SRSA Eligibility

Below is the link to the current version of the REAP Master Eligibility Spreadsheet. Please review the information and contact your REAP State Coordinator with updates.

Click Here: Fiscal Year 2024 Master Eligibility Spreadsheet 

  • Please note that if your LEA has submitted a request to update its primary contact or other LEA information, it may take up to a week to see that change reflected on the Master Eligibility Spreadsheet here.

Who is Eligible?

An LEA is eligible to participate in the SRSA program if it meets the statutory criteria of being both small and rural (see ESEA section 5211(b)).

  1. To be considered small, an LEA must have a total average daily attendance (ADA) of fewer than 600 students or exclusively serve schools that are located in counties with a population density of fewer than 10 persons per square mile.
  2. To be considered rural, all schools within the LEA must have a school locale code of 41, 42, or 43 (assigned by the Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)) or be located in an area of the State defined as rural by a governmental agency of the State.

In some States, the entity legally established to administer the SRSA program is an educational service agency (ESA), which is defined in section 8101(18) of the ESEA as “a regional public multiservice agency authorized by State statute to develop, manage, and provide services or programs to [LEAs].” Section 5211(b)(1)(C) of the ESEA clarifies that an individual LEA within an ESA may apply for and receive SRSA grant funds if that LEA meets the SRSA eligibility criteria and the ESA to which it belongs does not itself receive an SRSA award on its behalf.

Being eligible for the SRSA program does not guarantee that the LEA will receive an award. If the LEA wishes to receive a grant award, it must comply with any requirements established by the Department to receive an SRSA award for a fiscal year (FY), including any application requirements. Additionally, an LEA may be eligible for SRSA but receive an allocation of $0 based on the funding formula (i.e., may not receive an SRSA award).

To find your LEA’s locale code, visit the National Center for Education Statistics’ locale lookup tool on their website. For more information on how locale codes are determined, visit the NCES Locale Boundaries User Manual.

To see how SRSA differs from RLIS, view the SRSA-RLIS Comparison Table.

Eligibility Spreadsheets for Previous Years

The spreadsheets in the red box above list, by state, all LEAs that have been eligible for awards in previous years. Please note that data in some of the columns were used for informational purposes only (e.g., column Y) and were not used in determining allocations.