GOSA, along with the Innovation Fund Foundation (IFF), today announced six Community Partnership Grant award winners.  The Community Partnership Grant is a competitive grant program that provides funding to school districts, traditional public or charter schools, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to support students’ academic and nonacademic needs.

Community Partnership grants will provide each winner between $35,000 to $75,000 over one to two years to partner with schools, districts, and community, state, or national organizations to implement programs aligned with one of the IFF priority areas, including: coordinated community services, positive learning climate, elementary mathematics, and birth to age eight language and literacy development.  Each grantee will evaluate its program’s effectiveness and submit its findings to GOSA and the IFF.  The state will use these findings to showcase best practices in all four priority areas.

Funding for Community Partnership Grants is made available through donations to the Qualified Education Donation Tax Credit, pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 48-7-29.21.  This tax credit allows individuals and corporations to donate to the IFF and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit (not just a deduction) on their state income taxes, subject to availability. The IFF can receive up to $5 million annually and will use these funds for grant programs, like the Community Partnership Grant, that improve student achievement.

The grant award winners and their respective programs are listed below:

Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA - Washington County Club
GREAT Readers - Washington County Club
Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy

Brooks Coleman Middle School
Coleman Biosphere
Coordinated Community Services

Coffee County School District
Why Try: Reducing Recidivism Rates in an Alternative Education Setting by Increasing Wrap-Around Services
Coordinated Community Services

Dublin City School District
Language as a Missing Link for Grade Level Reading Outcomes
Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy

Haven Elementary School
Gratifying Problem-Solving (GPS): Cultivating Learning Communities to Improve the Problem-Solving Skills of Turnaround Elementary School Mathematics Teachers and their Students
Elementary Mathematics Teaching and Learning

Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership
Reach Out Roan
Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy

Click here to read summaries of the winning proposals.

About the Innovation Fund Foundation

The Innovation Fund Foundation (IFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was developed to complement the work of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) in supporting innovative education programs. The IFF is committed to improving student achievement in Georgia by funding innovative partnerships to redesign public education. The Foundation envisions that Georgia will be known as the state where innovators partner and invest to transform the educational experience so that all students have the opportunity to thrive as engaged citizens.