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Federal Grant Programs

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

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund), authorized under section 18003 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), provides districts with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. Districts must provide equitable services to students and teachers in non-public schools as required under the CARES Act.

Resources for Program Directors

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All materials needed to apply for ESSER funds are posted with the grant RFP
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ESSER allocation amounts by district
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ESSER Quick Reference Guide
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Federal Grants Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 — Updated 9/28/2020
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ESSER Webinar
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COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools
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Fact Sheet: Use of US Department of Education grant funds for employee compensation and cancelled activities or travel


Last Updated: October 1, 2020

 
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