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Rural Schools Collaborative Announces Grants In Place Program

April 09, 2015

New Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC) Launches Inaugural Grants in Place Program for Rural Classroom Teachers

Cambridge, WI, April 6, 2015—RSC’s Grants in Place program will provide funding for at least twenty innovative place-based education projects. All grade levels (K-12) are eligible, and applications must include full-time faculty members from rural public schools.* Projects or learning activities from all content areas will be considered, but interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. The application deadline is May 15, 2015, and RSC will fund projects for the 2015-16 school year.

Grants in Place proposals should feature the basic tenets of place-based education:

  • Learning that addresses a community problem or issue;
  • Activities that engage students in a community’s history, environment, economy, or culture;
  • Projects that reach out to or include different groups in the community;
  • Student work that has a public impact.

The Grants in Place application process is simple. Applicants submit via email a concept letter not to exceed 250 words. This letter should include the following:

  • Name, position, school, and community
  • All pertinent contact information
  • Name of building administrator with contact information
  • Brief description of your project—include community issue or problem
  • The role students will play in the project
  • How community members will be involved
  • A succinct project budget

Applications may include more than one classroom and/or teacher collaborations. Still, one teacher must serve as the project contact. Multi-age projects are welcomed.

Grant requests should not exceed $1,000, and matching funds or in-kind support will be viewed favorably. RSC reserves the right to schedule a brief conference call with applicants about their project proposals as part of the decision-making process.

Please submit Grants in Place concept letters or send related questions to info@ruralschoolscollaborative.org. AGAIN, THE DEADLINE IS MAY 15, 2015.

Grants in Place is made possible by funding support from the John and Mary Cooper Charitable Fund, Rural Conservation Fund, and the South Dakota Innovation Lab.

*If you are uncertain on whether or not your school is considered rural, contact RSC via email.

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