Grants in Place Applications for SD Rural Teachers Due April 23

Posted on March 12, 2018

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South Dakota Grants in Place is a cooperative venture between the Rural Schools Collaborative and Dakota Resources. Grants in Place provides a modest grant to rural teachers so they can engage with their students and community in place-based learning.

The Grants in Place program was implemented in South Dakota by Dakota Resources to connect rural teachers and students to their community through local projects. “Building the connections between rural schools and communities will help us ‘Get Better Together’”, says Mike Knutson, Dakota Resources Learning Network Director.

Jim Beddow, former President of Dakota Wesleyan University and Board Chair for the Rural Schools Collaborative states, “We believe that place-based education gives meaning to learning, strengthens the bonds between school and community, and instills pride in the cultures and histories of rural places and small towns.”

The 2018-19 program will fund five rural place-based learning projects in South Dakota with a maximum grant award of $1,000. Applications will be accepted from March 12 to April 23. Click here to apply.

The application criteria include the completion of an online application that can be found on Dakota Resources website at This application requires a 300-word description explaining how the funds will be used to engage teachers, students and the community in a local, student-driven project that achieves curricular and tangible community outcomes. Please contact Mike Knutson if you have questions about Grants in Place in South Dakota.

About Dakota Resources

Dakota Resources, organized in 1996, is a 501c3 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Intermediary located in Renner, South Dakota. Dakota Resources embraces building the capacity and confidence of rural communities and organizations through learning networks, long-term community coaching, and loans to CDFIs and development corporations in South Dakota. For more information, visit Dakota Resources is an equal opportunity organization.

About Rural Schools Collaborative

The Rural Schools Collaborative is a tax-deductible 501c3 project-based organization committed its mission, which states: Our nation’s challenges present real opportunities for rural places, and a sustainable American future must include a thriving rural landscape. It is possible and necessary to develop strategies that encourage people to remain in or return to rural regions. However, these efforts cannot be prescriptive, rigid or mandated. Instead, successful pathways will be purposeful, collaborative and place-focused. To find out more about Rural Schools Collaborative visit their website at

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