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U.S. Department of Education: Small, Rural School Achievement Program

Deadline: April 20, 2018

Under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program, the U.S. Department of Education awards grants on a formula basis to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the unique needs of rural school districts. Recipients may use program funds to conduct activities under the following federal programs:

  • Title I-A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Education Agencies. Example: A school district develops an entrepreneurial education program to supplement its civics curriculum.
  • Title II-A: Supporting Effective Instruction. Example: A school district pays the stipend for a prospective teacher to work alongside an effective teacher, who is the teacher of record, for a full academic year.
  • Title III: Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students. Example: A school district offers an afterschool enrichment program for English learners.
  • Title IV-A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment. Example: A school district purchases a bully prevention program for all schools.
  • Title IV-B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Example: A school district purchases instruments to supplement schools’ band and orchestra programs.

Amount: A total of $87,753,000 is available to make an estimated 4,000 awards that range up to $60,000 each.

Eligibility: A Local Education Agency (LEA) is eligible for an SRSA award if:

(a)(1) The total number of students in average daily attendance at all of the schools served by the LEA is fewer than 600; or each county in which a school served by the LEA is located has a total population density of fewer than 10 people per square mile; and

(a)(2) All of the schools served by the LEA are designated with a school locale code of 41, 42, or 43, as determined by the Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/rural_locales.asp); or the Secretary has determined, based on a demonstration by the LEA and concurrence of the State Educational Agency, that the LEA is located in an area defined as rural by a governmental agency of the state. Locale codes are described below:

  • 41 – Rural, Fringe: Census-defined rural territory that is less than or equal to 5 miles from an urbanized area, as well as rural territory that is less than or equal to 2.5 miles from an urban cluster.
  • 42 – Rural, Distant: Census-defined rural territory that is more than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area, as well as rural territory that is more than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster.
  • 43 – Rural, Remote: Census-defined rural territory that is more than 25 miles from an urbanized area and is also more than 10 miles from an urban cluster.

(b) The LEA is a member of an educational service agency (ESA) that does not receive SRSA funds, and the LEA meets the eligibility requirements described in (a)(1) and (2) above.

(c) The LEA meets the requirements for a hold harmless award as described in section 5212(b)(4) of the ESEA. These are LEAs that are no longer eligible for the SRSA program because of amendments made under the ESSA to the locale code designations referenced in section 5211(b)(1)(A)(ii) of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA. However, these LEAs may receive an award at a reduced rate as described in section 5212(b)(4) of the ESEA.

See the eligibility spreadsheet at: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/reapsrsa/eligibility.html

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300954

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