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Innovation Fund Tiny Grant

Grants to Georgia Schools and School Districts
for Innovative Educational Projects

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA)

Deadline Date:

05/01/18

Description:

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 to Georgia public schools, charter schools, and school districts for innovative educational projects that engage students. Priority areas include STEM and arts education, blended learning school models, and language and literacy development. Innovative projects are those that solve an existing problem in an inventive way and have the potential to have a large and lasting impact on the academic environment.

Tiny Grants provide eligible organizations the ability to implement projects that directly engage students and have the potential to positively impact student achievement. Please note that the project should take a new and inventive approach to solve an existing need at your school. In addition, projects must align with one of three Innovation Fund priority areas:

-Applied learning with a focus on STE(A)M (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education;
-Blended and personalized learning; and
-Birth to age eight language and literacy development.

Allowable Budget Items:
-Travel for student and chaperone travel (transportation, entrance fees) to and from field trips relevant to the grant.
-Equipment for activities directly related to the grant, such as lab equipment or computing devices.
-Supplies for activities directly related to the grant, such as binders, notebooks, pens or pencils, post-it notes, chart paper, tablets or other supplies for students involved in grant activities.
-Other items directly related to the grant may include software programs or

Some examples of innovative projects that align with one of the priority areas include, but are not limited to:
-Creating a hands-on robotics lab to engage special education students in STEAM instruction;
-Accelerating advanced students through a blended learning program that allows them to conduct research under the supervision of college professors;
-Creating an afterschool language and literacy lab for ELL students and their parents.

Tiny Grants will allow grantees the opportunity to pilot small-scale, ground-breaking ideas with the potential to positively impact student achievement. The idea is simple – a small investment, less risk, and the opportunity to implement truly innovative ideas.

Definitions:

Proposals in the Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM priority area will:
-Provide students with a rigorous curriculum that seamlessly and authentically integrates science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics;
-Provide opportunities for students to apply classroom content to authentic, real-world (personal, home, career, community, society) experiences. These opportunities should be a part of a rigorous academic curriculum, not just “fun” projects; and
-Build students’ 21st Century Skills, including but not limited to: critical thinking, problem solving, grit, collaboration and communication.

STEAM Education is defined as an integrated curriculum (as opposed to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics taught in isolation) that is driven by problem solving, discovery, exploratory project/problem-based learning, and student-centered development of ideas and solutions. (Definition from the Georgia Department of Education)

Proposals in the Blended and Personalized Learning priority area will:
-Provide students with agency over the place, path, and pace of their learning;
-Where appropriate, use online learning to allow for student agency over the pace, path, and pace of their learning;
-Allow students to progress based on mastery of content, rather than a pre-determined timeline;
-Appropriately differentiate instruction for all types and levels of learners; and
-Utilize rigorous learning experiences that appropriately challenge students.

Proposals in the Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy priority area will:
-Provide children, birth to age eight, with access to language-rich child and adult interactions both inside and outside of school; and
-Provide children with rigorous, evidence-based instruction aimed to ensure that, by 3rd grade, students are active consumers and critical thinkers of written texts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182703

Estimated Size of Grant:

Tiny Grants provide between $1,000 and $7,000.

Term of Contract:

Tiny Grant recipients have up to two years from the grant award date to use their funds. The purpose for this timeline is to give grantees adequate time to implement their programs regardless of the cycle they were awarded. However, grantees do not have to use the whole two years to complete their scope of work. The project is considered complete when grantees complete their scope of work.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tiny Grants are made to traditional public schools, charter schools, and school districts.

You are eligible to participate in the Tiny Grant Program 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.

*Please note that all teacher and instructional coach applicants must submit a signed Principal Certification Form as part of their application.

Unallowable Budget Items:
-Personnel including stipends, contract work, salaries, and wages.
-Personnel benefits
-Building construction
-Other items include any expense that does not directly support students directly involved in grant activities (i.e., conference registration and travel for teachers, teacher training, in-person support services for software programs).

Tiny Grants will not fund projects that do not directly involve students. Some examples of non-fundable projects and items include, but are not limited to:
-Professional development for teachers in applied STEAM education;
-Constructing a building to house a computer lab;
-Purchasing iPads for teachers to track student progress; or
-Providing salaries or stipends for personnel involved in the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

GOSA will accept Tiny Grant applications on a rolling-basis and review applications three times throughout the year. Please see the table below for application review dates.

Deadlines:
-September 1, 2017 for review by Late September
-January 15, 2018 for review by Mid February
-May 1, 2018 for review by Late May

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application Form:
https://fs3.formsite.com/GOSAGHP/form37/index.html

Jaclyn Colona, Innovation Fund Specialist
404.904.5514
jaclyn.colona@ georgia.gov

Rebecca Ellis, Program Manager, Innovation Fund
(404) 596-3651
rellis@georgia.gov

Governor’s Office of Student Achievement
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
952 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

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USA: Georgia