Seed Fund Overview
Seed Fund was established in 2013 using $7.8 million appropriated by the Georgia
State Legislature to support the Fulton County charter system.
The Seed Fund's mission is to empower Fulton County schools to create
unique solutions, tailored to the needs of their communities, which result in
improved outcomes for students.
Beginning in February 2014, one-year grants will be awarded directly to
schools to support local innovations through a structured application process.
Over the next three years, ~$2 million will be awarded to each of the District's
Applications for Seed Funds will be reviewed by a team of Fulton
Education Foundation board members. Fulton County Schools is honored to partner
with the Fulton Education Foundation on the Seed Fund and is grateful
for the Foundation's stewardship of this exciting new process.
The Seed Fund review team, comprised of five Fulton Education Foundation Board Members, recommended funding 27 applications from 19 schools, for a total of $2,648,357. These funds will be included in the schools' FY2015 Fulton County Schools budget and will be available to be spent beginning July 1, 2014, pending Fulton County Schools Board of Education approval of the District's FY 2015 budget. For a detailed list of funded projects, please access the List of FY 2015 Funded Projects in the Resources box to the right.
Thank you to all who participated in the first year of the Seed Fund!
Review Team Members
Peter Herbert: Seed Fund Committee Chair; Principal, North Highland Worldwide Consulting
Donny Merritt – District Service Manager, Rush Truck Centers
Mike Collins –Principal, Cooper, Carusi Architects, Inc.
Walt Bryant – President, eBryIT
Rodney Turner – President & CEO, Layer3 Communications
right you will find links to a number of resources designed to help your School
Governance Council manage the Seed Fund application process. A description of
each resource is included below.
Seed Fund Presentation for School Governance Councils: the
presentation shared with SGCs at the Cross-Council meetings that provides an
overview of the Seed Fund and the application process
Seed Fund Selection Criteria: a document stating the criteria by
which applications will be evaluated
Seed Fund Rater Rubric: a document outlining how the applications
will be scored by the review team.
List of FY 2015 Funded Projects: a document detailing FY 2015 funded projects by school.
Fund Guidance: a document which addresses guidelines for Seed Fund
expenditures, and compliance with District policies including procurement and