Innovation Fund

The redefinED Innovation Fund: Pandemic Education & Restart

The redefinED Innovation Fund: Pandemic Education & Restart is a 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.

The application for the redefinED Innovation Fund: Pandemic Education & Restart is closed as of Friday, January 29, 2021.

Key Info:

  • The grant was 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 could 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 operated on a rolling basis beginning October 14, 2021, and remained open until funds were depleted.
  • Applicants were required to 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 closed as of Friday, January 29, 2021.

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. Be sure to indicate which communities you will serve, and be specific (name the cluster(s), school(s), or neighborhood(s). If you are serving students citywide, express how you are serving those that are furthest away from opportunity.
  • Aligned: Aligns with at least one of the 10 Leaps for Equitable, 21st Century Learning. Be sure to express why your proposal is important right now.
  • 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. Be sure to acknowledge any barriers and how you intend to address the barriers.
  • 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?)

Questions? Contact us.

Webinar Recordings:
November 9, 2020: Webinar for Schools

December 1, 2020: Webinar for Non-Profit Organizations