Program Office: Office of School Support and Rural Programs
CFDA Number: 84.358B
Program Type: Formula Grants
Also Known As: Rural Education Achievement Program, REAP, Rural and Low-Income School Grant Program
The purpose of the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) grant program is to provide rural districts with financial assistance for initiatives aimed at improving student achievement. The grant is non-competitive, and eligibility is determined by statute.
Awards are issued annually to state education agencies (SEAs), which make sub-grants to local education agencies (LEAs) that meet the applicable requirements. Awards are made to all SEAs that apply and meet the applicable requirements of the act (see legislative citation above).
Uses of Funds
LEAs that receive RLIS grants may use the funds to carry out the following types of activities:
- Teacher recruitment and retention, including the use of signing bonuses and other financial incentives;
- Teacher professional development, including programs that train teachers to use technology to improve teaching and that train teachers of students with special needs;
- Parental involvement activities;
- Title I-A (Improving Basic Programs Operated by local education agencies)
Example: A school district develops an entrepreneurial education program to supplement its civics curriculum.
- Title II-A (Supporting Effective Instruction)
Example: A school district pays the stipend for a prospective teacher to work alongside an effective teacher, who is the teacher of record, for a full academic year.
- Title III (Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students)
Example: A school district offers an afterschool enrichment program for English learners.
- Title IV-A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment)
Example: A school district purchases bully prevention materials for all schools.