Innovation Fund Foundation Grant Opportunities
COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Program
The Innovation Fund Foundation, in partnership with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education, is now accepting applications for the COVID-19 Response Fund grant program.
The COVID-19 Response Fund (CRF) provides traditional public schools, charter schools, and school districts up to $10,000 to mitigate the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the following areas: school meals, distance/remote learning services and software, facilities/equipment, mental health services, supplemental learning services, professional learning, and services for at-risk student populations.
The CRF is made possible through a partnership between the Georgia Foundation for Public Education (GFPE) and the Innovation Fund Foundation (IFF). The GFPE supports educational excellence for all of Georgia’s K-12 students. Primary funding comes from Support Education/Educator license plates and private donations. The IFF invests in innovative partnerships and initiatives to ignite student achievement. Primary funding comes from the Qualified Education Donation Tax Credit.
COVID-19 Response Fund Timeline
CRF Application Open
|CRF Application Due||Applications Reviewed & Announced By|
|April 15, 2020||April 30, 2020; 5:00 P.M.||Mid-May|
You are eligible to apply for a COVID-19 Response Fund grant if:
You are a school administrator*, principal, or instructional coach* at a charter school or traditional public school in the state of Georgia;
You are a K-12 teacher at a Georgia charter school or traditional public school who has been teaching for at least three years*; or
You are another type of leadership-level administrator in a Georgia LEA.
In addition, schools identified on the Turnaround Eligible Schools List and school districts located in a low-wealth counties in Georgia will receive priority points on their application will receive priority points on their application.
*Please note that all teacher, school administrator, and instructional coach applicants must submit a signed Principal Certification Form as part of their application.
The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide Georgia schools and school districts up to $10,000 over one year to implement programs that mitigate the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the following areas:
School Meals. Offset costs due to serving school meals (not covered through USDA reimbursements). Cover additional personnel (‘hazard pay’, hours, etc.) or logistical costs (transportation, etc.)
Distance/Remote Learning. Cover costs of devices, connectivity (hot spots, wireless, internet service, etc.), printing/preparing learning packets, instructional resources/tools, and other technology costs (hardware, software, assistive technology, outfitting buildings/buses with WiFi, online learning platforms, subscriptions, etc.).
Facilities/Equipment. Cover costs of sanitizing/disinfecting buildings, additional personnel costs (‘hazard pay’, hours, etc.), and equipment (gloves, masks, PPE, cleaning supplies, etc.).
Mental health. Cover the costs of counseling and therapeutic services and supports (contracted hours, professional learning, programs, etc.)
Supplemental Learning. Cover costs of extended learning, remediation, and/or enrichment opportunities for students (summer learning, afterschool programs, additional pay for teachers and staff, extended schedules, etc.)
Professional Learning. Cover costs of additional professional learning for school leaders, teachers, and staff (trainings, extended professional learning days, consultants, programs, etc.).
At-risk Student Populations. Cover costs of specific activities, services, supports, programs, and/or targeted interventions directly addressing the needs of low-income, students with disabilities, English Learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.
To participate in the Rural Innovation Fund, please follow the steps below:
Read the COVID-19 Response Fund Guidelines thoroughly.
Complete an application using the COVID-19 Response Fund Application Site on FormSite.
Submit your application online by April 30, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.
If you have any questions, please contact:
|Jaclyn Colona||Paige Pushkin|
|Executive Director, IFF||Executive Director, GFPE|