2018 University-Rural District Partnership Grant Program

Dear Colleagues,

 With funds from the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the faculty and staff associated with the Colorado Center of Rural Education (CCRE) at the University of Northern Colorado would like you to invite you apply to the 2018 University-Rural School District Partnership grant program.  You will find the request for proposal (RFP) and budget form attached in this email. These documents can also be found on the CCRE website,

 We seek universities/colleges across the state to partner with rural school districts to form regional collaborations to expand programs for the recruitment, preparation, and ongoing support of educators for rural school districts. The university is the lead fiscal agent and responsible party for the partnership proposal. This request for proposals is issued to support activities in the current year that detail specific activities for the 2017-18 school year.

 Attendance at a “Proposal Summit” is required for all those who are planning to submit a proposal.  The summit will be convened on the UNC Denver Center at Lowry (extended.unco.edu/about/centers/denver-lowry.asp), on Friday, December 15, 2017 for the purpose of reviewing proposal presentations from each University-Rural School District Partnership, providing feedback for strengthening proposals, and ensuring that the proposals meet statewide needs on a regional basis.  A university and school district or BOCES representative are required to attend.  Travel for two individuals from each project will be reimbursed by the Center.  Please notify Lori Reinsvold by December 1, 2017 as to your intention to attend this summit. 

The final proposal from each partnership must be received by December 31, 2017.  Funds will be distributed in January, 2018. The amount for approved partnerships is expected to be in the range of $40,000 to $60,000. The Center expects to fund 5-7 proposals from University-Rural School District Partnerships. The outcomes from the partnership activities are to be presented at the 2018 Rural Education Summit (July, 2018). All funds must be committed and encumbered by June 30, 2018.

If I can help you as you develop your partnership, please let me know.

Best, Lori Reinsvold
Co-Director of the Colorado Center for Rural Education
Associate Director of the MAST Institute


Proposal Directions and Forms

Proposal Budget Form


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