Current Grant Opportunities

Innovation Fund Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Cycle

The Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Cycle will support school districts, traditional public schools, charter schools, and RESAs in planning, implementing, and scaling radically innovative education programs. GOSA seeks to fund programs that target the root causes of challenging and complex problems through one of the following priority areas:

  • Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education;
  • Birth to Age Eight Language & Literacy Development;
  • Blended & Personalized Learning; and
  • Teacher and Leader Development for High-Needs Schools.

This year, GOSA is offering three types of grants.

Grant Award Range
Innovation Fund Accelerator $10,000
Implementation Grant $200,000 - $700,000
Scaling Grant $200,000 - $700,000


Applications are due October 5, 2017. For more information, please visit the Innovation Fund Grant Opportunities page

2017-2018 Innovation in Teaching Competition

Recommendations have opened for the 2017-2018 Innovation in Teaching Competition. The Innovation in Teaching Competition promotes excellence in the classroom by: (a) recognizing and rewarding Georgia's most effective educators, and (b) making examples of their practices available to Georgia's teachers and leaders online.

This year, GOSA is looking for teachers that excel in one of the following priority areas:

  • Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education;
  • Blended Learning and Personalized Learning;
  • Innovative Practices to Close the Achievement Gap; and
  • Birth through Age Eight Language and Literacy.

From now until September 1, principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches, GOSA Language and Literacy Specialists, district staff, and Georgia Department of Education staff can recommend teachers here

Early Language and Literacy Mini-Grant Program

The Early Language and Literacy Mini-Grant Program aims to invest in collaborative community partnerships targeting birth to age eight language and literacy development needs. Working in conjunction with the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College, these community partnerships may include childcare centers, public and private Pre-Ks, primary grades of elementary schools, local service agencies, and local nonprofits. 

Grants will be awared in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to support innovative projects that develop or strengthen community initiatives targeting at least one of the four pillars of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign

  • Language Nutrition,
  • Access,
  • Positive Learning Climate, and
  • Teacher Preparation and Effectiveness.

Applications open on August 15 and are due October 31, 2017. For more information, please visit the Early Language and Literacy Mini-Grant Program page

Middle School STEM Opportunity with Learning Blade

Georgia middle schools are now eligible to apply for a new grant opportunity designed to support student interest, awareness, and skill development in relation to STEM careers.

GOSA has made funds available to provide school-wide access and teacher development and support for the implementation of the Learning Blade system. Learning Blade is an online, supplemental STEM career awareness system that does the following:

  • Builds awareness and interest in STEM careers;
  • Demonstrates the relvance of academics to careers;
  • Helps prepare students with online academic lessons; and
  • Aligns to middle school standards.

This competitive grant opportunity is open to all middle schools in Georgia; however, priority will be given to schools currently on the Chronically Failing Schools list. Applications will be accepted through September 15, 2017. Visit the Learning Blade website for more information. Complete the online application form to be considered for the middle school STEM opportunity. 

GOSA Grant Programs