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

Deadline: May 2, 2016

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 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) programs:

  • Title I, Part A Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
  • Title II, Part A Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, # 84.367
  • Title II, Part D Educational Technology State Grants, # 84.318
  • Title III Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
  • Title IV, Part A Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities
  • Title IV, Part B 21st-Century Community Learning Centers, # 84.287
  • Title V, Part A State Grants for Innovative Programs

Amount: Each LEA’s allocation is based on a funding formula, as follows:

  • The number of students in average daily attendance, minus 50. Multiply this number by $100. Add $20,000. If the total is above $60,000, this amount is capped at $60,000.
  • From the amount above, subtract the sum of the allocations received by the district during the prior fiscal year under Title II-A (Improving Teacher Quality Grants); Title II-D (Educational Technology Grants); Title IV-A (Safe and Drug Free Schools Grants); and Title V-A (Innovative Programs Grants). This amount may be ratably reduced or increased depending upon the amount appropriated for the program and the number of eligible LEAs.

Eligibility: An LEA (including a public charter school that is considered an LEA under State law) in which:

a) 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 persons per square mile; and

b) (1) All of the schools served by the LEA are designated with a school locale code of 7 or 8 by the Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); or (2) 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.

Link: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-05/pdf/2016-02292.pdf

Note: By April 1, 2016, the Department of Education will provide a list of LEAs eligible for FY 2016 funds on the Department’s Web site at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/reapsrsa/eligibility.html. This list will indicate which eligible LEAs have already met the application requirement, and which eligible LEAs must submit an application to receive an FY 2016 SRSA grant award. All eligible LEAs that need to submit an application will be highlighted in yellow on the SRSA eligibility spreadsheets.

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