Title Vi - Rural & Low Income Schools Program (rlis)

The Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2 program is funded under the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) and is designed to assist rural school districts in using Federal resources more effectively to improve the quality of instruction and student academic achievement. REAP consists of two separate programs – the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program and the Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS) program.

The SRSA program is a rural school initiative with two components. One that provides eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) with greater flexibility in using the formula grant funds that they receive under certain State-administered Federal programs; known as REAP-Flex (alternative uses of funds authority). This component does not provide for any funding but give LEAs latitude in spending funds that they receive under other Federal programs to support a wide range of local activities that support both school improvement and student achievement. The second component is the actual awarding of SRSA funds directly to eligible LEAs from the United States Department of Education (USDE) on a formula basis.

The RLIS program authorizes formula grant awards to State Educational Agencies (SEAs), which in turn make subgrants to eligible LEAs by formula. The RLIS Program is intended to meet the unique needs of rural and low-income districts by providing resources and flexibility to supplement selected NCLB priorities. Challenges faced by these districts often include the lack of personnel and resources needed to compete effectively for Federal competitive grants and formula grant allocations in amounts too small to be effective in meeting their intended purpose.

The guidelines for eligibility are established by the USDE. An LEA is eligible if:


  • Each school within the LEA must have a locale code of 6, 7, or 8 as assigned by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
  • The LEA must not meet the eligibility requirements for the SRSA program.


  • The LEA must have a total ADA of less than 600 students; or
  • Serve only schools that are located in counties that have a population density of fewer than 10 persons per square mile; and
  • Serve only schools that have an NCES school locale code of 7 or 8 (as assigned by USDE NCES); or
  • Be located in an area of the State defined as rural by a governmental agency of the State.

Title VI Data and Reporting

Title VI Technical Assistance

Title VI Additional Resources

Title VI Contacts

  • State Coordinator for Rural and Low Income Schools, Office of Title I Programs
    Desk Phone: 850-245-0682
    Main Line: 850-245-0414
    Fax: 850-245-0697

  • Program Specialist IV, Office of Title I Programs
    Desk Phone: 850-245-9984
    Main Line: 850-245-0414
    Fax: 850-245-0697