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2019-20 Grants in Place Application: Deadline Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC) is pleased to announce its 2019-20 Grants in Place program. RSC will select nine Grants in Place Fellows, who will work with their respective students on a place-based, action research project. This program is in cooperation with our Regional Hub partners, and we will select one Fellow to represent each of our nine Hubs.
A rural classroom teacher is eligible to apply if they teach in a public school district that is located within an RSC Hub’s region.
Applications for this year’s Grants in Place program must be received by Tuesday, October 15th. We plan on announcing the Fellows by early November. Applicants should propose a project that will be completed by the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Each Grants in Place Fellow will receive a grant of up to $2,000, which will support the place-based project, a professional development presentation, and an honorarium. Of this amount $1,000 will be earmarked for the actual place-based project.
Proposed projects should exhibit the basic tenets of place-based education. The action research element will include five phases:
1. Problem identification
2. Plan of action
3. Data collection
4. Analysis of data
5. Plan for future action
The Grants in Place Fellows program will be an important facet of RSC's work with our regional Hub partners. We look forward to supporting our Fellows throughout the year and sharing their stories and research with people across the nation. This will be a high profile effort.
Please note that Fellows will have the following expectations:
• cooperate with a research mentor, who will assist with the action research component;
• participate in two one-hour “cohort” webinars with other Fellows;
• work with students to implement the proposed place-based project;
• successfully complete the action research report;
• and make a presentation on their completed project in conjunction with our Regional Hub Partners. (Please note:
travel and a substitute teacher, if necessary, will be covered by the grant award)
Eligible applications must have the support of the teacher’s building administrator. We simply ask that the applicant’s building administrator send us an email acknowledging their awareness and support of their teacher’s interest in applying for the program. The building administrator email should be sent in by the October 15th deadline. Please have this email sent to RSC director Gary Funk at
Building Administrator's Name (Remember: we must receive a support email from the building administrator by October 15th)
Building Administrator's email address
School Street Address
School City, State, & Zip Code
Identify your RSC Hub region
West Central Minnesota
What community problem or issue will your students address through your proposed place-based project?
Please provide a description of your place-based project. In other words, how will you and your students address this problem? And what do you hope that your students will learn? (limit 2000 characters)
Please provide a simple itemized budget for your project. This should not exceed $1,000.
May we add your email to our email update list?
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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