The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) established the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) which provides funding to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are two funding sources relevant to non-public schools: the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund. Both require equitable services to non-public schools. The Office of Non-public Education released a Frequently Asked Questions document, answering questions on how funding will be provided to non-public schools. Funding will be allocated to nonpublic schools on a proportionate basis meaning that nonpublic schools will be able to access funding based on the percentage of nonpublic school students in a particular school district.
There are twelve allowable uses for the ESSER funding. Your request must fall within one of the twelve eligible uses.
to review the allowable expenses and
to view your LEA's allocation. Consultations with your LEA regarding your needs should begin now.
We are waiting for further analysis from the Council of American Private Education (CAPE) and the United State Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and will share more as it is received.