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Title VI, Part B - Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)

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Overview

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.

Application Process

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.

For Additional Information Contact:

Kirsten Carlile
303-866-6705
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