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
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended, Title VI, Part B.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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 No Child Left Behind Act 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) it is not eligible for funds under SRSA; (2) at least 20 percent of the school children ages 5-17 in the LEA come from families with incomes below the poverty line; and (3) all of the schools served by the LEA are designated with a school locale code of 6, 7, or 8 under the NCES school locale methodology in place at the time of NCLB'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.
Elementary and secondary schools, students, and teachers in rural schools.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. LEAs annually submit applications to the Department of Education. For SRSA, however, the Department considers the application requirement to be met if the LEA submitted an application in any prior year. 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.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
How are proposals selected?
See Applicant Eligibility (081), Application Procedure (092), and Award Procedure (093).
How may assistance be used?
The program has two components with similar allowable uses of unds. Grantees under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program component may use program funds to carry out activities authorized under: ESEA Title I-Part A (Grants to LEAs); Title II- Part A (Improving Teacher Quality State Grants); Title II-Part D (Educational Technology State Grants); Title III (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students); Title IV-Part A (Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities State Grants); Title IV-Part B (21st Century Community Learning Centers); and Title V-Part A (State Grants for Innovative Programs). Grantees under the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program component may use program funds for: teacher recruitment and retention; teacher professional development; educational technology; parental involvement activities; activities authorized under ESEA Title IV-Part A (Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities); activities authorized under ESEA Title I-Part A (Grants to LEAs); and activities authorized under ESEA Title III (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students). This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate that is referenced under 34 CFR 75.564-76.569. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual financial and performance reports are due within 90 days of the termination of the project period. Cash reports are not applicable. No progress reports are required. Expenditure reports are not applicable. No performance monitoring is required.
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 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: ESEA Title VI, Part B, Sections 6212(b) and Section 6221(a)(2). Funds appropriated for the program are divided equally between SRSA and RLIS.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded for 1 year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Eric Schulz, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 260-7349.
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $169,840,120; FY 15 est $169,840,000; and FY 16 est $169,840,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range of new awards for SRSA: $68 - $60,000; Average new award for SRSA: $20,000
Range of new subgrants for RLIS: $1,000 - $485,000; Average new subgrants for RLIS: $42,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 97, 98 and 99.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available