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

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.
  • 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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Priority Points

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).

Funding Timeline

Grant Application Opens

Grant Application Due

Reviewed & Announced By

February 15, 2022

March 15, 2022

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:  or click on the "Grant Portal" box in the upper right section of this page.
  5. Submit your application online by March 15, 2022.
  6. 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 or 404.445.9828.


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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