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Title VI, Part B Rural Education Achievement Program

The Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) a federal initiative authorized under Title VI, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is designed to address the unique needs of rural school districts. These districts frequently lack personnel and resources needed to compete for federal competitive grants and often receive formula allocations that are too small to be used effectively for their intended purposes.

REAP Initiatives:

Subpart 1- Small, Rural School Achievement Program (SRSA): The SRSA program authorizes the US Department of Education (USED) to award formula grants directly to eligible LEAs. In addition, eligible LEAs and charter schools may use Alternative Uses of Funds Authority (formerly referred to as REAP-Flex) to combine funding under certain ESEA programs to carryout local activities.

Subpart 2- Rural and Low-Income Schools Program (RLIS): RLIS is designed to address the needs of rural, low-income schools. USED awards formula grants to SEAs, which in turn award subgrants to eligible LEAs on a formula basis. The funds are to be used to carry out activities allowed under certain federal programs authorized under the ESEA programs.