Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) provide resources to school districts to address the impact the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has had and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. This supplemental funding opportunity, the Elementary and Secondary Education Emergency Relief II (ESSER II) Fund, is intended to help school districts safely reopen schools, and measure and effectively address significant learning loss.
The priorities of the ESSER II funds are to support activities authorized by:
Awards are based on each district's share of funds received under Title I, Part A of ESEA in fiscal year 2021.
Federal CFDA 84.425
FY21 ESSER II Fund allocations will be posted on the Grants Management website as soon as they are available.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available for this Fund Code, it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.
Districts are permitted to use ESSER II funds to address the impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. Please see the list of priorities above. In addition, in an effort to build capacity of public school districts and communities to facilitate integrated coordination of school and community-based resources, including but not limited to, social services, mental health and behavioral health resources, districts that receive ESSER II funds must commit a minimum of $10,000 to student mental health services and supports.
FY21: Upon approval – 6/30/2021 (Year 1) * orFY22: 7/1/2021 – 6/30/2022**
*The period of availability for FY21 grant awards will be extended into FY22 7/1/2021 – 6/30/2022 (Year 2) and FY23 7/1/2021 – 6/30/2023 (Year 3) and FY24 7/1/2023 – 9/30/2023 (Year 4).
**Extended periods of availability for FY22 ESSER II grant awards are allowed as follows: FY23 7/1/2022 – 6/30/2023 (Year 2) and FY24 7/1/2023 – 9/30/2023 (Year 3).
Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning
Federal Grants at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants should choose one based on district needs:
Option 1: Due date for FY21 fund use Wednesday, March 31, 2021: Applicants that intend to obligate any funds in FY21 (FY21 period of availability is upon approval – 6/30/2021) should submit by this deadline.
Option 2: Due date for FY22 fund use Friday, July 30, 2021: Applicants that do not intend to obligate any funds in FY21, but plan to begin using these funds in FY22 should submit by this deadline (FY22 period of availability is 7/1/2021 – 6/30/2022).
Note: A start date cannot be given until we have a substantially approvable information and budget for the grant.
Applicants that do not expect to obligate funds prior to June 30, 2021, should apply under the Option 2 deadline for FY22 funds.
Applicants may only legally claim expenses to the grant starting from the date of final DESE approval. The start date for the grant is the date on which the district submits substantially approvable budget and information for the grant.
Please carefully review and follow the instructions below to submit all required grant materials through EdGrants. Register to create projects under the proper funding opportunity based on desired ESSER II desired start date of fund use.
Applicants submitting for Option 1 FY21 funds due March 31, 2021:
Register to the funding opportunity named: DESE — FY21 Fund Code 115 — Elementary and Secondary Education Emergency Relief (ESSER II) (Fed) (ENT)
Create and name the project: FY21 FC 115 Applicant Name ESSER Applicant Number
For example, Abington (0001) would name the file as FY21 FC 115 Abington ESSER II 0001
Applicants submitting for Option 2 FY22 funds due July 30, 2021 (this funding Opportunity will be available in EdGrants on April 19th for grant submission):
Register to the funding opportunity named: DESE — FY22 Fund Code 115 — Elementary and Secondary Education Emergency Relief (ESSER II) (Fed) (ENT)
Create and name the project: FY22 FC 115 Applicant Name ESSER II Applicant Number
For example, Abington (0001) would name the file as FY22 FC 115 Abington ESSER II 0001
In EdGrants, district staff enter the grant budget, and upload all required documents listed in the Required Forms section of this RFP and outlined on the Attachments List section of the EdGrants Application Submission.
For additional submission instructions, see the "Read Me First" tab of the ESSER II Application workbook.
For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides and Information.
Please note: It is up to the district to determine who it wants to add as EdGrants Front Office users to submit the grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.
Last Updated: February 5, 2021
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