposals. Starting Oct. 8, those who support them – students, parents, colleagues, and members of the school and local community – can show their support by voting for their favorite teachers and their projects through the online voting process on

The 2013 MSGCU Classroom Cash Grant Program will award a total of $40,000 in grants this October. Teachers from throughout Southeastern Michigan can each win up to $750 for their classrooms.  Teachers can use the grants to fund innovative and essential classroom projects or offset expenditures they sometimes make bringing such projects to their classroom.

To become eligible for a Classroom Cash Grant, teachers submit an application detailing their project or need and submit it between Sept. 16 and Oct. 4, 2013 at Then, they promote their project in order to garner votes of support.  The website offers teachers various email and social media tools they can use to drive support from students, co-workers, their community, friends and family.

Online voting is open Oct. 8-22. The projects receiving the most votes receive the grants.  Winners are announced Oct. 25.

The MSGCU Classroom Cash Grant Program is open to all teachers in the eight county region in Southeast Michigan served by MSGCU: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Teachers can be educators serving in public, private, parochial or charter schools. Previous Classroom Cash winners and entrants also can reapply.

“Through their work, teachers impact the lives of students and the community in which we live in the most profound ways,” Peter Gates, MSGCU President and CEO, said. “We were founded by teachers and we know that often they have ideas about great programs that for many reasons might not come to light. With Classroom Cash Grants we can help make these ideas into a reality – for teachers and their students. We truly are proud to support teachers and their classrooms in Southeast Michigan.”

Recipients must either be a member of MSGCU or become a member of MSGCU before receipt of the award. Membership is as simple as opening a savings account with a $5 minimum balance. There is a $50 bonus available for those opening additional accounts and products.

Member teachers can also take advantage of other MSGCU programs that include among others 0% loans up to $500 for classroom purchases, scholarships, and in-classroom financial literacy programs designed to meet curriculum needs.

For more information on Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union and the 2013 MSGCU Classroom Cash Grant Program, please visit and, or telephone MSGCU at (586) 263-8800 or (866)-MSGCU4U.

About Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union MSGCU
For nearly 60 years, Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union has provided quality financial services to its members. Founded by several teachers, MSGCU now has more than 70,000 members, $1.23 billion in assets and more than 240 employees. The Credit Union has consistently received Bauer Financial’s highest rating, five stars, and obtained a member satisfaction rating of more than 97% in 2013. With 11 offices located throughout Macomb and Oakland counties, MSGCU offers a full range of personal and business-related financial services. For more information, visit or call (586) 263-8800 or 1-(866)-MSGCU4U.

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