Innovation Fund Grant Opportunities

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.  The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement 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-Need Schools.

Available Grants

Grant Award Range Learn More
Innovation Fund Accelerator $10,000

Accelerator Grant Guidelines

Accelerator Application Questions

Implementation Grant $200,000 - $700,000

Implementation Grant Guidelines

Implementation Grant Application Questions

Implementation Grant Rubric

Scaling Grant $200,000 - $700,000

Scaling Grant Guidelines

Scaling Grant Application Questions

Scaling Grant Rubric

Application Process

  1. Carefully review the grant guidelines for the grant you are interested in applying for.
  2. Take the Which Grant Should I Apply For? Quiz to determine which grant is the best fit for your organization.
  3. Complete the Mandatory Technical Assistance Webinar Series. Click on the links in the chart below to access the webinars.
Webinar Link Mandatory For
Innovation Fund Grants 101 (40 minutes) All Applicants
Let's Talk Innovation (30 minutes) All Applicants
Innovation Fund Accelerator Webinar (20 minutes) Accelerator Applicants
Innovation Fund Implementation & Scaling Grant Webinar (60 minutes) Implementation & Scaling Grant Applicants
  1. Complete and submit your application online by October 5, 2017.  If you are having trouble accessing the online application site, please click here.

Award Timeline

August 16, 2017 Webinar Series & Online Application Open
October 5, 2017 Applications Due
Week of October 23, 2017 Interviews with top Accelerator Applicants
Early November 2017 Accelerator Award Announcement 
Week of November 6, 2017 Interviews with top Implementation & Scaling Grant Applicants
Early December 2017 Implementation & Scaling Grant Award Announcement 

Innovation Fund Tiny Grants

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement will be conducting the next review of Tiny Grant applications in September.  All applicants that submit their application by September 1 will be notified of their status by the end of September.  


What is a Tiny Grant?

Tiny Grants provide traditional public schools, charter schools, and school districts between $1,000 and $7,000 to implement an innovative project that deeply engages students. An innovative project solves an existing problem in an inventive way and has the potential to have a large and lasting impact on the academic environment. 

Tiny Grant-funded programs or projects must align with one of the following priority areas:

  • Applied Learning with a Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education;
  • Development and Replication of Blended Learning School Models; or
  • Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy Development.

Award Timeline

GOSA will accept Tiny Grant applications on a rolling-basis and review applications three times throughout the year. Please see the table below for application review dates.

All Applications Submitted By Will Be Reviewed By
September 1, 2017 Late September
January 15, 2018  Mid February
May 1, 2018 Late May

How Do I Apply?

To learn more about the Tiny Grant program, including how to apply and who is eligible to apply, please read the Tiny Grant Guidelines.