Elementary and Secondary School Educational Relief. It is part of the CARES Act, and is designed to address the impact of COVID-19 on Education.
Large sums of money have been appropriated to support Education across the United States. $13.2B (ESSER I) + $54.3B (ESSER II) = $67.5 Billion for K-12 Schools. This is a one-time funding opportunity. Districts must either use it or lose it!
The money provided can be used to support music programs! Money is on its way to districts March - June 2021. Many schools and teachers are unaware that the money is available to them or how to access it.
Schools must prove that the district (LEA) can conduct music programs safely virtually and/or in-person. Funding can be used for health and safety, cleaning and sanitation, facility improvements, technology, instructional support, and summer programs.
Who is eligible for ESSER funds?
Public, Charter, and Non-Profit K-12 Schools
Check the State/District Appropriations Dashboard
Who requests the funds?
VAPA Coordinators, Principals, and other liaisons who communicate with the district (LEA)
We want to encourage Music Educators to get involved in the process to communicate their program needs to their District's Leadership.
March 2020 - 1st Relief Bill = $13.2 Billion (ESSER I)
December 2020 - 2nd Relief Bill = $54.3 Billion (ESSER II)
February 2021 - States received their $ proportional allotment
March-June 2021 - State awards to districts
September 2021 - Final date to award funds
September 2023 - Deadline to spend
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