Schools or other local education agencies now have until May 15 to complete Small School Rural Achievement (SRSA) applications. The purpose of the SRSA program is to fund initiatives aimed at improving student academic achievement.

Local education agencies (LEAs) are entitled to funds if they meet basic eligibility and application requirements. For more information on the application process, view the SRSA Notice of Application Deadline in the Federal Register.

To increase flexibility, the performance period for all grants awarded in FY 2019, and all subsequent awards, also have been extended by 12 months. Starting with FY 2019 funds, SRSA grantees have 27 months to obligate SRSA grant funds.

As a result, the obligation (spending commitment) and liquidation (drawdown funds from G5) deadlines for FY 2019 SRSA funds are extended 12 months, to Sept. 30, 2021, and Dec. 30, 2021, respectively. SRSA grants awarded in FY 2020 will have an obligation deadline of Sept. 30, 2022, and a liquidation deadline of Dec. 30, 2022.

Uses of Funds

Some examples of how the funds can be used, based on federal programs, include:

  • Title I-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-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 after-school enrichment program for English learners.
  • Title IV-A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment
    Example: A school district purchases a bully prevention program for all schools.
  • Title IV-B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers
    Example: A school district purchases instruments to supplement schools’ band and orchestra programs.