Gov. Nathan Deal today announced 39 award winners for the Innovation Fund Tiny Grant Program, a competitive grant opportunity that provides funding to traditional public schools, charter schools and school districts to implement small-scale programs that directly engage students.

"The Innovation Fund Tiny Grant provides funding for educators to develop and share best classroom methods with their peers,” said Deal. “As we encourage Georgia’s students to reach new heights, we must also expand opportunities for more effective academic growth and success in the classroom. Congratulations to the award winners and we look forward to seeing the impact each Tiny Grant will have on the futures of students in Georgia.”

Programs funded by Tiny Grants must align with one of the three 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 and birth-to-age-eight language and literacy development. 

Grantees will evaluate the impact of the programs on student engagement and achievement and submit their findings to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement at the end of the grant period.

The grant award winners, schools systems and respective programs are listed below: 

Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM Education

Charles R. Drew Charter School

Atlanta Public Schools

Tiny House, Huge Impact

Wesley International Academy

Atlanta Public Schools

Student News Broadcast

Westside Atlanta Charter School

Atlanta Public Schools

eSTEAM Builder

Sallie Zetterower Elementary School

Bulloch County Schools

Sprouting STEM Take 2

Willie J. Williams Middle School

Colquitt County School District


Alexander High School

Douglas County School District

AHS Extended Robotics Team

Arbor Station Elementary School

Douglas County School District

Arbor Station STEM Lab

Sweetwater Elementary School

Douglas County School District

VR Knights

Springfield Elementary School

Effingham County Schools

Full STEAM Ahead...Fostering Future Leaders in STEM Fields

Evoline C. West Elementary School

Fulton County Schools

Arcade Awareness: Sustainability Wins

Georgia Connections Academy

GACA Mobile MakerSpace

Bay Creek Middle School

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Introducing the Robo-Rams

Couch Middle School

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Come GROW with Me

Martin Technology Academy of Math and Science

Hall County Schools

Digital Storytelling

Hampton Elementary Charter School

Henry County Schools

Monarch Butterfly Garden

Hampton Middle School

Henry County Schools

Virtual Reality: Changing the Classroom Experience

Thomson Middle School

Houston County Schools

Next Generation Scientists

Morgan County Elementary School

Morgan County Charter School System

VR Makes Us Who We Are!

Bagley Middle School

Murray County Schools

Going Beyond the Ordinary with Virtual Reality

Hiram High School

Paulding County School District

Garden/Greenhouse Project

Flat Shoals Elementary

Rockdale County Public Schools

Making Magic with Makerspaces

West End Elementary School

Rome City Schools

WEE Worms

Hesse Elementary School

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Mighty Machines: The Power of LEGO Learning and STEAM in the Classroom

School for Arts Infused Learning

State Charter School

Our Transforming Community

Long Cane Middle School

Troup County School System

Drone Attack!

Long Cane Middle School

Troup County School System

Green Racing Team

Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy

Cobb County School District Office of Early Learning

Cobb County School District

Ready, Set, Read!

Blue Ridge School

Dalton Public Schools

Growing Great Readers

West Bainbridge Elementary School

Decatur County Schools

Wildcat Teachers Club

Amana Academy

Fulton County Schools

ELA Modules and Mentors Make a Difference

West End Elementary School

Rome City Schools

WEE Cook to Read

Telfair County Schools

Birth to Books Parent Academy

Troup County School System

The Jungle Bus

Blended Learning

Ebenezer Middle School

Effingham County Schools

Blended Mastery Classroom with Chromebooks! Differentiating Instruction to Improve Learning for All Students

McClarin Success Academy

Fulton County Schools

Modern Blended/Personalized Student Learning Environment

Sycamore Elementary School

Gwinnett County Public Schools

The Breakfast Club

Social Circle Elementary School

Social Circle City Schools

Blended Learning for Acceleration, Enrichment, and Individualized Achievement

Social Circle Elementary School

Social Circle City Schools

Blending Learning for Students

Social Circle Elementary School

Social Circle City Schools

Blending Learning for Students and Teachers

Download this pdf file.Click here to read summaries of the June 2017 Tiny Grant award winners.

About the Innovation Fund
The Innovation Fund invests in public education entities that develop and scale programs that enable Georgia educators to improve student performance and tackle our state’s most significant education challenges.  In 2011, The Innovation Fund began as a $19.4 million grant competition created under Georgia’s Race to the Top (RT3) Plan. To continue the Innovation Fund’s work beyond RT3, Governor Deal appropriated state funding for Fiscal Years (FY) 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Since its inception, the Innovation Fund has invested over $33 million of state and federal funding through 139 grants to school districts, traditional public schools, charter schools, postsecondary institutions and nonprofit organizations to pilot innovative education programs, ranging in focus from teacher and leader induction and development to STEAM (science, technology, engineering arts and math) applied learning, blended learning, and birth to age eight language and literacy development. For more information on the Innovation Fund, visit the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement website.