Innovative Education Fund Grant Program
The Georgia Foundation for Public Education is pleased to announce the Innovative Education Fund Grant Program – a new grant opportunity for public schools, school districts and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. The Innovative Education Fund provides $1,000-$20,000 over one year for eligible organizations – traditional public and charter schools, school districts, and nonprofits 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. The GFPE defines characteristics of innovative programs as those that are:
- Targeting the Root Cause of a Problem: Solve a problem faced by a specific population by targeting its root cause in an inventive way;
- Inclusive: Were developed for and with students, teachers and leaders;
- Disruptive & Transformative: 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: Were created with consideration of the context in which it will be applied. Depending on the program focus, special attention was paid to the student/teacher target population, school neighborhood, and/or available external resources;
- Collaborative: Utilize thoughtfully selected and creative community partners to meet financial and programmatic needs; and
- A Breakthrough Approach: Are rarely-before- or never-before-seen in the context.
The Innovative Education Fund is funded with donations from the Qualified Education Donation Tax Credit
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.
- Innovating Education 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.
- Tier I: Provides between $10,001 - $20,000.
- Tier II: Provides between $5,000 - $10,000.
To apply for an Innovative Education Fund grant, the organization you are representing must be one of the following:
- You are a school administrator, principal, or instructional coach at a charter school or traditional public school in the state of Georgia;
- You are a K-12 teacher at a Georgia charter school or traditional public school who has been teaching for at least three years*; or
- You are another type of leadership-level administrator in a Georgia LEA.
- You are a Georgia 501(c)(3) partnering with a Georgia school or school district.**
- Schools are limited to ONE submission per school for the Prototype Grant. (Districts are not limited.)
- Schools are limited to FIVE submissions per school for the Mini Grant.
*If you are a teacher at a K-12 Georgia charter school or traditional public school, you must submit a Principal Certification Form along with your application.
** If you are a 501(c)(3) organization, you must include a Letter of Commitment from the school or district with which you are partnered. The letter must be signed by the school principal and/or district superintendent.
You are eligible for priority points if you are a school identified on the Georgia Department of Education’s Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools list (5 points).
Grant Application Opens
Grant Application Due
Reviewed & Announced By
February 15, 2022
March 15, 2022
Early May 2022
To participate in the Innovative Education Fund, please follow the steps below:
- Watch the "Grant Writing 101" Webinar (recommended, but not required).
- Watch the “Innovation 101” Webinar (recommended, but not required).
- 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.
- Complete an application using the GFPE Application Portal: https://grants.gfpe.org/ or click on the "Grant Portal" box in the upper right section of this page.
- Submit your application online by March 15, 2022.
- 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 the week of April 4-8, 2022.
For questions regarding the Innovative Education Fund, please contact Jaclyn Colona at Jaclyn.firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.445.9828.