Partners and Friends,

Welcome to the Education Almanac, rural updates from the U.S. Department of Education. Each month, the Office of Rural and Community Engagement at the U.S. Department of Education highlights opportunities, events, news, and other information relevant to rural schools and communities. We will also feature schools and leaders who are rethinking education in order to make a positive difference in rural students’ lives. We welcome your feedback and questions. Please feel free to share them to rural@ed.gov.

Thank you,

Michael Chamberlain
Office of Rural and Community Engagement
U.S. Department of Education

 
Opportunities from ED

RURAL EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM NEWS

On July 1, the Rural Education Achievement Program awarded over $90 million in formula funding to State educational agencies (SEAs) for the 2019-20 school year through the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program. If you believe your school district is eligible to receive funds under the RLIS program you can check school district eligibility status here. If eligible, contact your SEA RLIS coordinator for more information on how to apply for RLIS funds. This Federal grant program is designed specifically for rural school districts that lack the personnel and resources to compete effectively for Federal grants.

SCHOOL SAFETY


The School Climate Transformation Grant Program – Local Educational Agency Grants provides competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing a multi-tiered system of support, for improving school climate. This application has a priority for LEAs that are rural or serve a Tribal community. A technical assistance webinar is scheduled for July 8 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The application deadline is July 22.

Project Prevent provides grants to LEAs to increase their capacity to help schools in communities with pervasive violence to better address the needs of affected students and to break the cycle of violence in those communities. A technical assistance webinar is scheduled for July 8 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The application deadline is July 15. 

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS

The American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services program provides vocational rehabilitation services, including culturally appropriate services, to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations. Applications may be made only by Indian Tribes (and consortia of those Indian Tribes) located on Federal and State reservations. The application deadline is July 29.

The Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions Program provides grants to Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions that do not receive Federal support under certain other programs for Career and Technical Education programs for Indian students. The application deadline is July 25.

The State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP): Tribal Education Agency Development Discretionary Grant Program is designed to promote Tribal self-determination in education; improve the academic achievement of Indian children and youth; and promote the coordination and collaboration of Tribal educational agencies with SEAs and LEAs to meet the unique education and culturally related academic needs of Indian students. The application deadline is August 12.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

The Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP): State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants Program provides grants to eligible States to help them establish or enhance, and administer, a per-pupil facilities aid program for charter schools in the State, that is specified in State law, and provides annual financing, on a per-pupil basis, for charter school facilities. The application deadline is July 19.

The Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP): Grants for Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities program provides grants to eligible entities to demonstrate innovative methods of helping charter schools to address the cost of acquiring, constructing, and renovating facilities by enhancing the availability of loans and bond financing. The application deadline is July 19.

The Grants to Charter School Developers for the Opening of New Charter Schools and for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools program provides funds to charter school developers on a competitive basis to enable them to open new charter schools or replicate or expand high-quality charter schools. Eligibility for a grant under this competition is limited to charter school developers in States that do not currently have a CSP State Entity grant. This application contains a rural priority. The application deadline is August 2.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

The Strengthening Institutions Program provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education to help them become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution's academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability. The application deadline is July 19.

The Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program is designed to effect long-range improvement in science and engineering education at predominantly minority institutions and to increase the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into scientific and technological careers, consistent with nondiscrimination requirements contained in the U.S. Constitution and Federal civil rights laws. The application deadline is July 19.

The Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program provides competitive grants to support and demonstrate innovative partnerships to train school-based mental health services providers for employment in schools and LEAs. LEAs that meet the eligibility requirements for the Small, Rural School Achievement program or the RLIS program are among those that qualify as high-need LEAs. A technical assistance webinar is scheduled for July 8 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The application deadline is August 15.


 

 

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