Support for Teachers

This Grants in Place-funded Illinois student-driven soil investigation project is a wonderful example of the community-based work being done by our grant recipients and their students.

Support for Teachers

Rural teachers and their students have the power to change communities through place-based education.

The Rural Schools Collaborative’s Grants in Place program is a modest grant program that encourages rural school district teachers across the country to engage their students in place-based learning. We believe that place-based education gives meaning to learning, strengthens the bonds between school and community, and instills pride in the cultures and histories of rural places and small towns.

Grants in Place awards are presented to teachers whose projects focus on the basic tenets of place-based education: teaching and learning that is embedded in community with a public purpose. Any rural public school classroom teacher in the United States may apply.

  • Teachers outside of the Missouri Ozarks region should apply for a 2017-18 Grants in Place award by completing our application instructions. The deadline for these applications is April 15, 2017.
  • Missouri Ozarks area applicants should apply through the Rural Schools Partnership application. Please note that the deadline for Missouri Ozarks area applicants is March 15, 2017!
  • You can learn more about previously funded projects on our Grants in Place page.
Check out our grant recipients and their projects from 2015 and 2016!

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Grant Update: Rural classroom teachers in the Missouri Ozarks can now apply for the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Place-Based Education Grantmaking Program of Commerce Trust, which is a program of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Rural Schools Partnership. The deadline is March 15, 2017. Apply Here!