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The CARES Act & the Education Stabilization Fund

Passed in late March 2020, the CARES Act made $13.4B available for K–12 education via the states through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), and $3B available through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), for distribution of funds to districts and charter management organizations. Funding may be used for a variety of purposes, including instructional materials (digital and print), as long as it is used for “activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services and LEAs.”

The CARES Act & the Education Stabilization Fund

Passed in late March 2020, the CARES Act made $13.4B available for K–12 education via the states through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), and $3B available through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), for distribution of funds to districts and charter management organizations. Funding may be used for a variety of purposes, including instructional materials (digital and print), as long as it is used for “activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services and LEAs.”

Use CARES ESSER Funds to ensure learning continuity with Amplify.

Amplify helps school leaders bridge the gap between classroom learning and remote learning by providing flexible, high-quality instructional materials. These six CARES Act spending categories specifically align with Amplify programs and trainings. For a full list of allowable uses, please review this document from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Amplify is an allowable expense. All Amplify programs and trainings meet these six CARES Act ESSER requirements:

 
Allowable use #1
Activities that support federal requirements, including ESEA; Title I, II, III, and IV; and the CARES Act
Allowable use #3
Resources for principals and school leaders to address school needs
Allowable use #4
Services for at-risk or minority students
Allowable use #12
Activities that help districts maintain operations, services, and employment
Allowable use #11
Summer school and after-school summer programs for at-risk and minority students
Allowable use #9
Edtech software to support online learning

For a downloadable version, click here.

CARES Act funding FAQ

If you are curious about CARES Act funding and whether you can use it to purchase Amplify programs, please review the following questions and answers. We are also happy to help you with specific application questions. To speak with our team, please contact us by phone at (800) 823-1969.

 

  • I would like to make a purchase, but how do I proceed if my budget has been reduced?

    All of Amplify’s solutions are eligible for CARES Act funding. You may be able to access that funding as well.

  • How can I access CARES Act funding?

    Please see your state’s application information in the following charts on this page. Applications verify your compliance with federal regulations. Guidance from the federal government states that CARES Act funding can be used for a broad range of COVID-related purposes, and Amplify programs are an excellent fit.

  • Are you sure Amplify programs are eligible?

    Absolutely. The language in the CARES Act states that funding can be used to address pandemic impacts to student learning, including delivery of instruction during school closures and development and implementation of plans for the return to normal operations. Amplify programs can help educators do those things.

  • What if my school or district is planning to spend our funding on devices and broadband access?

    Those are important areas for investment. You have to build a bridge to reach kids wherever they are. But we’ve been talking to a lot of educators who are also concerned with what happens once that bridge is built. With disruptions in instruction, testing, and daily routines, the quality of curriculum and assessment content is more important than ever. Once you reach the kids, Amplify has what you need to help them.

  • Can you help us fill out an application?

    Yes. The applications typically verify that you agree to the rules. We are happy to provide you with information that could be helpful as you provide that verification. Please contact us by phone at (800) 823-1969.

  • We already submitted our application. Is it too late to spend the money with you?

    It’s likely not too late. Many state applications do not require specific expenditure details. We are happy to review your specific application with you. Please contact us by phone at (800) 823-1969.

  • Do you have any information about the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)?

    The ESSER Fund was established as part of the Education Stabilization Fund in the CARES Act so state educational agencies (SEAs) can award subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the impact of COVID-19. Please see this downloadable U.S. Department of Education ESSER FAQ for more information.

  • Do you have any information about the The Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)?

    The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) allows governors to decide how best to meet the needs of students, schools, postsecondary institutions, and other education-related organizations in their states. Please see this downloadable U.S. Department of Education GEER FAQ for more information.

K–12 CARES Act application processes by state: ESSER

The ESSER Fund was established as part of the Education Stabilization Fund in the CARES Act so state educational agencies (SEAs) can award subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the impact of COVID-19. We have compiled the following published state guidance for K–12 CARES Act applications. Where we could not verify published guidance on dates or applications, we recommend you contact the state department of education for more information. We are also happy to help you with specific application questions. To speak with our team, please contact us by phone at (800) 823-1969.

