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The Rural Education Achievement Program in Nebraska (REAP)

The Rural Education Achievement Program in Nebraska (REAP)
ESEA/NCLB Title VI Part B: Rural Education Initiative
Part B of Title VI of the reauthorized ESEA contains Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) initiatives that are designed to help rural districts that may lack the personnel and resources to compete effectively for Federal competitive grants and that often receive grant allocations in amounts that are too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes. The two initiatives are:

  • The Small, Rural School Grant Program (SRSA) authorizes the Secretary to award formula grants directly to eligible LEAs (i.e., those LEAs eligible under the alternative uses of funds program described below) to carry out activities authorized under other specified Federal programs.
    • The Alternative Use of Funds (flex) authority is a flexibility provision that allows eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to combine funding under certain programs to carry out local activities under other specified Federal programs.  However, restrictions on these transfers now only allow districts to transfer funds between Title IA and Title IIA.  Transfers among any other Title categories (III-V) are no longer allowed.
       
  • The Rural and Low-Income School Program (RLIS) is designed to address the needs of rural, low-income schools. The Secretary awards formula grants to State educational agencies (SEAs), which in turn award sub-grants to eligible LEAs either competitively or on a formula basis. The funds are to be used to carry out activities specified by the statute.

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • The REAP Small Rural Schools Achievement (SRSA) eligibility list for FY 2014 (School Year 2014-2015) will be posted at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/reapsrsa/awards.html.   From that page, select the “Awards” tab, and the link to the FY 2014 State Grant Awards Spreadsheets.  Select and download the Nebraska spreadsheet to obtain the list of eligible NE school districts.
    • Any new school district, or any district that has merged with another district must file a new application.  Districts that are highlighted in yellow must apply (or reapply) by May 30, 2014. Applications received after this deadline will be processed only to the extent that funds remain available. If your district is highlighted in yellow, it is recommended that you submit an application via the USDA G5 System as soon as possible. 
       
    • SRSA Grant Awards (GAN) and information on accessing the funds are typically sent in September or October and are delivered directly from USDE to school districts through US Mail.

Only three NE districts qualify for RLIS funds.  Typically, these are larger rural districts that do not qualify for SRSA funds.  Each eligible district must apply annually to NDE for the funds and a GAN is issued in the fall to confirm approval of their application.

Available Allocations from prior years

  • All FY 2012 SRSA funds must be spent by Sept. 30, 2014 and entered into the G5 System for reimbursement by December 31, 2014.
  • All FY 2013 SRSA funds can be carried over and must be spent by Sept. 30, 2015.
  • All RLIS funds from the current year must be spent by September 30 of the following school year.

REAP Contacts:
For additional assistance in filing your application, obtaining information regarding your district’s eligibility for SRSA or RLIS funding, or available funds in your SRSA or RLIS account, contact one of the following individuals:

REAP Information