As part of the CARES Act for COVID-19 pandemic relief, Congress set aside more than $30 billion to help educational institutions provide safe and effective learning environments for students. This quick FAQ summarizes the funding available and how it can be used to purchase cleaning equipment.
What funding is available?
Under the CARES Act Education Stabilization Fund, there are two major funding sources that support K-12 education.
1. Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund ESSER consists of $13.2 billion allocated to state education departments to distribute to local educational agencies (LEAs), i.e., school districts and charter schools. There are 12 allowable uses of the money, one of which is “Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of a local educational agency, including buildings operated by such agency.”
Every state is responsible for allocating grants to individual LEAs. You can find information about your state’s award amount and distribution plans here.
2. The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund GEER is a flexible $3 billion fund to be used at the discretion of state governor’s offices. These funds have been used for a variety of purposes, including to purchase autonomous floor cleaning machines.