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Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS)

Contact Information

Rural Education Achievement

Tony May

The Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS) program (Title V, Part B, Subpart 2) provides grant funds to rural school districts that serve concentrations of children from low-income families.

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 Average Daily Attendance (ADA) in all school districts eligible to participate.


  1. 20 percent or more of children served (ages 5-17) are from families with incomes below the poverty line, and
  2. All schools served have a locale code of 32, 33, 41, 42, or 43 as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Use of Funds

Recipients may use program funds to conduct the following activities:

  • Activities authorized under ESEA, Title I, Part A (Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs)
  • Activities authorized under ESEA, Title II, Part A (Supporting Effective Instruction)
  • Activities authorized under ESEA, Title III (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students)
  • Activities authorized under ESEA, Title IV, Part A (Student Support & Academic Enrichment)

How to Apply

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