Grants in Place

The RSC Grants in Place program has provided meaningful learning experiences for students across the country, all rooted in rural place.

Grants in Place

Support for Innovative 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 program that encourages rural school teachers to engage their students in place-based learning. Any rural public school classroom teacher in the United States may apply for a Grants in Place award. If you are uncertain on your status as "rural," please contact us with your questions!

*Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for our 2017-18 grant round. You can check out our 2017-18 recipients, here!

Check out our grant recipients and their projects from 2015 and 2016!

Learn about more ways to Get Involved with the Rural Schools Collaborative community or contact us today at info@ruralschoolscollaborative.org

Our slideshow below highlights some of our Grants in Place projects across the country!

West Plains, MO, 2015-16

West Plains, MO, 2015-16

Community service project

Dermott, Arkansas, 2015-16

Dermott, Arkansas, 2015-16

Student-led community service

Emerson, Nebraska, 2015-16

Emerson, Nebraska, 2015-16

Rural literature project

Elwood, Illinois, 2015-16

Elwood, Illinois, 2015-16

Weather station and outdoor classroom

Ava, Missouri, 2015-16

Ava, Missouri, 2015-16

School mural project

Fox, Arkansas, 2015-16

Fox, Arkansas, 2015-16

Regional geography project

Charleston, Illinois, 2015

Charleston, Illinois, 2015

Middle School Veteran's Day Project

Kirby, Arkansas, 2015-16

Kirby, Arkansas, 2015-16

Local lake clean-up project

Mountain Grove & Ava, Missouri, 2015-16

Mountain Grove & Ava, Missouri, 2015-16

Student Film Festival

Mazon, Illinois, 2015-16

Mazon, Illinois, 2015-16

Community energy audits for elders

Willow Springs, Missouri, 2015-16

Willow Springs, Missouri, 2015-16

Science, literature and elders integrated project

Everton, Arkansas, 2015-16

Everton, Arkansas, 2015-16

Stream investigation and community report

Powell Butte, Oregon, 2016-17

Powell Butte, Oregon, 2016-17

School garden and public art project

Edgerton, Wisonsin, 2016

Edgerton, Wisonsin, 2016

Student-driven literature festival

Koshkonong, Missouri, 2017

Koshkonong, Missouri, 2017

School-based printmaking business--student entrepreneurship!

Winterboro, Alabama, 2016-17

Winterboro, Alabama, 2016-17

Student-led STEAM activities that engage the community.

Jefferson County, Alabama, 2016-17

Jefferson County, Alabama, 2016-17

Fourth grade school gardening project

Missouri Ozarks, Aurora, 2015-16

Missouri Ozarks, Aurora, 2015-16

The exemplary Placeworks programs support public art projects in Ozarks' rural schools.

Worcester Central School, New York, 2016-17

Worcester Central School, New York, 2016-17

Elementary students work on assembling greenhouse for STEM garden.

Charleston, Illinois, 2016-17

Charleston, Illinois, 2016-17

Let's Get Dirty! Students conduct soil quality investigation.

Mattoon, Illinois, 2016-17

Mattoon, Illinois, 2016-17

Comprehensive intergenerational programs brings elders and students together.

Dermott, Arkansas

Dermott, Arkansas

Grant award for parent engagement workshop

Koshkonong, Missouri 2016-17

Koshkonong, Missouri 2016-17

Grow Your Own--high school sustainable agriculture project

State of South Dakota, 2017

State of South Dakota, 2017

Growing Together Better, in partnership with Dakota Resources

Sparkman Middle School, Alabama 2016-17

Sparkman Middle School, Alabama 2016-17

Student-led community communications project

Lake Park Audubon, Minnesota 2017-18

Lake Park Audubon, Minnesota 2017-18

Local students embrace their town's namesake

McIntosh High School, South Dakota 2017-18

McIntosh High School, South Dakota 2017-18

Cullinary students teach their community how to eat healthy and locally

Eureka Schools and Eureka Community Development, South Dakota 2017-18

Eureka Schools and Eureka Community Development, South Dakota 2017-18

Students develop multimedia materials to promote their community

Searcy County Library, Arkansas 2017

Searcy County Library, Arkansas 2017

Local library partners with schools in site-based literacy program

Minnewaska Area Schools, Minnesota 2017-18

Minnewaska Area Schools, Minnesota 2017-18

School Makerspace project builds Little Free LIbraries for community