Grants in Place

Our Grants in Place program supports innovative place-based education projects in conjunction with our regional Hubs and select organizational partners.

Grants in Place

Support for Innovative Teachers

Since 2015 the Rural Schools Collaborative’s Grants in Place program has provided modest grant awards to rural school teachers for exemplary place-based learning projects.


You are invited to apply for our 2019 National Signature Project Award, offered in collaboration with the National Rural Education Association. The application deadline is April 15, 2019. Learn more!

The Rural Schools Collaborative board of directors and staff are currently re-designing the Grants in Place program. Typically, we have asked for grant applications in the spring, but in 2019 we will be announcing a new program format in late summer. Stay tuned!

Since 2015 the Rural Schools Collaborative and its regional partners have awarded more than $400,000 to rural classroom teachers in support of innovative place-based projects. We invite you to check out our roster of Grants in Place projects:


Our slideshow below highlights the work of several previous Grants in Place recipients:

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

Alabama Grants in Place recipients, 2018-19

Alabama Grants in Place recipients, 2018-19

Award winners Cody Brown, Monette Harrision, Warren Truitt, and Brittany Williams presented at the University of West Alabama's DIRT Conference.

Cambridge (WI) Farm to School, 2018-19

Cambridge (WI) Farm to School, 2018-19

This Grants in Place project built capacity for an exemplary Farm to School program, fully integrated into Cambridge Elementary School.

Meadows Valley School, Idaho, 2018-19

Meadows Valley School, Idaho, 2018-19

Students pose for picture as they build their Tiny Home for their community!