Innovation Fund Grant Opportunities

 The Innovation Fund currently has two open grant opportunities - Community Partnership Grants and the D3 Schools Project Grant.  

About Community Partnership Grants

The Innovation Fund is pleased to announce Community Partnership Grants – a new grant opportunity for public schools, school districts, and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. Community Partnership Grants provide between $35,000 to $75,000 over one to two years for eligible organizations – in partnership with appropriate schools, districts, and community, state, or national organizations – to implement programs focused on one of the following priority areas:

  • Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy Development,
  • Coordinated Community Services,
  • Elementary Mathematics Teaching and Learning, and
  • Positive Learning Climate. 

Community Partnership Grants are made possible by the Innovation Fund Foundation and are funded with donations from the Qualified Education Donation Tax Credit.  

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for a Community Partnership Grant your organization must be one of the following:

  • A Georgia local education agency (LEA)/school district*
  • A Georgia traditional public school or charter school
  • A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a current Form 990

*If the applicant is not a school or district, it must be a party to a contract pursuant to OCGA § 20-14-45.

Given the focus of the Community Partnership Grants, eligible organizations must partner with another organization (e.g. government agency, RESA, college or university, etc.).  However, the school district, charter school, or nonprofit organization must submit the application and serve as the fiscal agent and lead for all grant funds.

Priority Points

Applicants that fall into one of the following categories will receive priority points on their application in alignment with the below chart. Please note, applicants will only receive priority points in one category (the category for which they would receive the highest points).  For example, a high-need, rural school actively working with the Chief Turnaround Officer (CTO) would receive seven points total, rather than seven points for working with the CTO and three for being a high-need, rural school.

Category Priority Points Notes
Schools Actively Working with the Chief Turnaround Officer +7 points To receive priority points for this category, the school must be actively working with the state’s Chief Turn Around Officer (CTO), as verified by the CTO. Please note, school districts are only eligible for these priority points if their proposed grant program exclusively involves school(s) actively working with the CTO.
Schools on the Turnaround Eligible Schools List +5 points To receive points for this category, a school must be on the Turnaround Eligible Schools list.  Please note that school districts are only eligible for these priority points if they plan to focus exclusively on school(s) on the Turnaround Eligible Schools List during the D3 planning process.
High-Need Rural Schools/School Districts  +3 points To receive points for this category a school district must be located in a county designated as Tier 1 or Tier 2 based on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ annual job tax credit tiers AND must serve fewer than 25 students per square mile. Click here for a map and list of high-need, rural school districts. Individual schools within the listed school districts are also eligible for priority points.

Funding Timeline

The Innovation Fund will accept, review, and award Community Partnership Grants on a rolling basis.  Applicants can submit their application at any time, and the Innovation Fund will award grants at least four times per year. Please note these timeframes are subject to change, subject to the availability of funds from the Qualified Education Donation Tax Credit. The below chart indicates the currently-anticipated timeframe in which the Innovation Fund will review and award grants. 

Applications Received By Will Be Reviewed and Awarded By
June 30, 2018 Mid-August 2018
September 30, 2018 Mid-November 2018
December 30, 2018 Mid-February 2019
March 31, 2019 Mid-May 2019

Application Instructions

  1. Carefully review the Community Partnership Grant GuidelinesApplication Questions, and Rubric.
  2. Participate in Community Partnership Grant Application Webinar.  Please note completion of this webinar is mandatory for all applicantsThe webinar will be available on GOSA’s website by the end of April.
  3. Once you participate in the webinar series, create an account on GOSA’s online application site and log in to complete the eligibility form and application.  The link to the online application site will be available by the end of April. 
  4. Electronically submit your completed application, including your answers to the application questions along with all required documents.

About the Discover, Design, Develop (D3) Schools Grant Project

The Innovation Fund is pleased to announce the Discover, Design, Develop (D3) Schools Grant Project – a new grant opportunity targeted for schools on the Turnaround Eligible List and high-need, rural schools and districts. The D3 Schools Grant Project will take selected schools and districts through a year-long, GOSA-facilitated, strategic planning process where they will create a program or project that effectively targets their school or district’s most urgent need. 

Participating schools and districts will receive:

  • An $8,000 grant to support partucipation in the D3 Schools Project planning process,
  • Ongoing support and coaching from GOSA staff, and
  • The opportunity to apply for up to $20,000 to pilot the program they developed during the D3 Schools Project.

The D3 Schools Project Grant Guidelines provide more information about this grant opportunity. 

Priority Areas

The D3 Schools Project will invest in schools and districts addressing challenges and developing programs in the following priority areas:

  • Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy Development,
  • Coordinated Community Services,
  • Elementary Mathematics Teaching and Learning, and
  • Positive Learning Climate. 

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for the D3 Schools Project, your organization must be one of the following:

  • A Georgia local education agency (LEA)/school district, or
  • A Georgia traditional public school or charter school.

Priority Points

Applicants that fall into one of the following categories will receive priority points on their application, in alignment with the below chart. Please note, applicants will only receive priority points in one category (the category for which they would receive the most points).

Category Priority Points Notes
Schools on the Turnaround Eligible Schools List +7 points To receive points for this category, a school must be on the Turnaround Eligible Schools list.  Please note that school districts are only eligible for these priority points if they plan to focus exclusively on school(s) on the Turnaround Eligible Schools List during the D3 planning process.
High-Need Rural Schools/School Districts +5 points To receive points for this category, a school district must be located in a county designated as Tier 1 or Tier 2 based on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ annual job tax credit tiers AND must serve fewer than 25 students per square mile. Click here for a map and list of high-need, rural school districts. Individual schools within the listed school districts are also eligible for priority points.

Application Timeline

March 30, 2018 Application & Technical Assisstance Webinar Opens
May 3, 2018 Applications Due
May 24 & 25, 2018 Interviews for Select Applicants
Early-Mid June 2018 Grant Awards Announced

Application Instructions

To apply for a D3 Schools Project Grant, please follow the steps below:

  1. Carefully review the D3 Schools Project Grant Guidelines
  2. Determine if your school or district is eligible to apply and if your school or district is eligible for priority points.

  3. Beginning on March 30, 2018, participate in the mandatory Technical Assistance Webinar. 

  4. Once you participate in the webinar, create an account, or if you already have an account, log in to complete your application at http://innovationfund.fluidreview.com.

  5. Electronically submit your completed application, including your answers to the application questions, along with all required documents, no later than May 3, 2018.