COVID-19

Geer Fund Utilization

State

GEER Funding

Application Status
Higher EdK-12Early Childhood Other Supports for Children and Resource Links
Alabama

$48,851,495

Application Approved
While Gov. Kay Ivey's recent press release on the use of GEER funds did not allocate funds for postsecondary programs, the announcement notes that, "Alabama institutions of higher education will be able to submit requests for a combined reimbursement of up to $50 million of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Alabama received approximately $1.9 billion of CARES Act funding to respond to and mitigate the coronavirus pandemic. Alabama Act 2020-199 designated up to $118.3 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund for any lawful purpose as provided by the United States Congress, the United States Treasury Department, or any other federal entity of competent jurisdiction." (Announced July 6.)According to Alabama's GEER application to US ED, the state "intend[s] to support technological capacity needs to support remote learning for all students, working with our State Department of Education and institutions of higher education."


Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the state will allocate the majority of its GEER funds to support the following K-12 programs:
- $10 million to equip all school buses with WiFi capabilities to increase internet connectivity and help bridge the digital divide.
- $4 million to improve remote learning opportunities by providing digital textbook and library resources for all students.
- $26 million to provide additional academic support to bridge learning and achievement gaps.
- $9 million to support intensive before and after school tutoring resources for learning and remediation in schools.
(Announced July 6.)
Alabama US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act FAQs, updated May 5

Press Release: Governor Ivey Awards $48 Million to Alabama Department of Education, released July 6
Alaska

$6,503,527

Application Approved
Alaska will use some GEER funds to support the following postsecondary programs:

- $1.5 million for institutions of higher education (University of Alaska).
- The University of Alaska will use some of its funding to expand its growing on-line dual enrollment program to provide opportunities for students from all districts to have access to college-level courses and receive dual credit for completing those courses. This program, begun as a pilot by the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2019, had 31 districts represented during the spring 2020 semester and is offering the program this summer and fall.
- $200,000 for institutions of secondary and higher education (Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program).
- $1 million for grants to education and education-related entities that may include daycare facilities providing educational instruction, private schools, and/or private colleges. These grants will be distributed based on a competitive grant application process.
Alaska will distribute approximately $3.7 million of GEER funds to districts. The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) has created a comprehensive Cares Act FAQ with guidance around acceptable use of funds, application process, and finance logistics (updated May 6).

The FY20 CARES Act application is currently available in the Grant Management System and is due June 1, 2020. "It is acceptable to leave funds unbudgeted in this application should the district not be spending the entire grant in FY2020. The deadline for notifying DEED that the district will not be applying for FY20 funds is June 1, 2020. Not applying for FY20 funds does not affect the FY21 allocation. FY21 applications will be available in early June."

According to Alaska's GEER application to US ED, "It is yet to be determined if GEER funds would be used to support remote learning." Prior to being awarded CARES funding, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) deployed multiple resources and tools to support remote learning across the state: (1) launched a Teaching and Learning Support website (https://www.aklearns.org/); (2) developed the Alaska Statewide Virtual School (AKSVS); and (3) ordered 500 iPads to support remote learning in remote rural communities with limited access to home Internet.
Alaska will use $1 million of GEER funds to provide grants to education and education-related entities that may include daycare faciliites providing educational instruction, private schools, and/or private colleges. These grants will be distributed based on a competitive grant application process.Alaska US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act FAQ, updated May 20

RSOURCE LINKS:

District Allocations

CARES Act Guidance

CARES Act FAQs, updated May 20

GEER Competitive Grant Requests for Applications, released June 4
Arizona

$69,196,325

Application Approved
Arizona will use some GEER funds to provide emergency grants for K-12 districts that have been most impacted by COVID-19. Arizona Department of Education (ADE) "is tasked with determining indicators to identify which LEAs have been most significantly impacted by COVID-19." These indicators might include: 1) Tribal communities, 2) Local broadband infrastructure and student access to internet services, 3) COVID-19 cases per capita. Additional indicators may include food insecurity, unemployment, and district demographics.

According to Arizona's GEER application to US ED, the state "will look to provide: broadband infrastructure; broadband services; online learning platforms; instructional software licenses; devices and hotspots for students; and coordination with regional public television and radio for delivery of collaborative instructional content."


