Learning Innovation Fund
A Place For Every Learner
The Learning Innovation Fund is the grantmaking arm of Getting Smart Collective that makes innovation investments to ensure equity and access for every learner.
The Fund’s first grant program, A Big Push for Small Schools, is a multi-year initiative aimed at catalyzing innovation and growth in microschool models. These small schools, rooted in a historical tradition of cooperative and small-scale learning, are envisioned to become diverse, sustainable, and impactful alternatives within the educational landscape. The grant program focuses on promoting quality, equity, and accessibility by fostering a network of microschool leaders, providing technical assistance, and offering grants to propel the development of these innovative learning environments. Funding is provided by the Walton Family Foundation. Check out the announcement of our first cohort or learn more about them below.
About the Cohort
In addition to grantmaking, this project will also include knowledge creation, research, and community engagement. Through compelling storytelling, case studies, and community conversations, the campaign aims to amplify awareness of microschools’ potential, while also developing practical tools and resources for prospective school developers. A dedicated Community of Practice will also provide a platform for microschool leaders to collaborate, problem-solve and share insights. For more information on microschools, visit the Getting Smart microschool series page.
Upcoming Opportunities: Cohort 2
For those who missed this round, don’t worry! Our next grant cycle for the 2024-25 school year will open in the spring of 2024. Keep an eye on our website for updates and details and feel free to read the section below to find out more about the grants.
Have Questions? Visit our FAQ
If you have any questions in the meantime, please visit our FAQ section. We’ve compiled a list of common queries to provide you with quick answers. Thank you again for your interest and dedication to innovation in education.