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Rural Education Achievement Program

Rural and Low-Income Schools Program
Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2

The Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS) Program provides grant funds to rural school districts that serve concentrations of children from low-income families. RLIS funds support a range of authorized activities in order to assist the school districts in meeting the state's definition of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Awards are issued annually to OSPI, which makes subgrants to the state's school districts that meet the applicable requirements. The amount of funding a state receives is based on its proportionate share of children in ADA in all school districts eligible to participate.

Download the complete list of Eligible RLIS Districts 2016-17 (PDF).


  1. 20 percent or more of children served (ages 5-17) are from families with incomes below the poverty line
  2. All schools served have a locale code of 6, 7, or 8
  3. Are not eligible to participate in the SRSAP program.

Use of Funds

Recipients may use program funds to conduct the following activities:

  • Teacher recruitment and retention, including the use of signing bonuses and other financial incentives;
  • Teacher professional development, including programs that train teachers to use technology to improve teaching and that train teachers of students with special needs;
  • Support for educational technology, including software and hardware, that meets the requirements of ESEA, Title II, Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology; # 84.318);
  • Parental involvement activities;
  • Activities authorized under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities: State Grants program (ESEA, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1; # 84.186A);
  • Activities authorized under ESEA, Title I, Part A (Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs; # 84.010); or
  • Activities authorized under ESEA, Title III (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students).

How to Apply

Local education agencies (school districts) are responsible for submitting an application through iGrants Form Package 262.


Resources from the U.S. Department of Education

RLIS Program Overview

Contact Information

Tony May, (360) 725-6231
Program Specialist II

   Updated 2/16/2017

Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA  98504-7200  360-725-6000  TTY 360-664-3631
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