FR Doc 05-10139
[Federal Register: May 20, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 97)]
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[CFDA No. 84.358A]

Small, Rural School Achievement Program

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of 

ACTION: Notice announcing application deadline.


SUMMARY: Under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program, we 
award grants on a formula basis to eligible local educational agencies 
(LEAs) to address the unique needs of small, rural school districts. In 
this notice, we establish the deadline for submission of the fiscal 
year (FY) 2005 SRSA grant applications.
    As discussed in this notice, if an eligible LEA submitted an 
application for SRSA grant funds for a prior year, the LEA is 
considered to have met the FY 2005 application requirement based on its 
previously submitted application and does not have to submit a new 
application to the Department to receive its FY 2005 SRSA grant award.
    Application Deadline: June 17, 2005, 4:30 p.m. eastern time.


Which LEAs Are Eligible for An Award Under the SRSA Program?

    An LEA is eligible for an award under the SRSA program if --
    (a) The total number of students in average daily attendance at all 
of the schools served by the LEA is fewer than 600, or each county in 
which a school served by the LEA is located has a total population 
density of fewer than 10 persons per square mile; and
    (b) All of the schools served by the LEA are designated with a 
school locale code of 7 or 8 by the Department's National Center for 
Education Statistics, or the Secretary has determined, based on a 
demonstration by the LEA and concurrence of the SEA, that the LEA is 
located in an area defined as rural by a governmental agency of the 
    The SRSA spreadsheets on the Department's Web site at
 identify the LEAs that 

meet these requirements and are eligible to participate in the SRSA 

Which Eligible LEAs Need Not Submit an Additional Application To 
Receive a FY 2005 SRSA Grant Award?

    Under the regulations in 34 CFR 75.104(a), the Secretary makes a 
grant only to an eligible party that submits an application. Given the 
limited purpose served by an application under this program, the 
Secretary considers this requirement to be met if the LEA submitted an 
SRSA application for any prior year, even if the LEA has not previously 
received SRSA funds. In this circumstance, unless the LEA advises the 
Secretary by the application deadline that it is withdrawing its 
application, the Secretary deems the application that the LEA 
previously submitted to remain in effect for FY 2005 funding, and the 
LEA does not have to submit an additional application. All other 
eligible LEAs must submit a new application to receive a FY 2005 grant 
    We have provided a list of LEAs eligible for FY 2005 funds on the 
Department's Web site at
 The Web site also indicates which of these eligible 

LEAs must submit a new application to the Department to receive their 
FY 2005 SRSA grant award, and which eligible LEAs are considered 
already to have met the application requirement.
    Eligible LEAs that must submit a new application in order to 
receive FY 2005 SRSA funding must do so electronically by the deadline 
established in this notice.
    Electronic Submission of Applications: Unless it is listed on the 
Department's Web site as not required to submit a new application, an 
eligible LEA that seeks FY 2005 SRSA funding must submit an electronic 
application by June 17, 2005, 4:30 pm eastern time. Submission of an 
electronic application involves the use of the Department's Electronic 
Grant Application System (e-Application) available through the 
Department's e-Grants system.
    You can access the electronic application for the SRSA Program at:

    Once you access this site, you will receive specific instructions 
regarding the information to include in your application.
    The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6 a.m. 
Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m. Thursday until midnight, 
Saturday (Washington, DC time). Please note that the system is 
unavailable on Sundays and Federal holidays.

Hitchcock. Telephone: (202) 401-0039 or via Internet:
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call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this notice in an 

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    Program Authority:  20 U.S.C. 7345-7345b.

    Dated: May 16, 2005.
Raymond Simon,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. 05-10139 Filed 5-19-05; 8:45 am]