National Signature Project Award

July 1, 2023 |
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The National Signature Project Award is a joint initiative of Rural Schools Collaborative and the National Rural Education Association.

The application for the 2024-25 National Signature Project Award will open in March 2024! Check back soon for updates.

The National Rural Education Association and Rural Schools Collaborative are proud partners of the the National Signature Project Award. Each year NREA and RSC provide a $2,500 grant to an outstanding and innovative classroom project that exemplifies the very best in place-based education. In addition to the signature award, NREA and RSC also award two runner-up educators $1,500 each to carry out a place-based education project. The National Signature Project Award is open to any rural classroom teacher in the United States.

In addition to the maximum award of $2,500, Rural Schools Collaborative and National Rural Education Association will compensate the awardees' travel and registration fees for attendance to the annual National Forum to Advance Rural Education.

Teachers currently working in a rural school district will be considered for this grant opportunity. Rural schools are defined as non-urban, non-metro, or fall under one of six categories of the National Center for Educational Statistics classification (you can confirm that your school is eligible by checking your Locale Number to match 31, 32, 33, 41, 42, or 43).

Thank you to the National Rural Education Association for co-sponsoring this program. NREA is the nation's oldest rural education organization, and we are honored to partner with them in this effort.

    Meet the 2023-24 National Signature Project Recipients

    Rural Schools Collaborative and the National Rural Education Association are proud to announce the three National Signature Project Award recipients for the 2023-24 school year. Kim McCully-Mobley of Aurora, Missouri, presented as the 2023-24 National Signature Project Award recipient for her place-based project, "All Roads Lead Home Veterans Honor Garden." RSC and NREA are also proud to announced our runner-ups for the 2023-24 National Signature Project Award! Our NSPA runner-ups are Will Miller, of rural Massachusetts, and Carrie Guillaume, of rural Indiana. Will Miller will be leading his place-based education project, "Developing a Sustainable Maple Syrup Production System" and Carrie's awarded project is, "Feeding our Community."

    After funding three incredible projects last year, RSC and the NREA are thrilled to again award two additional rural teachers with $1,500 toward their individual place-based education projects.

    2023-24 National Signature Project Award Recipients
    Kim McCully-Mobley (Aurora, MO); Will Miller (Charlemont, MA); Carrie Guillaume (Leopold, IN)

    Check out the 2022-23 National Signature Project Award Recipients:

    Last year, Lara Belice, the Cooke City School teacher in Montana, was named the 2022 National Signature Project Award recipient for her place-based project, "United States History Through a Bison Lens." And, last year, for the first time, Rural Schools Collaborative and the National Rural Education Association announced runner-ups for the 2022-23 National Signature Project Award! The 2022-23 NSPA runner-ups were Abby Jones, a Gibbon Public Schools teacher of Gibbon, Nebraska and Christina Robinson, a Randolph Southern Elementary School teacher of Lynn, Indiana. We invite you to learn more about Lara, Abby & Chris' award winning projects here.


    Lara Belice (Cooke City, MT); Abby Jones (Gibbon, NE); Chris Robinson (Lynn, IN)


    Check out previous winners' projects:


    About the National Signature Project Award:

    The National Signature Project is part of the Rural Schools Collaborative Grants in Place program, a multi-organizational effort that has awarded more than $500,000 to teachers in support of place-based learning since 2015.

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