RSP’s 2014-15 grant rounds, deadlines announced

As part of its 2014-15 community grantmaking round announced last week, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is proud to announce the 2014-15 grant programs for the Rural Schools Partnership, as well. These grant cycles, designed to benefit teachers and students in the rural schools that make up the RSP’s network, include two distinct grant rounds and the Ozarks Teacher Corps scholarship program, in addition to the Placeworks Arts Initiative and Youth Empowerment Project grants.

This year’s deadlines are:

RSP/YEP Student Conservation Grants:  Up to a total of $10,000 to is available for student-led conservation projects. The Student Conservation grants are funded through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Rural Schools Conservation Fund and the Rural Schools Conservation Fund. All grants will be awarded through Youth Empowerment Project chapters. Please speak with your district’s YEP sponsor, or call Bridget Dierks at (417) 864-6199, for more information. The deadline for this opportunity is 5 p.m. on  Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

The Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Place-Based Education Grantmaking Program of Commerce Trust: The Coover grantmaking program will provide grants this year in support for cooperative ventures that enhance teaching and learning through place-based education programs. The grants are intended to foster the basic tenets of place-based education.  Please view our short video that explains the nature of the Coover grantmaking program. The Rural Schools Partnership encourages proposals that include local matches or other leveraged resources.

Grants of up to $10,000 each are available to qualified applicants. Applicants who receive funding will be required to attend the 2015 Rural Schools Rendezvous in April 2015 (location TBA). The deadline for the 2014-15 cycle of Coover Place-Based Education grants is Friday, March 20, 2015.

Ozarks Teacher Corps:  The Ozarks Teacher Corps develops a cadre of talented teaching candidates who will explore rural education issues, serve as teacher interns in small schools, and commit to teaching in their respective home communities for at least three years.  The overarching purpose of the Ozarks Teacher Corps is to encourage extremely capable and passionate young people to become educators and return to their rural hometowns as teacher-leaders. This program is made possible by the Chesley and Flora Lea Wallis Trust, a $1.7 million Community Foundation of the Ozarks charitable fund.

Upon selection, participants will receive a $4,000 per year scholarship for their junior and senior years.  If recipients do not complete their teaching certification or program or honor their commitment to teach in their hometown (or other rural school), the scholarship will be revoked. Applications for the 2015 class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps are due at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2015.

You can find links for more information and applications for all of these programs at



GLADE gives students a chance to learn in camp setting

GLADE Group WEBThis week’s CFO Community column is about a day we spent last week with GLADE: Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems. The program, founded in 2009, is designed to immerse high school students with a passion for science in conservation projects. The week-long camp is held every summer at Missouri State University’s Drury-Mincy field station near Bull Shoals Lake.

GLADE is also intended to hone students’ leadership and communications skills, and teach them to work collaboratively and value input and contributions of all kinds, from all kinds of people. The students, who come from across the Ozarks, are recommended for the program by their teachers with the cost of the camp covered by GLADE’s fundraising efforts. In 2013, a $9,250 Coover Place-Based Education grant went to help area teachers identify and recruit talented students for the GLADE program.

You can read the entire column at You can learn more about GLADE at

The CFO’s column runs weekly in rotation with other organizations on the News-Leader’s Community page, which is published daily. We appreciate this opportunity to share our work with News-Leader readers across the region.

Register Now for Summer Institute for Arts Integration

Springfield Flyer2Springfield’s 2014 Summer Institute for Arts Integration will provide educators with strategies on how to use the arts to connect to curricular areas, increase student engagement, manage classrooms, deepen student comprehension, and identify alternative assessment opportunities. Workshops are designed for participants to explore quality arts integration, and give them the tools and strategies to feel confident using the arts across a variety of content areas, while addressing Common Core and Missouri Learning Standards.

The intsitute will will feature workshops by Sean and Melanie Layne, arts integration experts and coaches with the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program in Washington D.C.

Click here to download the full program preview, including an application to register.


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