Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)

This program is designed to assist rural school districts in using federal resources more effectively to improve the quality of instruction and student academic achievement. REAP includes two separate programs: the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program and the Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS) program. Eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) receive either an SRSA award or an RLIS award.

The Minnesota Department of Education administers the RLIS grant. Contact with questions about RLIS. 

The SRSA grant is administered directly by the US Department of Education. Contact the program officer listed below for inquires about SRSA.

The point of contact for LEAs at the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) can assist with any questions or concerns about the REAP grant application, grant funding, or performance issues:

Robert Hitchcock
Data Analyst and Program Officer
U.S. Department of Education
Rural, Insular, and Native Achievement
Telephone: (202)260-1472 | Email:
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In order to receive a Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) grant, an eligible LEA must be registered in the General Services Administration’s System for Award Management (SAM) with an active Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. For assistance with registering or updating your school district’s DUNS, call SAM’s toll-free number 1-866-606-8220 (EDT- 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or visit the website (