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Eligible local education agencies (LEAs) must apply each year in to receive SRSA funding. The FY 2018 SRSA application period will be February 20–April 20, 2018.

Only SRSA-eligible, Hold Harmless-eligible, and dual-eligible LEAs that want to receive an SRSA grant should submit an SRSA application.

Steps for Applying for the SRSA Grant:

1. Obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, if your LEA does not already have one.  LEAs can obtain a DUNS number for free through the Dun & Bradstreet Website. After submitting a request, you should receive a DUNS number within 1-2 business days.

2. If your LEA has a DUNS number, verify that the number is active in the System for Award Management (SAM).

  • An LEA must be registered in SAM and have a DUNS number that is active in SAM and G5 prior to accessing the SRSA application in No application will be accepted in without an active, registered DUNS number.
  • If your LEA’s DUNS number is nearing the end of its “active” status, be sure to reactivate the DUNS in SAM at least 7-10 business days prior to the expiration date to allow time for the validation process.
  • Registering your DUNS number with SAM is absolutely FREE. You do not need to pay a third-party vendor to register your DUNS number with SAM.

For additional information, or to verify that your district’s DUNS number is active and registered in SAM, please contact the SAM Federal Service Desk toll-free at (866) 606-8220, (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time) 

3. Complete the SRSA application on during the annual application period. To complete the application, you will need to register in as an “Organization Applicant.” offers tutorials online to explain how to register and how to utilize its “Workspaces” functionality.

4. Complete the SRSA application in during the application period. To complete the application, you will need to register in as an “Organization Applicant.” 

See the “ Applicant Overview” document for an overview of navigation, registration, and Workspace utilization. In addition, offers tutorials online to explain how to register in and how to utilize Workspace, including:

*Click on a title above to view the tutorial.

Last Modified: 02/14/2018