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.
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:
- Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)
- Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)
- Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)
|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 I Guidance to Education Cooperatives|
|GEER Coop Application Template|
|ESSER Coronavirus Relief Funds Calculations (Updated: 03/29/2021)|
|September 2020 CRF Payment|
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|
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|
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.