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Innovative Education Fund Grant Program

Improving student outcomes one grant at a time.

The Innovative Education Fund Grant Program provides opportunities for public schools, school districts and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to bolseter innovative projects that deeply engage students. Eligible organizations may apply for $1,000 to $20,000 in grant funding for innovative education programs that contribute to improving outcomes for Georgia students.

The Innovative Education Fund provides $1,000 to $20,000 over one year for eligible organizations - traditional public and charter schools, school districts, and nonprofit organizations partnered with public schools and districts - to implement innovative projects that deeply engage students. Innovative education programs contribute solutions to improve outcomes for Georgia students.

What are "Innovative Programs"?

The GFPE defines characteristics of innovative programs as those that are:

  • Targeting the Root Cause of a Problem: The program should solve a problem faced by a specific population by targeting its root cause in an inventive way.
  • Inclusive:Programs should be developed for and with students, teachers, and leaders.
  • Disruptive & Transformative:Programs should have the potential to disrupt and permanently transform "education as usual." The program exists to improve an aspect of or introduce a new approach to education at the classroom, school, or district level.
  • Contextualized:Programs must be created with consideration of the context in which it will be applied. Depending on the program focus, special attention should be paid to the student/teacher target population, school neighborhood, and/or available external resources.
  • Collaborative:The program should utilize thoughtfully selected and creative community partners to meet financial and programmatic needs.
  • A Breakthrough Approach:Is the program rarely-before- or never-before-seen in the context?

The Innovative Education Fund is funded with donations from the PEACH Education Tax Credit.

Who is Eligible to Apply for an Innovative Education Fund Grant?

To apply for an Innovative Education Fund grant, you must be one of the following:

  • A school administrator, principal, or instructional coach at a charter school or traditional public school in the state of Georgia.
  • A K-12 teacher at a Georgia charter school or traditional public school who has been teaching for at least three years.
  • Another type of leadership-level administrator in a Georgia LEA.
  • A Georgia 501(c)(3) partnering with a Georgia school or school district.

You are eligible for priority points if you are a school identified on the Georgia Department of Education'sComprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools list (5 points).

Current Grant Programs

The Innovative Education Fund currently features two grant programs:

  • Innovation Mini Grants: Provides between $1,000 - $5,000 for a yearlong grant designed implement a small-scale innovative education program that has the potential to impact student outcomes. Schools are limited to FIVE submissions per school.
  • Innovating Eductation Prototype Grants: Provides up to $20,000 over one year to pilot or scale a mid-scale innovative education program that has the potential to impact student outcomes and transform teaching/learning practices at the school or district. Schools are limited to ONE submission per school. (Districts are not limited.) This program offers two tiers of funding:
    • Tier I: Provides between $5,001 and $20,000
    • Tier II: Provides between $5,000 and $10,000

Grant Timeline

The grant application process opens in February, with applications due in March. Applications are reviewed and announced in May. Specific dates are updated each year. 

Sample Funding Timeline

NOTE: The application process is not open year-round. For an example of key dates, look at the 2022 grant process timeline: 

Grant application opened: Feb. 15, 2022

Grant application due: March 15, 202

Reviewed and announced: Early May 2022

Application Instructions

To participate in the Innovative Education Fund, please follow the steps below:

  1. Watch the "Grant Writing 101" Webinar (recommended, but not required).
  2. Watch the “Innovation 101” Webinar (recommended, but not required).
  3. Carefully review the Innovative Education Fund Guidelines and the scoring rubric for the program to which you are applying: Innovating Education Prototype Grants or Innovation Mini Grants.
  4. Complete an application using the GFPE Application Portal 
  5. Submit your application online by the stated deadline.

For Innovating Education Prototype Grant Applicants Only: The GFPE may invite the applicant and prospective grant team to participate in an interview with GFPE staff and board members during April.

More Information

For questions regarding the Innovative Education Fund, please contact Jaclyn Colona at Jaclyn.colona@doe.k12.ga.us or 404-445-9828.

Grant Portal
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Grant Success

“Thank you so much for the grant that helped our program to be successful...We greatly look forward to next year and how we can expand our program to reach even more students. Again, thank you for your generous support.”  --Chandra Steele, Pike County Schools