The Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) is designed to help rural districts use federal resources more effectively to improve instruction and academic achievement. REAP contains three initatives: the Small, Rural School Achievement Grant Program (SRSA), The Alternate Uses of Funds Authority, and the Rural and Low-Income School Program (RLIS).
Program Requirements and Eligibility
Rural Low Income School (RLIS) eligibility requires that:
- 20 percent or more of children aged 5 to 17 served by the LEA are from families below the poverty line; and
- All schools in the LEA have a locale code of 6,7, or 8 (assigned by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics [NCES]); and
- The LEA is NOT eligible to participate in the SRSA program.
Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) eligibility requires that the LEA qualify as both "small" and "rural."
- To qualify as small, an LEA must:
- Have an average daily attendance (ADA) fewer than 600 students, or
- Serve only counties with population density of fewer than 10 persons per square mile.
- To qualify as rural, an LEA must:
- Serve only schools with an NCES school locale code of 7 or 8, or
- Be located in an area defined rural by a government agency of the state.
- REAP-Flex - The Alternative Use of Funds Authority
- REAP-Flex provides eligible LEAs with greater flexibility in using the formula grant funds they receive under certain State-administered Federal programs. This portion of the SRSA program is not a grant program and does not provide LEAs with funding.
Use of Funds
Title VI, Part B funds for both RLIS and SRSA can be used flexibly and in various ways to support any activities authorized under ESEA, including:
- Recruitment and retention of teachers, including use for signing bonuses and other incentives (Title II, Part A).
- Professional development for teachers, including programs that train teachers to utilize technology to improve instruction or work with students with special needs (Title II, Part A).
- Educational technology, including software and hardware (Title II, Part D).
- Parental involvement activities.
- Activities authorized under:
- Safe and Drug-Free Schools Programs (Title IV, Part A).
- Title I, Part A:
- Improving basic programs operated by local educational agencies.
- Activities for schools identified as priority or focus.
- Title III Language Instruction for limited English proficient and immigrant youth.
Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program:
- SRSA is a direct grant from the USDE. These funds do not pass through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE)
- Eligible LEAs need to apply via USDE's G5 system at www.g5.gov.
- The deadline for newly eligible LEAs to complete this application for the 2016-17 school year is May 20.
- LEAs may check available funds online or by calling the G5 Hotline toll-free at (888)260-7349.
Rural Low-Income School (RLIS) Program:
- RLIS is a state administered formula program.
- Eligible LEAs will apply for this grant via the federal consolidated application.
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