Arizona announced that the state will use its GEER funds to, "invest in long-term digital equity by investing in broadband infrastrucure and connectivity... Families also need access to affordable and reliable internet to fully leverage the capabilities of the latest learning technology." a href="https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/06/azcares-flexibility-and-funding-schools-and-families" target=_"blank">(Announced June 24.)<


Funds will support the following K-12 programs:

- $6 million for the Arizona Teachers Academy. Graduates of the Arizona Teachers Academy will have their tuition and fees waived in exchange for a commitment to teach in an Arizona public school. Arizona is monitoring retirements and teachers leaving the profession as a result of COVID-19, though "preliminary data shows that Arizona will need to ramp up teacher training efforts."

- $40 million to expand broadband in rural communities to bridge the divide. This plan includes $28.6 million to install broadband conduit and fiber on I-17 from Sunset Point to Flagstaff, to be completed by December 30, 2021. Additionally, the plan includes $10.3 million to install broadband conduit and fiber on I-19 from Tucson to Nogales.

- $20 million to bring in extra support for high-need schools through Acceleration Academy Grants. These grants will allow high-need schools to employ math and reading specialists, paraprofessionals, or other structures for learning and remediation.

- $1 million in microgrants to support innovative programs. This program will be overseen by A for Arizona, who will match the state's investment with private philanthropy.

- $1 million for vehicles for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB). ASDB teachers travel to serve students in remote areas of the state. Nearly half the cars used by ASDB teachers have more than 100,000 miles and nearly one-third are over ten eyars old. This funding will ensure ASDB teachers will have safe and reliable vehicles to continue traveling to serve students.

- $700,000 for leadership development through Beat the Odds (BTO) Leadership Academy. BTO Academy is a research-based executive leadership training program for school principals and leaders. The funds will help develop and expand virtual delivery of BTO Academy. This program will be targeted toward rural and underperforming schools.

- $500,000 for tutoring from Teach for America. Using these funds, TFA will provide stipends to corps recruits for one-on-one tutoring of students most in need, "in schools most impacted across the state."
Arizona US ED Application for GEER Funding

GEER Fund FAQs

CARES Act Grant Resources, coming soon

Arizona CARES Act Funding- GEER Fund Allocations, announced June 24

Press RElease: AZCares: Flexibility and Funding for Schools and Families, announced June 24
Arkansas

$30,663,725

Application Approved
According to Arkansas' GEER application to US ED, the state will "expand workforce education initiatives and grants to allow for both continuation and upgrading of employability skills and training through IHE's including public and private career training programs."According to Arkansas' GEER application to US ED, the state will use some funds to support the following:

- Internet access: Arkansas will conduct a data mapping study to discover areas of school communities with no or limited access to broadband.
- Online learning platform: Arkansas will provide a learning management system to assist in delivery of quality digital content. This "Ready for Leaming" initiative will also provide training to educators in providing high quality digital instruction, additional mobile and fixed wifi accessibility, as well as continuity of teletherapy and telehealth supports for all students and families.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that the state will use $10 million in GEER funds to purchase Wi-Fi access points and data plans for every school district in the state.

ADE will purchase as many as 20,000 devices. ADE will allocate the devices to each school district based on enrollment. The school districts will distribute the devices based on need within the community.

The Akransas Department of Education (ADE) signed agreements with AT&T and T-Mobile to purchase devices and data plans at a reduced cost. The agreement with AT&T and T-Mobile guarantees high-speed internet with unlimited data for two years for about $20 per month per device. The providers have also agreed to allow districts to purchase additional devices and data at the same rate as the state plan.

The program is a joint project of ADE, the Arkansas State Broadband Office, and the Governor’s Office. (Announced July 27.)

Arkansas US ED Application for GEER Funding

GEER Working Group

Governor Hutchinson Announces $10 Million for Wi-Fi Access Devices, press release from July 27
California

$355,227,235

Application Approved
According to California's GEER applilcation to US ED, the state "has been surveying school districts and charter schools to ascertain their needs associated with distance learning and to target resources accordingly. The state will continue to use a variety of means to assess need including significant outreach to public education agencies through surveys and ongoing stakeholder input. We will ensure these funds are used by public education agencies to support students, educators, and families while we are addressing educational needs through distance learning. Funding will be used to provide students with much needed supports to adapt to new learning environments during this crisis, as required under the CARES Act, with a special focus on students with disabilities, students from low-income families, and English learners. We anticipate that a portion of that work will involve further supporting schools' transition to distance learning and refining our distance learning system as we try to anticipate potential returns to distance learning in the coming school year. We also recognize that students have been accessing and responding to distance learning in different ways, so want to be prepared for any need for remediation identified in our needs assessment."California US ED Application for GEER Funding

California Department of Education Additional COVID-19 Resources
Colorado

$44,004,996

Application Approved
Public institutions can apply for grants through the P-20 innovation fund, which is supported by $33 million in GEER funds. School districts and public schools can also apply.

