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Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund supports local education authorities (LEAs), schools, institutions of higher education (IHEs), and nonprofit organizations in planning, implementing and scaling innovative education programs that advance student achievement throughout Georgia.

The Innovation Fund began as a $19.4 million fund under Georgia’s Race to the Top plan.  During Race to the Top, the Innovation Fund provided 23 grants to programs focused on providing applied learning opportunities, creating teacher and leader induction programs, growing the teacher and leader pipeline, or developing or expanding charter schools. Most of these grantees continue to receive grant funds through June 30, 2015. GOSA continues to monitor their progress and provide support where needed.

To continue the Innovation Fund's work beyond Race to the Top, Governor Deal appropriated $5 million in state funding for Fiscal Year 2015. With this funding, GOSA administered 18 grants to organizations focused on planning, implementing or scaling programs aligned with the following priority areas:

  • Applied Learning with a Focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education,
  • Development and Replication of Blended Learning School Models, and
  • Teacher and Leader Induction and Development.

On December 15, 2014, Gov. Deal announced the 2014 Innovation Fund award winners. Click here to view a list of the winning grant proposals.