GOSA Opens Connections for Classrooms Round 3 Grant Application Window

July 15, 2015

Today the Governor's Office of Student Achievement released the Round 3 application for the Connections for Classrooms Grant Program. This round will provide approximately $8.5 million in grants to Georgia local education agencies (LEAs) to support school- and classroom-level network infrastructure. The grants will cover all or a portion of the local matching portion for LEAs that apply for federal network infrastructure funds through the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) E-rate Program.

The application includes a description of network infrastructure plans, digital learning implementation, alignment with state and district technology plans, and professional learning plans. In particular, applicants must describe how the increased connectivity will enable them to implement digital learning, defined as "learning facilitated by technology that gives students some element of control over time, place, path and/or pace," to improve student outcomes. Independent reviewers will score applications based upon the rubric published in the program guidelines.

Eligible LEAs must submit an application by October 29, 2015. Awards will be announced in December 2015.

Full grant program information, including the grant program guidelines, scoring rubric, application planning document, FAQs, and a list of eligible LEAs is available by clicking this link.

About Connections for Classrooms

Connections for Classrooms is a grant program joining multiple state agencies around the common goal of ensuring Georgia schools and classrooms have the high-speed broadband access required for digital and blended learning. The program combines more than $65 million from the following two fund sources:

  • Bond funds appropriated to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)
  • State general funds appropriated to the One Georgia Authority at the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) manages the funds.

The program is part of a broader statewide effort to expand classroom high-speed broadband access in response to Governor Deal’s Digital Learning Task Force recommendations as well as the GaDOE’s efforts to enable personalized learning for Georgia students. For more information about previous rounds, click here.