Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education.
Notice announcing application deadline.
Under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program, we award grants on a formula basis to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the unique needs of rural school districts. In this notice, we establish the deadline for submission of the fiscal year (FY) 2004 SRSA grant applications.
As discussed in this notice, some LEAs that are eligible for FY 2004 SRSA funds are considered already to have met the application requirement based on their previously submitted application and do not have to submit a new application to the Department to receive their FY 2004 SRSA grant awards.
Application Deadline: July 30, 2004, 4:30 p.m. eastern time.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Which LEAs Are Eligible for an Award Under the SRSA Program?
An LEA is eligible for an award under the SRSA Program if—
(a) The total number of students in average daily attendance at all of the schools served by the LEA is fewer than 600; or each county in which a school served by the LEA is located has a total population density of fewer than 10 persons per square mile; and
(b) All of the schools served by the LEA are designated with a school locale code of 7 or 8 by the Department's National Center for Education Statistics; or the Secretary has determined, based on a demonstration by the LEA and Start Printed Page 39444concurrence of the SEA, that the LEA is located in an area defined as rural by a governmental agency of the State.
The SRSA spreadsheets on the Department's Web site at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/reap.html identify which LEAs meet these requirements and are eligible to participate in the SRSA program.
Which Eligible LEAs Need Not Submit an Additional Application To Receive a FY 2004 SRSA Grant Award?
Under the regulations in 34 CFR 75.104(a), the Secretary makes grants only to an eligible party that submits an application. Given the limited purpose served by an application under this program, the Secretary considers this requirement to be met if—
(1) The LEA received a FY 2003 SRSA grant award; and
(2) The LEA had drawn down at least 80 percent of its FY 2002 award by June 30, 2004, if it received a FY 2002 SRSA grant award.
In this circumstance, unless the LEA advises the Secretary by the application deadline that it is withdrawing its application, the Secretary deems the application that the LEA previously submitted to remain in effect for FY 2004 funding, and the LEA does not have to submit an additional application. All other eligible LEAs must submit a new application to receive a FY 2004 grant award.
We have provided on the Department's Web site at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/reap.html a list of LEAs eligible for FY 2004 funds. The Web site also indicates which of these eligible LEAs must submit a new application to the Department to receive their FY 2004 SRSA grant award, and which eligible LEAs are considered already to have met the application requirement.
Eligible LEAs that must submit a new application in order to receive FY 2004 SRSA funding must do so electronically by the deadline established in this notice.
Electronic Submission of Applications
Unless it is listed on the Department's Web site as not required to submit a new application, an eligible LEA that seeks FY 2004 SRSA funding must submit an electronic application by July 30, 2004, 4:30 pm eastern time. Submission of an electronic application involves the use of the Department's Electronic Grant Application System (e-Application) available through the Department's e-GRANTS system.
You can access the electronic application for the SRSA Program at: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
Once you access this site, you will receive specific instructions regarding the information to include in your application.
The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m. Thursday until midnight, Saturday (Washington, DC time). Please note that the system is unavailable on Sundays, and after 7 p.m. on Wednesdays for maintenance (Washington, DC time).Start Further Info
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Dated: June 24, 2004.
Raymond J. Simon,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. 04-14861 Filed 6-29-04; 8:45 am]
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