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Rural Schools Innovation Grant Program

Innovation is an idea that turns into a practical reality. During the pandemic, faculty and staff at rural schools turned ideas into realities to continue to serve their students and their communities. The Covid-19 pandemic has posed a variety of challenges to rural schools and their communities. Fortunately, in numerous instances these challenges have been tackled head on with creativity, innovation, and commitment. This grant program allows schools to share what they started doing, how it worked, and award some of the top innovations with funding to keep these vital realities in practice. The Rural Schools Innovation Grant is a program of the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, in partnership with the Rural Schools Collaborative.


The Rural Schools Innovation Grant Program is designed to support exemplary programs that have been developed by rural schools during the pandemic. Eligible programs are those that have proven to be successful, been deemed essential, and require external funding support to continue.

Grants Awarded:

Applicant Period: 

Grant applications will be accepted from April 1 through May 15, 2021. The application will be available on this site beginning April 1.

Applicant Qualifications:

Location: Teachers and school administrators from public schools in Compeer's 144-county territory are eligible to submit an application.

  • This opportunity is open to rural schools that serve students of all grades, pre-K through high school. Rural schools are defined as non-urban, non-metro, or fall under one of six categories in the National Center for Educational Statistics classification (see application).

 Project details:

  • Approved projects must be prepared to launch by the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, respective to a district’s academic calendar.
  • All funded projects must have the approval of either a building lead administrator or district superintendent.

Funding: Grants are available through this one time grant program for up to $10,000 per school district.  Please note, requests may be partially funded and funds are not for deficits already incurred.

  • All applicants will be notified of their status 4-6 weeks after the May 15 deadline. 

Questions: Contact Melanie Olson. Email [email protected] or call 952-997-1255.

Enter to win one of 50 prizes allocated to each state in the Compeer territory (Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin). Entry deadline is December 1, 2021.

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