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Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education.


Notice announcing application deadline.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number 84.358A.


Under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) Program, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) awards 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 fiscal year (FY) 2009 SRSA grant applications.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2009, 4:30:00 p.m. Washington, DC time.

An eligible LEA that is required to submit an application must do so electronically by the application deadline specified in this notice. If it submits its application after this deadline, the LEA will receive a grant award only to the extent that funds are available after the Department awards grants to other eligible LEAs under the program.

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Which LEAs Are Eligible for an Award Under the SRSA program?

An LEA (which includes public charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law) 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 (NCES), or the Secretary has determined, based on a demonstration by the LEA and concurrence of the State educational agency (SEA), that the LEA is located in an area defined as rural by a governmental agency of the State.

The school locale codes are the locale codes determined on the basis of the NCES school code methodology in place on the date of enactment of section 6211(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended.

Which Eligible LEAs Must Submit an Application To Receive a FY 2009 SRSA Grant Award?

An eligible LEA must submit an application to receive a FY 2009 SRSA grant award if it falls under any of the following categories:

1. The LEA never submitted an application for SRSA funds in any prior year;

2. The LEA received an SRSA grant award for FY 2006 and, as of December 31, 2008, had not drawn down from the Department's Grant Administration and Payment System any of its FY 2006 SRSA funds;

3. The LEA was identified in a prior year as needing to re-apply for SRSA funds because of the absence of drawdown activity, but did not do so.

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 the application under the SRSA program, the Secretary considers the application requirement to be met if the LEA submitted an SRSA application for any prior year and does not fall under any of the categories listed above requiring the submission of a new application. 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 2009 funding, and the LEA does not have to submit an additional application.

The Department intends to provide, by April 30, 2009, a list of LEAs eligible for FY 2009 funds on the SRSA Web site at​programs/​reapsrsa/​index.html under the “Eligibility” hyperlink. The Web site will indicate which eligible LEAs must submit a new application to the Department to receive an FY 2009 SRSA Start Printed Page 19210grant 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 2009 SRSA funds must do so electronically by the deadline established in this notice.

Electronic Submission of Applications:

An eligible LEA that is required to submit an application to receive FY 2009 SRSA funds must submit an electronic application by June 30, 2009, 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC 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:

Once you access this site, you will receive specific instructions regarding the information to include in your application.

The 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 8 p.m. Sunday, Washington, DC time. Please note that, because of maintenance, the system is unavailable between 8 p.m. on Sundays and 6 a.m. on Mondays, and between 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6 a.m. on Thursdays, Washington, DC time. Any modifications to these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site.

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Mr. Eric Schulz, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3W107, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 401-0039 or by e-mail:

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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7345-7345b.

Delegation of Authority: The Secretary of Education has delegated to Joseph C. Conaty, Director, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, the authority to perform the functions of the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Dated: April 23, 2009.

Joseph C. Conaty,

Director, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs.

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[FR Doc. E9-9668 Filed 4-27-09; 8:45 am]