Each year the national organization, Rural Schools Collaborative runs a small grant program for rural teachers.  (I serve on their board.)  And it’s time for teachers to make application.

We have awarded 15 grants in the last few years.  While they are usually not larger than $1,000, I have visited a number of the recipients and been quite impressed with how they used their funding.  Projects have ranged from outdoor gardens to archeological digs to community histories.

RSC has forged a close relationship with the good folks at the University of West Alabama and their Black Belt Teacher Corps effort and this year grants will be restricted to teachers primarily in the Black Belt region.

The following counties are eligible: Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter and Wilcox.

Recipients will be expected to attend one day of the University of West Alabama’s Digging into Rural Traditions Conference Sept. 17-18.  RSC will work with school systems on substitute teacher fees in needed.

For more info on this program and directions as to how to apply, go here.