Related Rural Organizations

National Organizations

American Council on Rural Special Education An organization of educators, service providers, administrators, teacher trainers, researchers and parents whose goal is to enhance services for children with exceptional needs in rural communities.
Center for the Study of Small/Rural Schools An outreach of the University of Oklahoma, the Center for Study of Small/Rural Schools provides services and resources for rural educators and districts.
Center on Rural Education and Communities A center supporting research among and outreach to rural educators and communities.
Rural Education in America (Institute of Education Sciences) A service of the Institute of Education Science, this center provides statistics data about rural education and communities, and resources for educators and researchers.
National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition An advocacy group that aims to maintain quality educational opportunities for children in rural communities.
National Rural Education Association A non-profit organization striving to connect all individuals involved in rural education who want to maintain excellence in rural education.
Organizations Concerned about Rural Education A coalition of organizations concerned about rural education.
Rural Education Special Interest Group of the AERA Discussions and information about current topics in rural education.
Rural School and Community Trust A national non-profit organization that seeks to help rural schools and communities improve together by providing resources and services.

Funding Opportunities

Foundation for Rural Education and Development A non-profit funding organization that seeks to provide resources for initiatives to enhance rural education and communities.
Investing in Inovation Fund (i3) Grants available for programs that improve student achievement.
Scale-up grants are available for projects that seek to "scale up" practices, strategies, or programs that have strong evidence for their effectiveness on improving student outcomes.
Validation grants are available for supporting practices, strategies, or programs that will improve upon programs that currently have moderate evidence for efficacy for improving various student outcomes.
Development grants are available for projects that seek to implement programs that will improve academic performance for or foster student growth, close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates, increase high school graduation rates, or increase college enrollment and completion rates for high-need students.
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: April 20, 2015. Apply here.
Deadline for Transmittal of Development Pre-Applications: April 29, 2015
Deadline for Application: May 29, 2015
Libri Foundation
Boooks for Children
Grants available for libraries serving rural communities. School libraries are eligible if they also serve as a public library. Application deadlines for 2014: January 23, May 15 and August 15.
Kimmel Foundation Grants available for programs and collaborative projects aimed at improving the life of people in rural communities in Nebraska and Iowa, with priority given to education-related efforts. (Grant guidelines)
National Education Association – Rural Grants Community development grants available through the National Education Association. Annual application deadline is February 15.
National Education Association – Student Achievement Grants Grants designed to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). Annual application deadlines: February 1, June 1 and October 15. (More information)
Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP; U. S. Dept. of Education) Grants designed for small districts that don't have the personnel and resources to compete for large federal grants. (Information about REAP eligibility and the application process.)
Technology Grants for Rural Schools These grants, created by The Foundation for Rural Education and Development, with sponsorship from the Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative, provide funding for projects that advance technology and foster cooperation among the telco, school and community.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants available for educational initiatives targeted toward vulnerable and underserved student populations. (More information)

Visit the CYFS website for more educational funding opportunities.

Journals and Reports

Journal of Research in Rural Education  
The Rural Educator  
Rural Special Education Quarterly  
The Status of Rural Education These reports, created by the Insitute of Education Sciences, provide statistical data and information about on the status of education in rural America. 
The Status of Rural Education 2013 
Status of Education in Rural America 2007

Special Projects related to Rural Education

National Research Center on Rural Educational Support This center was active from 2005-2010 and made possible through a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. Their goals included researching effective interventions in rural schools and providing professional development opportunities for educators.
Rural Education Technology Summit July 2010 Information about the recent summit in Washington, D.C. with a video of select presentations.
Education Week 
Rural Education Blog
Information and commentary on policy changes and challenges related to rural education.

Other Links

U.S. Department of Education - Rural Education Resource Center Information about rural education news, programs, events, and resources.
The National Rural Network of the Rural Policy Research Institute A group of non-governmental organizations that are rural stakeholders who can provide Capitol Hill, the Administration, and the public with information about the full breadth of the issues that compose the new rural reality in America.
Rural Policy Research Institute The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) conducts policy-relevant research and facilitates public dialogue to assist policymakers in understanding the rural impacts of public policies and programs.