The Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund invests in schools and school districts that are planning, implementing and scaling radically innovative programs that address our most significant education challenges. The Innovation Fund began as a $19.4 million fund created under Georgia’s Race to the Top (RT3) plan. To continue the Innovation Fund’s work beyond RT3, Governor Deal appropriated state funding in Fiscal Years (FY) 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Since its inception, the Innovation Fund has provided grants to school districts, charter schools, postsecondary institutions, and nonprofit organizations to support innovative work in the following priority areas:

  • Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics);

  • Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy;

  • Blended and Personalized Learning; and

  • Teacher and Leader Development for High Need Schools.

The Innovation Fund Foundation will provide support beyond the state-appropriated dollars for fueling innovation throughout Georgia’s schools.

To learn more about the Innovation Fund, including a list of the grants awarded, please visit