CARES Act Funding

CARES Act Funding

This webpage is designed to summarize the various funding streams made available to schools and districts as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On March 27, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, authorizing $2.2 trillion in federal economic aid in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The act includes a number of funding streams to support the education community's response to the public health emergency.

CARES Act funding by local education agency​ 
CARES Act Funding for Ohio Schools and Districts

Click on a funding source below for more infomation.

 

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)

Amount: $489.2 million

Source: U.S. Department of Education

USAS Fund Code: 507

Who: Traditional public school districts and community schools (with nonpublic schools receiving nonpublic equitable services).

How: Funds to schools and districts were awarded based on the percent of total Title I funds each entity receives. While funds were allocated using the Title I formula, the funds have broad allowable uses.

When: Funds were loaded into the Ohio Department of Education’s grants management system (CCIP) in late May.

What: Funds are available for expenditures between March 13, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2022, with 12 allowable uses. Of the federal funds made available to schools, these dollars have the greatest flexibility. Funds can support any allowable activity under existing federal funds (Title I, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Perkins, etc.), expenses directly related to the pandemic, as well as “other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of continuity of services.”

Other Information: Ninety percent of ESSER funds were allocated via subsidy to schools and districts ($440.3 million). The remaining 10 percent ($48.9 million) is available for state activities, including the newly announced RemotEDx connectivity and remote education enhancement concept. It is possible that some schools and districts will directly or indirectly receive a portion of these funds. The state activity funds have not been awarded or allocated. More information on the grant funding allocated directed to schools is available on the Department's website.

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Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)

Amount: $100 million allocated to schools

Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury

USAS Fund Code: 510

Who: Traditional public school districts, community schools, STEM schools, joint vocational school districts, county boards of developmental disabilities and nonpublic schools.

How: Funds to schools and districts were allocated based on a formula that takes into consideration enrollment, special populations (students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students and English learners) and transportation costs.

When: Funds were approved by the Ohio Controlling Board on July 13, 2020, and loaded into CCIP on Aug. 6, 2020. All entities, including nonpublic schools, will access funds directly in CCIP.

What: Funds are available for expenditures that meet the following criteria:  
  • Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19;
  • Were not accounted for in the budget for the government most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act); and
  • Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends Dec. 30, 2020.
Other Information: The allocation amount was determined by the Governor's Office and is part of the larger $3.7 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund made available to the state of Ohio. Funds primarily have been distributed to local governments (some of which subsequently has been provided to schools and districts). Libraries, colleges and universities, and other government and nongovernmental entities have received CRF funding. Unlike ESSER and Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER), nonpublic equitable services are not a requirement of CRF. While the state Office of Budget and Management ultimately is responsible for oversight of the grant, the Department is administering the education-related funding. More information is available on the CCIP website.

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BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant - CRF

Amount: $50 million

Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury

USAS Fund Code: 510

Who: Traditional public school districts, community schools, STEM schools, educational service centers, joint vocational school districts, county boards of developmental disabilities and nonpublic schools.

How: An application managed by the Management Council of the Ohio Education Computer Network (MCOECN) was made available to eligible entities Aug. 10-21, 2020. Schools and districts were permitted to request up to $250,000 for economically disadvantaged students, vulnerable children and youth, students with chronic conditions and students who do not have other access to the internet.

When: Funds were approved by the Ohio Controlling Bard on July 27, 2020, and announced by the Lt. Governor the following day. Award recipients will be announced the week of Aug. 31, 2020. Funds will be disbursed through the CCIP.  
What: Funds were made available for the following: home internet paid for by the district for students; hotspots/Mi-Fis with a service plan; mobile spots; public Wi-Fi infrastructure; and other technology that provides a connection for students. Funds also must meet the larger requirement of the CRF, meaning expenditures must meet the following criteria:
  • Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19;
  • Were not accounted for in the budget for the government most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act); and
  • Were incurred during the period that begins on July 1, 2020, and ends Dec. 30, 2020.
Other Information: The allocation amount was determined by the Governor’s Office and is part of the larger $3.7 billion CRF made available to the state of Ohio. More information is available on the BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant website

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Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER)

Amount: $104.5 million ($18.05 million allocated to date)

Source: U.S. Department of Education

USAS Fund Code: 508

Who: Educational service centers, county boards of developmental disabilities, Ohio School for the Blind and Ohio School for the Deaf.

How: Fundingallocations were determined by enrollment for educational service centers and county boards of developmental disabilities, with a flat amount of funds provided to Ohio School for the Blind and Ohio School for the Deaf.

When: Funds were approved by the Ohio Controlling Board on Aug. 24, 2020. Funds will be disbursed through CCIP on a date yet to be determined.

What: Funds are available for expenditures between March 13, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2022, to support activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s Office has placed the same restrictions on these funds, as exist in the ESSER Grant. More information is available on the CCIP website.

Other Information: The Governor’s Office is the recipient of GEER, and funds are likely to be shared between K-12, higher education and other related education entities. In addition to the funds related for K-12 on Aug. 24, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services was allocated $9 million to support payments to child care providers serving school-age students who are being educated in a remote environment.

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Last Modified: 10/27/2020 5:04:02 PM