State Guidance LEA subgrant application posted Due date
AL Yes, an FAQ is posted here. Yes. It is available here. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
AK Yes, guidance is posted in a memo here. Yes. Grant awards and dates are available here. Posted due date: 06/30/20.
AZ Yes, guidance is posted here. Yes. Please see information here. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
AR Yes, guidance is available here. Yes. Please see the information here. Posted due date: 05/29/20
CA Yes, guidance is available here. Yes. This information explains it’s been posted and LEAs need to fill out assurances, then will get an individual password. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
CO Yes, CO has posted general guidance here. Yes, the application is available here. The due date is 12/31/20. You can find more information here.
CT Yes, guidance is available here. Yes. Applications are available here. Posted due date: 07/23/20.
DE No, not at the time of this writing. Check here for updates. Yes, the application has been released to LEAs on an internal grant application system. LEAs have one year from the date of state application to complete the sub-grant application. Approximately a year from now. Please check with DOE for more information.
GA Yes, the state has posted an FAQ here. Yes, the application can be accessed here. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
FL No, not at the time of this writing. Check back here for updates. This says that the toolkit was released 06/11; we’re currently trying to locate that toolkit on the FLDOE website According to this document, LEAs must submit the CARES Toolkit by 06/30
ID Yes, ID DOE has posted a PDF of its slide show from a webinar here. Yes, the application is located here. Information about the application process is located here. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
IN Yes, guidance is available here. Yes. The application is posted to this portal. Posted due date: 06/30/20. Please check with DOE for more information.
IL Yes, the board posted guidance that can be accessed here. The application is available on a username/password gated site. Applications are due 6/30. Please see the application available on the username/password gated site.
IA Yes, guidance is available here. Yes, the application became available on 5/5 and closed 5/11. See p. 2 for details. Posted due date: 5/11. IA allocated the money to LEAs on 05/13. Allocations are available here.
KS Yes, the state published this link to a webinar on 5/4. Yes, the application is posted here. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
KY Yes, guidance for GEER funds are available here. KY awarded its CARES Act funds (GEER funds only) via Title I allocation. Please see information posted here. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
LA Yes, guidance is available here. LA’s CARES Act (ESSER) funds have been released under the “strong start” initiative. Under this model, LEAs can apply for their share of federal CARES funds and competitive state incentive grants. Yes, LA posted application materials here. It is our understanding that LA’s application process has closed. However, check with the DOE for related application updates and additional information here.
MA Yes, guidance is available here. Yes, the application is posted here. MA provides two deadlines for LEAs (6/15 and 7/1). Please refer to this doc for additional details.
MI Yes, an FAQ is available here. Yes, the application was made available in the MEGS+ portal on 05/08. The due date for the application is 9/30.
MN As of this writing, we could not locate guidance. Please check with DOE for more information. Yes. The ESSER application is available here and the GEER application is available here. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
MO Yes, guidance is available here. Yes, the application page is available here. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE and the state guidance document for more information.
MS Yes, guidance is available here. Yes, the application is available on a grants platform. Posted due date: 07/10/20.
MT Yes, guidance is available here. Yes it is available, according to this document. As of this writing, we could not locate an application. Please check with DOE for more information. Posted due date: 06/30/20.
NV Yes, guidance is available on pages 4-5 here. Yes, the application is posted, according to this document. Here is another document on the ESSER app. Posted due date: 07/31/20.
NH Yes, guidance is available here. Yes, guidance is posted here. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
NJ Yes, guidance is available here. Yes, the applications is available in the Electronic Web Enabled Grant (EWEG) system here. The due date is 6/19/20.
NY Yes, preliminary guidance is available here. Yes. The press release is located here.

They are asking that LEAs submit the application through this portal.

