ESSER Funding Overview
Congress set aside approximately $13.2 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund). Signed into law on March 27, 2020, the Department awarded these grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEAs, with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.
ESSER Fund awards to SEAs are in the same proportion as each state received funds under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, in fiscal year 2019.
Funding has been awarded in three relief packages.
Name of the Legislation Amount Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund Timeline Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act
(ESSER I Fund)
passed March 2020
$13.2 billion $3 billion Sept. 30, 2022 Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations
(ESSER II Fund)
passed December 2020
$54 billion $4 billion
*$2.7 billion of this was allocated to Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS)
Sept. 30, 2023 American Rescue Plan
(ESSER III Fund)
passed March 2021
$126 billion $2.75 billion
All for private schools
Sept. 30, 2023
District Funding Priorities:
In its plan that was submitted and approved by the Georgia Department of Education, the Dougherty County School System laid out a series of priorities that would be funded through the ESSER allotments. Those priorities are:
- COVID Prevention and Mitigation
- Disrupted Learning/Instruction/Social Emotional Supports
- Continuity of Services (Process Efficiency and Improvements)