Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellows Program

June 1, 2022 |
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Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellows Program funds projects that engage rural students in place-based learning, like this Pollinator Garden, which supported students and the community of Coloma Elementary School. 2021-22 Fellow, Abigail Parker, created this pollinator garden with her Kindergarten students as her place-based education project.

2022-23 Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellows Program is now accepting applications! Applications are due by October 14, 2022.

Apply today!

The Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellows program is offered in conjunction with our Regional Hub partners. Grants will be awarded to projects that will take place in the current school year.

Eligibility for this grant is extended to rural classroom teachers who teach in school districts that are located in one of the Rural Schools Collaborative's fourteen regional Hub areas. For more information on RSC Hubs, visit this link.

Rural classroom teachers from the following states and areas are eligible for the program: Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri Ozarks, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the Appalachian regions of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Previous Grants in Place Fellows are not eligible for this year's program.

Each Godsil Fellow will receive a total award of up to $2,000 to carry out a place-based education project over the 2022-23 school year. Each Fellow will also be gifted an honorarium after their participation in the Celebration of Learning. The honorarium is given for their dedication to their students and community.

The Fellows Celebration of Learning is a required aspect of the program, and will be held virtually for the next Fellows' class on June 2, 2023. All are welcome to attend!

The Rural Schools Collaborative values the benefits of a diverse teaching force, and we encourage teachers who come from under-represented backgrounds in teaching to apply.

If you have a question regarding your school's eligibility for the program, please email info@ruralschoolscollaborative.org. (Please note that our National Signature Project Award, offered in the spring in partnership with the National Rural Education Association, is open to ALL rural classroom teachers throughout the United States)


Thank you!

The Grants in Place program is funded through the generous support from Celia and Mark Godsil in honor of Celia's career as a public school teacher and their belief in the importance of classroom teachers to rural communities. Celia and Mark reside in Abingdon, Illinois.

We invite you to check out 2021-22 Fellow's Grants in Place projects here.

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

The Rural Schools Collaborative would like to thank our 2022-23 Grants in Place Selection Committee for their support of this project.

Tammy La Prad (Committee Chair, Monmouth College); Nate McClennen (Wyoming); Celia Godsil (Knox County, IL); Leslie Cook (Wyoming); Jeremy Eltz (Indiana)

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