FR Doc 2010-9515
[Federal Register: April 23, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 78)]
[Page 21265-21266]
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Small, Rural School Achievement Program

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of 

ACTION: Notice announcing application deadline.


Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.358A.

SUMMARY: Under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program, the 
U.S. Department of Education (Department) awards grants on a formula 
basis to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the 
unique needs of rural school districts. In this notice, we establish 
the deadline for submission of fiscal year (FY) 2010 SRSA grant 

DATES: The deadline for transmittal of electronic applications is June 
30, 2010, 4:30:00 p.m. Washington, DC time.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Eric Schulz, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 3W107, Washington, DC 20202. 
Telephone: (202) 401-0039 or by e-mail:
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the 
Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.


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

    An LEA (including a public charter school that is considered an LEA 
under State law) 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 (NCES), or the Secretary has determined, based on 
a demonstration by the LEA and concurrence of the State educational 
agency, that the LEA is located in an area defined as rural by a 
governmental agency of the State.
    The school locale codes are the locale codes determined on the 
basis of the NCES school code methodology in place on the date of 
enactment of section 6211(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education 
Act of 1965, as amended.

Which Eligible LEAs Must Submit an Application To Receive an FY 2010 
SRSA Grant Award?

    An eligible LEA must submit an application to receive an FY 2010 
SRSA grant award if it falls under any of the following categories:
    1. The LEA never submitted an application for SRSA funds in any 
prior year;
    2. The LEA received an SRSA grant for FY 2007, and, as of December 
31, 2009, had not drawn down from the Department's Grant Administration 
and Payment System any of its FY 2007 SRSA funds;
    3. The LEA was identified in a prior year on the SRSA eligibility 
spreadsheets as needing to re-apply for SRSA because of the absence of 
drawdown activity, but did not do so.

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    Under the regulations in 34 CFR 75.104(a), the Secretary makes 
grants only to an eligible party that submits an application. Given the 
limited purpose served by the application under the SRSA program, the 
Secretary considers the application requirement to be met if an LEA 
submitted an SRSA application for any prior year and does not fall 
under any of the categories listed above requiring the submission of a 
new application. In this circumstance, unless an LEA advises the 
Secretary by the application deadline that it is withdrawing its 
application, the Secretary deems the application that an LEA previously 
submitted to remain in effect for FY 2010 funding, and the LEA does not 
have to submit an additional application.
    We intend to provide, by April 15, 2010, a list of LEAs eligible 
for FY 2010 funds on the Department's Web site at Eligible LEAs that must 
submit a new electronic application to the Department to receive an FY 2010 SRSA 
grant award will be highlighted on the list in yellow. The list will 
also include eligible LEAs that are considered already to have met the 
application requirement.
    Eligible LEAs needing to submit a new application in order to 
receive FY 2010 SRSA funds must do so electronically by the deadline 
established in this notice.

Electronic Submission of Applications

    An eligible LEA that is required to submit an application to 
receive FY 2010 SRSA funds (in other words, an LEA that did not submit 
an application in a prior year, or was identified in a prior year as 
needing to re-apply because of the absence of drawdown activity) must 
submit an electronic application by June 30, 2010, 4:30:00 p.m., 
Washington, DC time. If it submits its application after this deadline, 
the LEA will receive a grant award only to the extent that funds are 
available after the Department awards grants to other eligible LEAs 
under the program.
    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:
    When you access this site, you will receive specific instructions 
regarding the information to include in your application.
    The hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6:00 a.m. 
Monday until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday; and 6:00 a.m. Thursday until 8:00 
p.m. Sunday, Washington, DC time. Please note that, because of 
maintenance, the system is unavailable between 8:00 p.m. on Sundays and 
6:00 a.m. on Mondays, and between 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6:00 a.m. 
on Thursdays, Washington, DC time. Any modifications to these hours are 
posted on the e-Grants Web site.
    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on 
request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
    Electronic Access To This Document: You can view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: To 
use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at 
this site.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at:

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

    Dated: April 20, 2010.
Thelma Mel[eacute]ndez de Santa Ana,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2010-9515 Filed 4-22-10; 8:45 am]