Rural Education

 

To provide financial assistance to rural districts to carry out activities to help improve the quality of teaching and learning in their schools.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
84.358
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Authorization
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended, Title VI, Part B
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For SRSA, eligible recipients are local educational agencies (LEAs) in which (1) the total number of students in average daily attendance at all of the schools served by the LEA is less than 600 or where each school in the LEA is located in a county with a total population density of less than 10 persons per square mile; and (2) all of the schools served by the LEA are designated as rural by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) using the NCES school locale methodology in place at the time of enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) or the LEA is located in an area of the State defined as rural by a State governmental agency. For RLIS, eligible recipients are State educational agencies (SEAs). SEAs then must distribute funds to local educational agencies (LEAs) on a formula or competitive basis. An LEA is eligible to receive a grant under RLIS only if (1) at least 20 percent of the school children ages 5-17 in the LEA come from families with incomes below the poverty line; and (2) all of the schools served by the LEA are designated with a school locale code of 32, 33, 41, 42, or 43 under the NCES school locale methodology in place at the time of ESSA's enactment. If an SEA chooses not to participate in the program, the Secretary uses the State's allocation to make direct grants to eligible LEAs in the State. If an LEA is eligible for both SRSA and RLIS, the LEA may choose in which program to participate.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Elementary and secondary schools, students, and teachers in rural schools.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. For SRSA, the Department requires an application from each eligible. Application forms and instructions are available from the headquarters office. For RLIS, an SEA must submit an application that includes specific, measurable goals and objectives for the activities to be carried out through the grant. If an SEA does not participate in the program, eligible LEAs in the State may submit an application directly to the Department.
Award Procedure
For SRSA, awards are issued annually directly to eligible LEAs on a formula basis. Awards are made to all that apply and meet the applicable requirements of the Act. Contact the program office for more information. For RLIS, awards are issued annually to SEAs, which make subgrants to LEAs. Awards are made to all SEAs that have RLIS-eligible LEAs and apply and meet the applicable requirements of the Act. SEAs then award subgrants to eligible LEAs in the State either competitively or by formula.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
See Applicant Eligibility (081), Application Procedure (092), and Award Procedure (093).
How may assistance be used?
The Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) consists of the Small, Rural School Achievement program (SRSA) and the Rural and Low-Income School program (RLIS). Under SRSA, LEAs may use program funds to carry out activities authorized under: (1) Part A of Title I (Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies); (2) Part A of Title II (Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants); (3) Title III (English Language Acquisition State Grants); (4) Part A of Title IV (Student Support and Academic Enrichment State Grants); and (5) Part B of Title IV (21st Century Community Learning Centers). Eligible LEAs also may (under the Alternative Fund Use Authority) consolidate funds they receive from these sources (except for Title I, Part A) to carry out effective activities under any of the authorized programs, including Title I, Part A. Under RLIS, LEAs may use program funds for: (1) Part A of Title I (Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies); (2) Part A of Title II (Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants); (3) Title III (English Language Acquisition State Grants); (4) Part A of Title IV (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants); and (5) parental involvement activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Records must be maintained 3 years after the completion of the activity for which grant funds were used.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title V Part B, sections 5212(b) and 5221 (a) Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended,

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded for 1 year. Electronic transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Eric Schulz,
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202 US
reap@ed.gov
Phone: (202) 260-7349.
Website Address
http://www2.ed.gov/nclb/freedom/local/reap.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
91-1000-0-1-501
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 18$180,840,000.00; FY 19 est $180,840,000.00; FY 20 est $180,840,000.00; FY 17$175,840,000.00; FY 16$175,840,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For Fiscal Year 2018: Range of new awards for SRSA: $140 - $51,294; Average new award for SRSA: $22,478. Estimated range of new subgrants for RLIS: $17 - $266,500; Average new subgrants for RLIS: $34,102.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 97, 98 and 99.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.

 



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