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Tamms, Illinois students practice environmental stewardship on the Ohio River.

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GRANTS IN PLACE GALLERY: Keep Up with our Place-Based Projects

September 21, 2015

The inaugural 2015 Rural Schools Collaborative’s Grants in Place program funded 35 innovative place-based education projects from seven different states. The funded projects are as diverse as the students they will engage, and they touch all grade levels. From a music-centered diversity project in South Dakota to a two-community student film festival in Missouri to a rural authors project in Nebraska, the winning applications feature the very best in teacher creativity.

Throughout the year we will highlight the work of students and teachers and how, together, they will impact their respective communities. Authentic place-based education respects the bonds between school and community, and this is a common thread of our Grants in Place efforts.

What started as a $10,000 pilot-project commitment grew to more than $30,000 in total funding. We want to thank the following organizations and individuals who supported the Grants in Place program with their generous contributions: John and Mary Cooper Charitable Fund, Rural Conservation Fund, Carol Silvey, Rural Community Alliance, Brent and Jeannie Glover, Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools, Jay and Nicole Spoonhour, Rand and Molly Chappell, Eastern Illinois University Men’s Basketball, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Galesburg Community Foundation, Steve and Laurie Struss, Leadership South Dakota, and the South Dakota Innovation Lab.

We believe rural communities benefit when education, advocacy, and philanthropy come together in meaningful ways. The quality of our first Grants in Place recipients only strengthens this conviction.

Below are the grant recipients and links to the latest on their collective works:

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