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Application open for third round of Rural Education Fund grants

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Apply for a Rural Education Fund grant

APPLICANT CONTACT: Paige Pushkin, GFPE Executive Director,

MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office, 404-416-2286, (please follow calls with a text message if possible)

July 1, 2020 – For the third year, the Georgia Foundation for Public Education (GFPE), the foundation of the Georgia Department of Education, is providing Rural Education Fund grants to help rural schools and districts meet their students' needs.

A limited number of grants of up to $5,000 each are available, and any public school or school district located in a Georgia county with a population of 35,000 or less is eligible to apply. All applicants must propose a project that would solve a current challenge within the school or district and would lead to positive student outcomes. 

“We know that rural schools and districts face unique resource gaps, which have only intensified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic," GFPE Executive Director Paige Pushkin said. “The Rural Education Fund allows schools and districts in rural communities to access targeted funds to address their students' needs." 

In previous years, Rural Education Fund grants have been used to expand arts education, provide computer science instruction, build an urban garden, and more.

To apply for a Rural Education Fund grant, visit the link at the top of this press release. Applications are due by midnight July 14 and recipients will be notified by mid-August. 

About the Georgia Foundation for Public Education
The Georgia Foundation for Public Education (GFPE) exists for the single purpose of supporting educational excellence for students in Georgia. We provide simple ways for donors to impactfully serve students in Georgia's K-12 system – by investing in a current GFPE project or working with GFPE to fund their vision. Together, we're creating a better future for the 1.7 million students in Georgia's public schools. Learn more at