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Federal COVID Funding

The United States Congress has provided several rounds of funding to school districts across the nation to assist with COVID-related expenses.


American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law on March 11, 2021. It is a massive economic package - the third in a series provided by the federal government - addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARP
ARP ESSER Preliminary Allocations
Checklist: Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan
Template: ARP ESSER LEA Plan
Presentation: ARP ESSER Construction Projects


Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA)

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed into law Dec. 27, 2020. It is considered a sequel to the CARES Act.

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II)
ESSER II Guidance for Public Schools
ESSER II Preliminary Allocations (Updated: 3/18/2021)
ESSER II Fact Sheet

Emergency Assistance To Non-Public Schools (EANS)
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. It provides money for the EANS fund as part of the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), which was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) in March 2020. On March 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education released further guidance for the EANS program.
Emergency Assistance To Non-Public Schools (EANS)
EANS Frequently Asked Questions
EANS Preliminary Share 2021
EANS Guidance to Schools
EANS Application Template


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It includes several grant programs to help educational entities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus:

  1. Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)
  2. Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)
  3. Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)

ESSER
ESSER Application Instructions
ESSER Fact Sheet
ESSER I Final Allocations
FAQs ESSER Fund
US ED ESSER website
SPED MOE Q&A
April 29 Memo from South Dakota Department of Education


GEER
GEER I Guidance to Education Cooperatives
GEER Coop Application Template
GEER Afterschool program Application


CRF
ESSER Coronavirus Relief Funds Calculations (Updated: 03/29/2021)
September 2020 CRF Payment