Rural Education Achievement Program

The Rural Education Achievement Program provides funds to support students and teachers in rural locations to improve achievement levels to meet the State standards in education. School administrative units (SAUs) may be eligible for one of two federal grants: Small Rural Schools Achievement (SRSA)Grant or the Rural Low-Income Schools (RLIS) Grant. These formula grants are part of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, reauthorization under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title V Flexibility and Accountability.

The U.S. Department of Education provides the SRSA grant to small, local, rural SAUs (fewer than 600 students in the SAU in daily attendance). SAUs that meet the guideline criteria may use their funding in a variety of ways to support or supplement programs for teachers and students.

The RLIS grant is a formula grant Maine distributes to eligible rural SAUs that meet the Title IA poverty criteria and are classified as rural communities.

Three factors determine an SAU’s eligibility for the grants:

  1. Locale code issued to each SAU by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
  2. Average daily attendance from the beginning through the end of the 2016-17 school year
  3. Poverty level as determined by either NCES or the ESEA Title IA alternate poverty data

*New* 2018-19 Title V (REAP) Initial District Eligibility (Excel, 55KB)

What Districts Need to Know About the Small Rural Schools Grant  (From US DOE) (PDF, 1MB)

Locale Code Information

Locale Code Lookup

Rural Education Achievement Program Title VI-B, Subpart 2: Rural and Low-Income Grant Consolidated Application Guidance (PDF, 506KB) presentation


Daniel Weeks
Rural Education Program Director
Maine Department of Education