In the heart of America’s rural communities, school superintendents, curriculum directors, and grant writers are often tasked with the monumental challenge of providing quality education with limited resources. The Rural Technology Fund (RTF) offers a beacon of hope, providing grants that can transform the educational landscape for rural schools.

Overview of the Rural Technology Fund Grant Program

The RTF is dedicated to enhancing technology education in rural areas. It supports projects that introduce students to technology-based careers such as computer science, engineering, programming, cyber security, robotics, and more. With an average grant range of $500-$2500, and larger amounts considered for impactful projects, the RTF reviews and awards grants every 30-60 days without specific deadlines, making it an accessible opportunity for schools throughout the year1.

Benefits to Rural Schools

The benefits of the RTF grant program are manifold:

  • Sparking Student Interest: Projects funded by RTF help ignite a passion for technology and innovation among students.
  • Enhancing Curriculum: Grants can be used to integrate technology into the curriculum, providing hands-on learning experiences.
  • Bridging the Digital Divide: By focusing on rural or high-poverty areas, the RTF helps level the playing field for students who might otherwise lack access to advanced technology.

Partnering with Twotrees Technologies

Twotrees Technologies stands ready to assist schools in acquiring the technology needed to apply for the RTF grant. We offer Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard workstations for graphic design, video production, or computer-aided design. These tools are essential for schools looking to enhance their technological capabilities and meet the criteria for RTF grants, and the RTF funds can be used to purchase these advanced workstations.

Intel Skills for Innovation Curriculum

The RTF grants align perfectly with the Intel® Skills for Innovation (Intel® SFI) Initiative, which is designed to empower educators and students with technology-supported, skills-based learning experiences. The Intel SFI curriculum covers AI, robotics, machine learning, and software development, preparing students for the future workforce. Schools can apply for RTF grants to purchase computers that support the implementation of the Intel SFI curriculum, ensuring that students gain the skills necessary for innovation in the 21st century. Twotrees is an Intel Skills for Innovation Partner and can provide guidance on this valuable program.

How to Apply

Applying for an RTF grant is straightforward. Schools and organizations operating in the United States can submit their applications through the RTF website1. The application process is designed to be inclusive, with no specific deadlines, allowing schools to apply at a time that suits them best.

Conclusion

The RTF grant program, in partnership with Twotrees Technologies and supported by the Intel SFI curriculum, offers a comprehensive solution for rural schools striving to advance their technology education. By leveraging these resources, rural educators can provide their students with the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world.

For more information and to apply for a grant, visit the Rural Technology Fund’s application page.

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