Innovation Fund

The redefinED Innovation Fund: Pandemic Education & Restart

The redefinED Innovation Fund: Pandemic Education & Restart is a new grant opportunity intended to support the Atlanta education community by addressing immediate needs created by the pandemic and advancing innovative ideas that reimagine education for the future.

Key Info:

  • The grant will be open to Atlanta Public Schools and nonprofit organizations that serve students/families within the city of Atlanta. 
  • Individuals and unincorporated groups interested in the fund can also apply for the funding in partnership with an Atlanta Public School (Note: The application should be submitted through the school application link below.)
  • The redefinED Innovation Fund will operate on a rolling basis and remain open for the 2020-21 school year or until funds have been depleted.
  • Applicants should align their proposal to one or more of Transcend Education’s 10 Leaps for Equitable, 21st-Century Learning.
  • General guidelines are listed below under proposal requirements. 
  • The application is now open and available below.

Application Criteria:

Applicants must aim to support students within Atlanta Public Schools or a state public school with a majority of its students coming from the City of Atlanta. Applicants must be either a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a public school with a majority of its students coming from the City of Atlanta.

Grant Tiers:

There are four tiers to the redefinED Innovation Fund:

  • Proposals of $2,500 and less: These proposals should have a class-level impact (i.e., at least 10 students should be positively impacted).
  • Proposals of $2,501 – $5,000: These proposals should have a grade-level impact (i.e., at least 50 students should be positively impacted).
  • Proposals of $5,001 – $10,000: These proposals should have a school-level impact (i.e., at least 250 students should be positively impacted).
  • Proposals of $10,001 – $15,000: These proposals should have a multi-school or cluster-level impact (i.e., at least 1,000 students should be positively impacted).

Proposal Requirements:

  • Equitable: Seeks to advance equity by focusing on students’ furthest from opportunity.
  • Aligned: Aligns with at least one of the 10 Leaps for Equitable, 21st Century Learning.
  • Achievable: States the outcomes the proposal seeks to achieve and describes a path for it to be implemented in the near term with the necessary support and capacity to be executed well.
  • Systemic: Represents a transformation or practice that will endure and evolve. 
    • For grants over $10,000, the applicant will also need to show how the proposal will go beyond the 2020-21 school year and be incorporated into the fundamental approach of the school or district.
  • Scalability (for grants over $2,500): What is the scalability of the proposal? (i.e., Can this be something that could be expanded if successful to serve more schools, students, or families?)

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