Deal announces Innovation Fund Tiny Grant award winners

June 29, 2017

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

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.