Title V, Part B, Subpart 1
The Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program is an extension of the 2001 REAP (Rural Education Achievement Program), with expanded eligibility, flexibility, and funding.
This program provides two benefits to eligible school districts:
- Additional funding from the U.S. Department of Education
- Alternative Fund Use Authority (AFUA)
To be eligible for Title V-B (1), districts must meet the following criteria:
1. Average daily attendance of fewer than 600 students or all schools in the LEA must reside within a county with a population density of fewer than 10 people per square mile (Forest and Iron Counties) and
2. Locale code of 41, 42, or 43, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Each year, approximately 120 Wisconsin school districts are eligible for Title V-B (1).
Districts are eligible to receive up to $60,000 in funds directly from the U.S. Department of Education. Funding is based on a federal formula using average daily attendance and FY Title II-A and IV-A allocations. Exact allocations will be made available from the U.S. Department of Education.
Title V-B(1) funds can be used for any activities authorized under these Titles:
- Title I-A (Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Education Agencies)
- Title II-A (Supporting Effective Instruction)
- Title III (Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students)
- Title IV-A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment)
Alternative Fund Use Authority (AFUA)
AFUA allows SRSA-eligible districts the opportunity to use any funds from Title II-A or Title IV-A (formula grant funds received under certain state-administered ESEA programs) to carry out activities under Title I-A, Title II-A, Title III-A, Title IV-A, and Title IV-B (all of the allowable uses of SRSA funds). Districts that wish to exercise AFUA should contact Mark Schwingle by March 1 each year.
Applying for SRSA
A list of eligible schools is available here. More information about the program can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's website: Rural Education Achievement Program and REAP Resources.
To receive Title V-B (1) funding, districts must apply directly to the U.S Department of Education. The Department contacts every SRSA-eligible district each winter. The district must complete an electronic grant application in the Max.gov web portal.