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The Rural Education Achievement Program in Nebraska (REAP)

Administrator Days Material and Key Points

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 three initiatives are:

  1. The Small, Rural School Grant Program (CFDA no. 84.358A) 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 Uses of Funds 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.

  2. The Rural and Low-Income School Program (CFDA no. 84.358B) 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 subgrants 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

  • Contact: Brad Conner (402-471-2968 or brad.conner@nebraska.gov)

  • USDE Contact for Nebraska: Eric Schulz (202-260-7349 or eric.schulz@ed.gov)

  • REAP Small Rural Schools Achievement (SRSA) eligibility list for FY 2013 (School Year 2013-2014) is posted at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/reapsrsa/eligibility.html Districts that are highlighted in yellow must apply (or reapply) by June 30, 2013. Applications received after this date will be processed only to the extent that funds remain available. If your district does need to apply and has not yet done so, it is advisable to get this done as soon as possible to secure possible funding for this year and to be ensured of funding in future years. See contacts listed above if there are questions. PLEASE CHECK THIS LIST TO ENSURE YOUR DISTRICT IS ON THE LIST IF YOU BELIEVE YOUR DISTRICT IS ELIGIBLE FOR A REAP SRSA GRANT for this coming school year.

    Grant Awards 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.

Available Allocations

  • The document below lists the districts that received a REAP Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) grant award for fiscal years (FY) 2010 and 2011 and the unspent balance remaining for each grant. There is a separate tab at the bottom left of the spreadsheet for each fiscal year. For the FY 2010 SRSA grant awards, grantees need to obligate award funds by September 30, 2012 and liquidate them by December 30, 2012.

    REAP SRSA Draw Downs 12/19/12