Additionally, Colorado will use $1 million of GEER funds to support higher education institutions as they provide direct financial relief to students. These funds are intended to support students that were previously excluded from direct relief.
(Announced June 4.)
Gov. Jared Polis announced that Colorado will use $33 million of GEER funds for a P-20 innovation fund "to address the learning challenges related to the economic, social, and health impacts of COVID-19." School districts, public schools, and public colleges can apply for grants. Priority will be given to proposals that serve children and families who have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.

Additionally, Colorado will use $5-6 million of GEER funds to increase the capacity of Colorado Empowered Learning, a state-supported supplemental online program that provides schools with online courses, professional development, and technical assistance for implementing blended and online learning models.

Finally, the state will use $3 million of GEER funds for teacher recruitment and retention through the Quality Teacher Recruitment program. The program will "provide stability for school districts" as they face significant challenges in the coming year. (Announced June 4.)

Colorado US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act FAQs
Connecticut

$27,881,682

Application Approved
According to Connecticut's GEER application to US ED, the state will use some funds to support the following postsecondary programs:

- Student financial aid: "The state anticipates devoting a portion of GEER funds to providing additional financial aid grants to students through an existing need-based state scholarship that is accessible to students at any of Connecticut’s public or private non-profit IHEs, allowing those students to overcome financial barriers to continuing higher education during the coronavirus pandemic."
- Technology: "The state is also considering using a portion of funds to help some IHEs improve their technological infrastructure to support more effective remote instruction."
Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the Connecticut State Department of Education is developing an application for school districts to apply for GEER funds. The department will offer technical assistance to help districts complete the application, prioritizing districts with the most need. State Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona is sending a letter to every superintendent in the state with information about the funds. (Announced May 14.)

According to a press release by the Connecticut Department of Education, federal funds will complement the department's four priority areas developed in the wake of COVID-19: 1) Equitable access to technology, 2) Equitable access to high quality online curriculum, including necessary supports, 3) Education recovery and reopening schools, and 4) Social and emotional well-being of students. (Announced May 14.)

- Equitable access to technology: Connecticut's GEER application to US ED notes that ,"The state intends to use a portion of funds to provide teachers and families with internet access, devices, and technical support to facilitate equitable remote learning. Funding is expected to be provided to the State Department of Education and to the Office of Early Childhood to address areas of the state with the greatest need and assist school districts and families with remote learning access."


UPDATE: Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state will use $43.5 million in GEER funds to launch the Everybody Learns Initiative, an investment in remote learning solutions to close the digital divide.

Funding will be used to purchase 50,000 laptops for students, 12 months of access to at-home internet for 60,000 students, create public hotspots free to the public at 200 community sites across the state, and offer social emotional learning content to school districts statewide.

The number of students identified as in need of access to laptops and at-home internet is based on survey information that was submitted to the State Department of Education and Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology. The state will purchase the at-home internet access through several broadband internet companies, including Altice USA/Optimum, Atlantic Broadband, Comcast, Cox, and Charter. The personal hotspots will be covered by cellular signal through the student hotspot provider Kajeet.

The 200 community hotspots will be open to the public at no cost. The state will partner with the Connecticut Education Network (CEN) to utilize the fiber and infrastructure it already provides in communities across the state.

Districts will begin receiving communication from the state today about the process by which they will receive their laptops, broadband vouchers or Kajeet hotspots. Community sites will soon receive communication from CEN about hotspots.

