Rural and Low-Income School Program
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Rural, Insular, and Native Achievement Programs
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).
Under the RLIS program grants are made to State educational agencies with eligible school districts. State education agencies subgrant RLIS funds to eligible school districts to pay for activities authorized under Titles I-IV of the ESEA, as well as parental involvement activities. If a State elects to not participate in the RLIS program, eligible school districts from that State are consider specially qualified agencies (SQAs) and can apply directly to the Department for RLIS awards. In order to be eligible school districts must have at least 20 percent of the children they serve come from families with incomes below the poverty line and be located in a rural area. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers for the RLIS and SQA programs are 84.358B and 84.358C.
Uses of Funds
LEAs that receive RLIS grants may use the funds to carry out the following types of activities:
- Parental involvement activities
- Title I, Part 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, Part 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, Part A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment)
Example: A school district purchases bully prevention materials for all schools.