Apply now for a Grants in Place award. Awards fund projects that engage rural students in place-based learning, like this local foods cooking project in South Dakota.

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We are pleased to announce our 2018-1019 Grants in Place Program

RSC Regional Hubs & Partner locations

March 12, 2018

The Rural Schools Collaborative’s Grants in Place program provides modest grant awards to rural school teachers who engage their students in place-based learning.

Our 2018-19 Grants in Place program is offered through our regional Hubs and select organizational partners. Unless otherwise noted, applications will be accepted from March 12, 2018 through April 23, 2018. Grants will be awarded to projects that will take place in the 2018-19 school year.


Find your region below! Applications links, where appropriate, can be found in the regional description.

  • Answer all the application questions, completely.
  • Provide an adequate description of the project in 300 words or less.
  • Local matching support is viewed favorably.
  • Describe how the funds will be used in the project.
  • Project must include some level of community engagement.
  • The project must address a curricular outcome.
  • The project should be student-driven.
  • Describe what tangible public outcome will be achieved.
  • Typical awards range from $500-$1000.

Grants in Place Award Eligible Regions: 2018-19

Alabama: Black Belt Region

This year’s program will focus on Alabama’s Black Belt region in partnership with The University of West Alabama. Rural teachers from the following counties are eligible: Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, and Wilcox. Please note that Alabama recipients will be expected to attend one day of the University of West Alabama's Digging into Rural Traditions Conference, which will be held September 17-18 in Livingston. The Rural Schools Collaborative will work with districts on substitute teacher fees. We anticipate awarding three to five grants.



The Rural Schools Collaborative is proud to support the Rural Community Alliance's "community grants" program. Application deadlines will be announced at a future date.

Northern California

Rural classroom teachers from Shasta, Tehama, Modoc, Trinity and Siskiyou counties are eligible to apply. We anticipate awarding two to three grants in this region. Funding is provided by North State Together and the Rural Schools Collaborative.


Central Illinois

We are pleased to partner with the Central Illinois Rural Schools Partnership. Rural classroom teachers from central Illinois are eligible to apply. We anticipate awarding two to three grants in this region.


Western Illinois

Place-based support for educators in this region is being coordinated by our Hub partner, the Galesburg Community Foundation. We are not accepting applications at this time.


We are pleased to partner with the West Central Initiative. WCI is a regional community foundation that serves nine counties in west central Minnesota: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. Classroom teachers from these nine counties are eligible to apply. We anticipate funding 8-12 projects.


Missouri Ozarks

Applications for the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Place-Based Education Grantmaking Program of Commerce Trust will be accepted until March 15. The program is limited to public school teachers from the Missouri Ozarks.

New Hampshire

Rural classroom teachers from New Hampshire are eligible to apply. We anticipate awarding two to three modest grants in collaboration with our New England Hub partners, the Rural Educational Leaders Network and Plymouth State University.



The Rural Schools Collaborative is supporting its Hub partner, the Ohio Small Rural Collaborative, on a place-centered project. We are not accepting Ohio applications at this time.

North Dakota

Rural teachers from North Dakota are eligibile to apply. We anticipate awarding two to three modest grants in collaboration with our partners, the North Dakota Small Organized Schools.


Northern Rockies

Classroom teachers from our Hub partner Teton Science Schools' Place Network Schools are eligible to apply. This includes Notus Elementary School, Swan Valley Elementary School District, Meadows Valley School District, Journeys School, and Teton Valley Community School. We anticipate funding two to three projects.


South Dakota

Our Grants in Place partner, Dakota Resources, is proud to announce this year’s Growing Together Better program! Funding for these South Dakota programs is provided by Dakota Resources, Jim Beddow and Mike Knutson with matching support from the Rural Schools Collaborative. We anticipate funding five projects. Teachers from rural South Dakota Schools can apply here.

Southern Wisconsin

The Rural Schools Collaborative is working with American Family Insurance’s Dreams Foundation and Cambridge Farm to School on selected place-based projects. We are not accepting applications at this time

We invite you to check out our 2017-18 recipients, here, and review the work of earlier grant recipients from 2015 and 2016!

Learn about more ways to get involved with the Rural Schools Collaborative community or contact us today at with questions about this year's Grants in Place effort.

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