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Michigan Department of Education
Through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the US Department of Education (USED) received funding to make supplemental Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS II) grants. GEER EANS II is a continuation of the support established under CRRSA to provide services or assistance to non-public schools that enroll a significant percentage of low-income students and are most significantly impacted by the coronavirus emergency.
Under the CRRSA version of GEER EANS, a non-public school receiving services or assistance under this subsection shall use such services or assistance to address educational disruptions resulting from the qualifying emergency for—
- supplies to sanitize, disinfect, and clean school facilities;
- personal protective equipment;
- improving ventilation systems, including windows or portable air purification systems to ensure healthy air in the non-public school;
- training and professional development for staff on sanitation, the use of personal protective equipment, and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases;
- physical barriers to facilitate social distancing;
- other materials, supplies, or equipment to implement public health protocols, including guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the reopening and operation of school facilities to effectively maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff during the qualifying emergency;
- expanding capacity to administer coronavirus testing to effectively monitor and suppress coronavirus, to conduct surveillance and contact tracing activities, and to support other activities related to coronavirus testing for students, teachers, and staff at the non-public school;
- educational technology (including hardware, software, connectivity, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment) to assist students, educators, and other staff with remote or hybrid learning;
- redeveloping instructional plans, including curriculum development, for remote learning, hybrid learning, or to address learning loss;
- leasing of sites or spaces to ensure safe social distancing to implement public health protocols, including guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
- reasonable transportation costs; or
- initiating and maintaining education and support services or assistance for remote learning, hybrid learning, or to address learning loss.
It is expected that these allowable uses will carry over to the ARP version of GEER EANS II, however, USED has yet to release any guidance.
Further it is expected that the CRRSA GEER EANS restrictions for funding use shall be held constant with ARP GEER EANS II. CRRSA funds could not be used—
- to provide direct or indirect financial assistance to scholarship-granting organizations or related entities for elementary or secondary education; or
- to provide or support vouchers, tuition tax credit programs, education savings accounts, scholarships, scholarship programs, or tuition-assistance programs for elementary or secondary education.
Lastly, ARP dictates that GEER EANS II Funds shall not be used to provide reimbursements to any non-public school.
History of Funding
Allocations made to individual non-public schools have not yet been released. Please check the program webpage for future information.
An overview of differences between CARES Act GEER and GEER II is visible at: https://oese.ed.gov/files/2021/01/FINAL_-GEER_FactSheet_1.8.211.pdf
The initial application for funds from Michigan to the United States Department of Education was rejected and sent back to MDE for more information. MANS is monitoring the re-application process and will provide updates as timelines are developed.
An eligible non-public school is an elementary or secondary school that:
- Is non-profit;
- Is accredited, licensed, or otherwise operates in accordance with State law;
- Was in existence prior to March 13, 2020; and
- Did not, and will not, apply for and receive a loan under the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was made possible on or after December 27, 2020.
- A non-public school that received a PPP loan prior to December 27, 2020, may receive services or assistance under the EANS program.
- A non-public school that applies for a PPP on or after December 27, 2020, but does not receive funds under PPP, may apply for the EANS program so long as they meets the requirements and deadlines of the SEA.
- If a non-public school's application for services or assistance under the GEER EANS program is denied, they are still eligible to apply for a PPP loan.
An SEA shall prioritize services or assistance to non-public schools that enroll low-income students and are most impacted by the qualifying emergency.
No application deadline has been announced. MDE is planning to open the EANS II program in mid-to-late September for eligible nonpublic schools. Please check the MDE or M-A-N-S program page for upcoming information.
This is a one-time emergency funding opportunity. Future deadlines are not anticipated.
A total of $2,750,000,000 has been allocated for the second round of GEER Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools Grants Program. The allocation for each state shall be based on the number of children within the state who are ages 5 through 17 and at or below 185% poverty, as well as enrolled in non-public schools in the State.
Michigan has been granted a total of $86,894,397 for the GEER EANS II grant opportunity. The SEA may reserve no more than $433,884 of their allocation to administer the services and assistance provided to nonpublic schools under GEER EANS II.
To the extent practicable, SEAs must strive to obligate all funds for services or assistance to non-public schools in the state in an expedited and timely manner, but not later than 6 months after receiving the funds. Funds under this program will remain available for non-public school obligation through September 30, 2024. Unlike CRRSA EANS, ARP EANS funds may not be used to reimburse any allowable pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, when the national coronavirus emergency was declared.
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