Navigating the Funding Landscape
Meeting the evolving needs of our students and communities is vital, but access to funding in education has traditionally been a challenge. The good news? Federal funding for education is at an all-time high. New federal stimulus programs, in addition to annual federal funding sources, are now available to help schools reopen for in-person learning, address learning loss, and reestablish the bond between students and their teachers and peers.
Do you find navigating the funding landscape difficult? You are not alone.
This page was designed to help you quickly understand:
- Available funding sources
- Key funding drivers
- Funding allocation timelines
- Best practices for identifying and acquiring funding
SEL Funding Sources
Primary purpose to help schools and districts transition to remote learning. Provided as a grant funding at the state level. To access funds at the district level, districts must apply for funding through the state department of education. Funding is used at the discretion of the governor. Many districts have yet to spend their CARES Act money and must do so by September 30, 2022. Funds must be used before districts can tap into the second and third round of funding.
- Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) – $13.2B
- Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEER) – $14.2B
- Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) – $3B
- Education Stabilization Fund- $307.5M
- $180M – Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant
- $127.5M – Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grant
Primary purpose is to address learning loss in PK12 education, supporting student mental health, and administering high quality assessments to determine academic needs, implement evidence based practices, support students and families in distance learning, and monitor student academic progress. Provided as grant funding at the state level. Districts must apply for funding through the state department of education to access funds. Districts must report how the funds were used, how it addresses learning loss experienced in the district, and states must report to the federal government. Funding must be allocated by the state by January of 2022.
- Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II) – $54B
- Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEER) – $22B
- Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) – $4B
- Emergency Broadband Connectivity – $3.2B
Primary purpose is to provide summer schooling, open K12 schools, and close the digital divide to meet the academic, mental health and social emotional needs of students.
- Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) – $130B
- Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER III) – $2.75B
- Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEER III) – $40BB
Funding Allocation Timeline
Understanding and Acquiring Funding For SEL
Federal funding is available for SEL. Key is understanding funding qualifications. Much of the new federal funding available for education under the CARES Act, Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) or CARES Act II and the American Rescue Plan (ARP), is targeted towards learning loss, which SEL addresses.
Award Funding Links
View these helpful websites to learn more about education-based funding in specific source areas.
STATE RESERVATIONS FOR ESSER II AND III
PUBLICATION STIMULUS AGGREGATION SITE FOR ESSER