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The CRRSA Act & the Education Stabilization Fund

In December 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, which made stimulus funding available for K–12 schools and districts through two funds: the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER II) fund. This funding may be used for a variety of purposes.

The CRRSA Act & the Education Stabilization Fund

In December 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, which made stimulus funding available for K–12 schools and districts through two funds: the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER II) fund. This funding may be used for a variety of purposes.

Use CRRSA funds to address learning recovery and acceleration with Amplify.

Amplify helps school leaders address learning recovery and acceleration and provides flexible, high-quality instructional materials. Seven spending categories from CRRSA ESSER II align with Amplify programs and trainings. For a full list of allowable uses, please review this CRRSA document from the U.S. Department of Education.

Amplify is an allowable expense. All Amplify programs and trainings meet these seven requirements:

Allowable use #1
Activities that support federal requirements, including ESEA; Title I, II, III, and IV; and IDEA

Allowable use #3
Resources for principals and school leaders to address school needs

Allowable use #4
Activities for low-income students, students with disabilities, or minority students

Allowable use #9
Edtech software to support educational interaction between teachers and students

Allowable use #11
Summer school and after-school summer programs for low-income students, students with disabilities, or minority students

Allowable use #12
Activities that measure and address learning loss among low-income students, students with disabilities, or minority students

Allowable use #15
Activities that help districts maintain operations, services, and employment

For a downloadable version, click here.

CRRSA funding FAQ

If you are curious about CRRSA 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 the new CRRSA funding. You may be able to access that funding as well.

  • How can I access the new CRRSA funding?

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

  • Are you sure Amplify programs are eligible?

    Absolutely. The language in CRRSA states that funding can be used to address pandemic impacts to student learning, including delivery of instruction during school closures, addressing learning loss, 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, assessment, 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. 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 II (ESSER II)?

    The ESSER Fund was established as part of the Education Stabilization Fund in CRRSA, 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 II Fact sheet for more information.

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

    The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund II (GEERII) 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 Fact Sheet for more information.

K–12 CRRSA funding application processes by state: ESSER II

We have compiled the following published state guidance for K–12 CRRSA ESSER II funding 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 Application posted Due date
AK Yes, the guidance is here. Yes. The application is live in the grant management system as of 02/16/21. 4/30/2021
AZ Yes, the powerpoint from a webinar is here. Yes, the application is open in the GME.

Additionally, the DOE is hosting a webinar about the ESSER II application. You can register here on 02/24/21.

Not at the time of this writing.
AR Yes, a presentation with general guidance is here. Yes, the application/addendum is available in AR’s grants management system. The completed addendum is due 02/01/21.
CA Not at the time of this writing.  Yes. Assurances are live in their grant management portal here. 03/19/21
CO Yes, the guidance is here. A fact sheet is here. Yes, the application is available in the grant management system here. 9/30/2021
CT Yes, broad guidance is here. Yes. It’s open in the grant management system here. It’s due 04/05/21
IL Yes, a presentation is here. Yes, ISBE sent a notification to LEAs that the application is available in the IWAS (grant management system). As soon as possible. No later than 06/30/21.
IA Yes, general guidance is available here. LEAs only have to complete “assurances” for this round of ESSER funds: Since CRSSA’s ESSER II is a supplement to ESSER I, districts with an approved ESSER I application do not need to apply for ESSER II. However, they must complete assurances in the CASA system about the use of CRRSA Act funds. 1/31/2021
KY Not at the time of this writing. However, they do mention the ESSER II allocations here. Possibly. It appears that the state has already distributed its funds. You can find the list of awards here.

Please check back here.

Not at the time of this writing,
ME Yes, a general FAQ for both ESSER I and ESSER II is here. Yes, it is available in their grant management system. Not at the time of this writing.
MA Yes, the ESSER website is here. Yes. Application information is available here. 3/31/2021
MD This announcement confirms that LEAs will need to submit applications. However, it’s unclear when and where. There is no application. An email from the DOE said: “There is no application for ESSER. These are formula grants that will go directly to school systems.” N/A
MO Yes, the general website with various ESSER II links is here. Yes, the application is posted in their grant management system. Not at the time of this writing.
MT Yes, it is available here. Yes, the application is available. Not at the time of this writing.
NJ Yes. It is found here. Yes. It’s been posted behind a grant management system here According to a memo, it will be May 14, 2021.
NM Yes. It is available here. Yes, the website is here.
The application, in the grant management system, is here.
Not at the time of this writing. However, a set of instructions for applying is here.
NC Not at the time of this writing. Please check back here. Not at the time of this writing. This presentation indicates that a application will open 04/01.


Please check back here.

Not at the time of this writing.
OK Not at the time of this writing.  Yes, It’s their online grant management system. 06/30/21
PA Yes, it is here. Yes, the application is available in the grant management system.  Not at the time of this writing.
SD Yes. Guidance is found here. Yes. It’s currently posted in the grant management system Not at the time of this writing.
TN Yes, a general Q&A is here.
Application guidance is here.
Yes. The application is open in ePlan. 3/15/2021
VA No, not at the time of this writing.

Please check back here.

Like the ESSER I funds, ESSER II funds will be done through reimbursement. LEAs will have to request reimbursement for all ESSER I funds before they begin requesting reimbursement for ESSER II spending.


Please come back here.

Not at the time of this writing. 

Last updated: March 2, 2021

K–12 CRRSA funding application processes by state: GEER II

We have compiled the following published state guidance for K–12 CRRSA GEER II funding 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.

AL No. General COVID guidance is here. Yes. The EANS application is here. 04/02/21
LA Yes. An EANS overview document is here. A FAQ is here. Yes, the EANS application is available in the online grant management system. 04/04/21
MD Yes, you can find a general website here. Yes. A grant application is here. The general website for this grant is here. 02/26/21

Last updated: March 2, 2021