Small Rural Schools Achievement Grant

The Small Rural Schools (SRS) Achievement Grant is a formula grant awarded annually directly from the U.S. Department of Education to small school administrative units (SAUs) that meet the eligibility requirements below. SRS funds are to be used to support students and teachers in rural locations to improve achievement levels to meet the state standards in education.

  • Eligibility List (XLS, 360KB). Click the "SRSA" or "All" tabs at the bottom of this table to see which SAUs are on the 2014-15 eligibility list.
  • Grant Awards. The 2014-15 awards will be announced on the U.S. DOE website and issued in September. Past grant awards can also be found on this website.


  1. Complete Rural Education Information Form, which provides average daily attendance (ADA), in January and submit to State Rural Education office.
  2. Have an ADA of fewer than 600 students.
  3. Have a Census locate code of 7 (rural community with fewer than 2,500 people outside of a metropolitan statistical area) or 8 (rural community with fewer than 2,500 people inside of a metropolitan statistical area). Locale codes can be found at the National Center for Educational Statistics.

Application Process

  1. Complete Rural Education Information Form in January and submit to State Rural Education office.
  2. The U.S. DOE will determine eligibility in May.
  3. Eligible SAUs will receive an award letter from the U.S. DOE in late summer. 
  4. SAUs that are new to the process will need to visit the federal e-grant website to register and provide required documentation.
  5. All SAUs are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.

Allowable Use of Funds

  1. These funds are very flexible, using the standards of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title V Innovative Education Program to enhance or support programs to increase student and teacher learning. 
  2. They can be used to supplement any other NCLB titles.

Non-Allowable Use of Funds

  1. Funds cannot be used to satisfy meeting a state or federal requirement but can supplement the SAU’s basic support of a regulation.
  2. Funds cannot be used for pure administrative projects (projects that do not have a relationship to student learning or improved teaching performances).
  3. Funds cannot be used in supplanting any local fund costs.

REAP-Flex Capabilities

REAP-Flex allows the flexible use of NCLB Title IIA Teacher Quality funds for projects permitted under other NCLB titles as part of the NCLB application process. Only SRS-eligible SAUs can participate.

Required Reporting

  1. Submit Rural Education Information Form every January.
  2. SAUs should have available contracts and purchase orders related to SRS purchases locally on file.