B - Readily funds technology as part of an award
State of Iowa
Grant funds awarded under the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund may be used to—
- provide emergency support through grants to local educational agencies that the State educational agency deems have been most significantly impacted by coronavirus to support the ability of such local educational agencies to continue to provide educational services to their students and to support the on-going functionality of the local educational agency;
- provide emergency support through grants to institutions of higher education serving students within the State that the Governor determines have been most significantly impacted by coronavirus to support the ability of such institutions to continue to provide educational services and support the on-going functionality of the institution; and
- provide support to any other institution of higher education, local educational agency, or education-related entity within the State that the Governor deems essential for carrying out emergency educational services to students for authorized activities described in section 18003(d)(1) of the CARES Act or the Higher Education Act, the provision of child care and early childhood education, social and emotional support, and the protection of education-related jobs.
This emergency block grant empowers Governors to decide how best to meet the current needs of students, schools (including charter schools and non-public schools), postsecondary institutions, and other education-related organizations in their State so that faculty continue to teach and students continue to learn. Governors are encouraged to focus these resources on ensuring that all students continue to learn most likely through some form of remote learning.
Each Governor shall return to the Secretary any funds received under this section that the Governor does not award within one year of receiving such funds and the Secretary shall reallocate such funds.
History of Funding
None is available.
A Governor must award funds to eligible entities (i.e., LEAs, IHEs, and education-related entities) within one year of receiving the State's GEER Fund allocation from the Department, although the Governor should use every effort to award funds to eligible entities on an expedited basis to address student needs. Subgrants should be prioritized for LEAs and IHEs within the State that have been most significantly impacted by coronavirus in order to support their ability to continue to provide educational services to students and to support their on-going functionality.
In providing support to IHEs, the Governor determines those IHEs that are most significantly impacted by coronavirus.
In providing support to LEAs, the State educational agency (SEA) determines those LEAs that are most significantly impacted by coronavirus. The Department encourages SEAs to consult with the Governor when making this determination.
A Governor may also award funds to any other LEA, IHE, or education-related entity within the State that the Governor deems essential to carry out emergency educational services to students, provide childcare and early childhood education, provide social and emotional support, and protect education-related jobs.
State Governors may apply on behalf of their State Education Agency. It is expected that State Education Agencies will then redistribute or regrant awarded funds to Local Education Agencies, Institutions of Higher Education, or other education service providers.
NOTE: A local educational agency receiving funds shall provide equitable services in the same manner as provided under section 1117 of the ESEA of 1965 to students and teachers in non-public schools, as determined in consultation with representatives of non-public schools. However, the control of funds for the services and assistance provided to a non-public school, and title to materials, equipment, and property purchased with such funds, shall be in a public agency, and a public agency shall administer such funds, materials, equipment, and property and shall provide such services (or may contract for the provision of such services with a public or private entity).
In an effort to get emergency funds out as quickly as possible, all that is required is the completion of a brief Certification and Agreement, which can be digitally signed and submitted in PDF to the email address GEERF@ed.gov. This document must be submitted no later than June 1, 2020.
Once the signed PDF has been submitted, ED will process the Certification and Agreement form and obligate funds within 3 business days. States will be able to draw down these emergency block grant funds using the Department's G5 system.
LEAs, Institutions of Higher Education, and other education service providers should contact their Governor and/or SEA for steps on how to access these funds once they have been obligated to the state.
This is a one-time emergency funding opportunity. Future deadlines are not anticipated.
A total of $2,953,230,000 has been allocated for the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund. Funds under this program remain available for obligation through September 30, 2022.
The amount of each grant shall be allocated to each State based on the following formula:
- 60% on the basis of their relative population of individuals aged 5 through 24 as of 2018 census data.
- 40% on the basis of their relative number of children counted for FY20 under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (referred to under this heading as ‘‘ESEA'').
ED has provided a list of state-by-state allocations at: https://oese.ed.gov/files/2020/04/GEER-Fund-State-Allocations-Table.pdf
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