COVID Education Relief Funding
ESSER Grant Qualifications
- Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) that aids in educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors
- Providing principals and other school leaders with resources necessary to address the needs of their individual schools
- Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in local educational agencies
- Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental afterschool programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months
- Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth
HEER Grant Qualifications
- Institutions may use the funds for Recipient’s Institutional Costs to purchase equipment or software, pay for online licensing fees, or pay for internet service to enable students to transition to distance learning as such costs are associated with a significant change in the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus
- The recommended usage also includes expanding remote learning programs, building IT capacity to support such programs, and training faculty and staff to operate effectively in a remote learning environment
Rethink K12 Grant Qualifications
- $180 million provided to states with the highest COVID-19 burden to address specific needs of public and non-public schools. Applications for this fund are due June 29th so allocations will be made over the summer. Targeting 10 to 13 grants to be issued. SEAs will apply for the grants
GEER Grant Qualifications
- All essential educational organizations are eligible for funding
- States are encouraged to use the allocated funds to continue distance learning efforts. The application is provides more insight as to what the funds are intended to be used for:
- Does the state intend to use any of the funds to support remote learning for all students? If so, how does the state plan to assess such learning, and how will they make sure that students with disabilities, students from low-income families, and charter and non-public students are all served?
- Does the state plan to use any of the funds to increase capacity via hardware, software, connectivity or instructional expertise?
- Does the state plan to use funding to develop new resources for remote learning, including best practices and innovations, and if so, what are the resources they have their eyes on?