Posted due date: 8/15/2020.
NM No, not at the time of this writing. The application is available here. Posted due date: 06/01/20.
NC Yes, guidance is available here. As of this writing, we could not locate an application. Please check with DOE for more information. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
ND Yes, guidance is available here. Yes, the application is available here. The due date is 8/1.
OK Yes, see this guidance as outlined on 5/11. Yes, the application is posted on the GMS page, and further information should be posted on the DOE federal grants page. Please check with DOE for more information. . Posted due date: 06/30/20
OR As of this writing, we could not locate guidance. Please check with DOE for more information.  Yes, the application is available here. Posted due date: 05/31/21.
PA Yes, an FAQ is available here. Yes, the DOE website directs application inquiries to the eGrants system here. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
RI No, not at the time of this writing. They have posted a “soft public release” here. Posted due date: 10/31/20.
SC Yes, guidance is available here. The allocation for each LEA is here. Yes. Information is available here. Posted due date: 07/31/20.
SD Yes, guidance is available here and here. Yes, here are instructions for the application. The grant system can be found here. Please check with DOE for more information. . As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information
TN TN has established a stimulus task force to review federally permitted uses of CARES funds. See this link for more information. Yes, applications are available in the state’s ePlan system beginning 05/26. District allocations are available here.

 

Posted due date: 6/15/20
TX Yes, please see this link for more information. Yes, it is a two part grant. Part I is here, what LEAs plan to spend, when it will be spent, and equitable services. Part II is here, the budget portion. Posted due date: 08/24/20.
UT Yes, guidance is available here. Yes. Please check with DOE for more information. Posted due date: 6/30/20.
VT Yes, guidance is available here with updates posted here. Recent federal funding guidance is available here. Yes. The announcement is available here. LEAs are directed to the Grant Management System. As of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
VA Yes, guidance is available here. Yes, LEAs may submit reimbursement requests to the DOE via the OMEGA system. Application guidance is available here. Reimbursement requests must be submitted to the DOE by November 15, 2022.
WA Yes, OSPI released guidance on 5/8 as found on this state website, entitled “preliminary guidance and estimates for school districts” as an xls). Click on this link for more. Yes, it appears so. Please find the information here.   Response to an email recieved 06/09 stated: “Our timing is dependent upon approval from the fiscal department of the Governor’s office. Once we receive approval, districts will be able to apply for the grant and funds can be obligated until 09/30/22.” The website states: “ESSER Funds are available to districts as soon as their application is approved by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and all funds must be obligated by September 30, 2022.
WV Not at the time of this writing. We expect it to be posted here. Allocations are available here. Please check with DOE for more information. Not at the time of this writing.

Last updated: July 24, 2020

K–12 CARES Act application processes by state: GEER

The CARES Act provides these funds for governors to provide emergency support via grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that the state educational agency (SEA) deems have been most significantly impacted by the coronavirus. We have compiled the following published state guidance for K–12 GEER Fund applications. For information regarding specific state requirements, including allowable expenses, please see the state application column for further details. Where we could not verify published guidance on dates or applications, we recommend you contact the state department of education for more information. We are also happy to help you with specific application questions. To speak with our team, please contact us by phone at (800) 823-1969.

State State application and related state guidance Due date
AK Yes, it was posted in May here. At the time of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
FL Yes, a toolkit is available. The toolkit was due 06/30/20, but the budget period is through 08/30/20.
GA Governor Kemp announced the first distribution of GEER funds. Please check here. At the time of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
IL Yes. This news release indicates that the GEER application has been released. It appears to be here. Posted due date: 08/20/20
IN Yes. The application is available here. The general GEER page is here. Posted due date: 07/17/20
KY Yes. The application is available here. Posted due date: 07/31/20
LA The LA grant management sysrtem is available here. At the time of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
ME The Coronavirus Relief Fund application guide is available here. At the time of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
MD Yes. The application is available here. Posted due date: 07/29/20
MN Yes, it is available on this system. Not at the time of this writing.
NV Coronavirus Relief Funding information is available here. Posted due date: 08/26/20
NJ Yes, it is available here. Not at the time of this writing.
NY Per this release, GEER applications have been released. LEAs can access the application here. An FAQ is published here. Posted due date: 08/15/20
NC No, not at the time of this writing. Not at the time of this writing.
OK It is posted. Posted due date: 06/22/20
PA The link to this grant application page is available on their CARES Act website. Please check back here. At the time of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.
TN This press release states it has been posted. Please check here. At the time of this writing, we could not locate a due date. Please check with DOE for more information.

Last updated: August 28, 2020