UPDATE: MARCH 31, 2020

In response to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia Foundation for Public Education and the Innovation Fund Foundation are discontinuing the Rural Innovation Fund grant opportunity. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we believe it is in the best interest of educators and students throughout the state to refocus our efforts at this time. Please be on the lookout for more information about how the partnership will refocus the fund in response to the public health emergency.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jaclyn Colona Paige Pushkin
Executive Director, IFF Executive Director, GFPE
404.904.5514 404.656.5594



The Innovation Fund Foundation Announces the
Launch of the Rural Innovation Fund

Applications will be accepted from March 1 through March 31


The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) announces the opening of the Rural Innovation Fund. In partnership with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education (GFPE), the Rural Innovation Fund (RIF) will provide traditional public schools, charter schools, and school districts up to $10,000 to implement innovative projects that deeply engage students, parents, and/or teachers.

An “innovative project” is defined as an initiative that solves an existing problem in an inventive way and that has the potential to have a large and lasting impact on the academic environment.

The purpose of the Innovation Fund Foundation, Inc. is to support the work of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. The IFF provides financial support for innovation to schools, school districts, and 501(c)3 organizations primarily through donations to the Qualified Education Donation Tax Credit.

The GFPE is the foundation of the Georgia Department of Education. GFPE supports educational excellence for Georgia’s K-12 students through primary funding from the Educator license plates and private donations.

Eligibility Requirements include: a county population of no more than 35,000, along with other requirements for the application process.

More information on the Rural Innovation Fund can be found here: https://www.iffga.org/rif


Jaclyn Colona
Executive Director, Innovation Fund Foundation

Paige Pushkin
Executive Director, Georgia Foundation for Public Education


Malenka Warner
GOSA Communications Director

Meghan Frick
GaDOE Director of Communications