The department will devote funding to the development of a statewide social-emotional learning (SEL) framework that will support teacher training and implementation of evidenced-based programs. In addition, the department will:

- Provide professional learning through RESCs and SERC to support educators in providing social and emotional supports;

- Provide resources to districts for delivery of general behavioral and mental health screening; and

- Promote implementation of universal SEL curriculum/programming at the district level and secure resources for outreach or professional learning on Equity, Implicit Bias and Inclusion.
(Announced July 28.)
Connecticut US ED Application for GEER Funding

State Priorities for CARES Act

FAQs, updated April 14

CARES Act Guidance, coming soon

Governor Lamont Announces the Everybody Learns Initiative, press release from July 28
Delaware

$7,916,821

Application Approved
Delaware's GEER application to US ED indicates that the state will primarily use funds for K-12 remote learning. Specifically, funds will be used to:

- Devices: Help LEAs purchase or replace devices if they do not have resources to do so themselves. Through new and re-purposed devices, whether given or lent to students, the state is confident that every student will have access to a device.

- Academic programs: Help LEAs establish compensatory services, additional tutoring, after-school programming, summer learning and perhaps weekend academices." These programs are intended to help students catch up on lost learning time.
Delaware US ED Application for GEER Funding
District of Columbia

$5,807,678

Application Approved
Technology: According to DC's GEER application to US ED, the district will use funds to "ensure parents and students can access distance learning and that schools provide effective interventions and targeted supports for special populations. This may include grants to LEAs and/or third-party organizations to support basic response costs (e.g., 1:1 devices, hot spots) and/or innovative models (e.g., distance learning infrastructure, blended learning strategies)."

Social-emotional learning: Funding will also be used to support school safety and promote the mental health of students, families, and educators.

Additionally, the district "is utilizing survey and focus group data to understand the challenges our schools and LEAs are facing in remote learning. Across responses from families and LEAs, access to devices and internet connectivity are reported as a top challenge, with heightened needs among families in Wards 7 and 8 and those receiving social services such as SNAP benefits, TANF, or housing vouchers. Surveys of parents and school leaders also demonstrate needs in supporting school safety and mental health, including equity in access to mental health services and the impact of trauma on their students."
District of Columbia US ED Application for GEER Funding
Florida

$173,585,880

Application Approved
The Florida Department of Education released a summary of CARES Act spending. The summary includes the following uses for GEER funds to be used for postsecondary programs:

1) CTE Equipment ($10.9 million)
2) Rapid Credentials ($35 million)
3) Pathway to Job Market Dashboard ($2.5 million)
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1) Building K-12 CTE Infrastructure Grant ($10.9 million)

Grant information: The state has allocated $10.9 million of GEER funds to support this grant program. The program will target secondary CTE students by providing infrastructure and equipment grants to K-12 schools (or to technical colleges that can support CTE programs for K-12 students). Awards will be based on base allocation of $55,000 per district and an additional $10,000 per K-12 school (or technical college serving K-12 CTE students) in the district. Information on allowable expenses and reporting requirements is available here.

Application information: Applications are due by July 17, 2020. All FL public school districts are eligible to apply. If an LEA elects not to apply for the funds, the agency head should notify FDOE via email at CTECARESACT@fldoe.org. Funds not requested by August 15, 2020 will be re-allocated to other eligible agencies.


2) Rapid Credentials ($35 million)
FDOE will partner with Florica College System (FCS) institutions and technical colleges to increase capacity around short-term, in-demand certification and training programs. These programs could include technical certificates, clock hour career certificates (i.e., vocational training), and industry certification preparation courses. According to FDOE, "This proposal marries perfectly with the [Pathway to Job Market] Dashboard concept."


3) Pathway to Job Market Dashboard ($2.5 million)
FDOE will source a technology program that would provide quantitative data on all of its CTE courses and programs at the state and regional level. The tool would provide internal and external CTE stakeholders a "cockpit view" of the performance (e.g., established performance quality indicators and extent of the program's market alignment) of Florida's credentials of value. The platform will integrate existing labor market data. The platform will be housed within and maintained by FDOE, and integrate data from all secondary CTE programs and all CTE programs within the state's postsecondary system (i.e., all Florida College System institutions and state technical colleges).
According to Florida's GEER application to US ED, the state will combine GEER and ESSER funds and "will encourage school districts to invest in initiatives that close achievement gaps and ensure access to high-quality learning opportunities." Thes state will use some of these funds to help districts in designing Instructional Continuity Plans (ICP). The ICP developed by each school and district will identify the curriculum and content used to support teaching and learning, as well as steps for monitoring student progress in courses that are delivered through virtual and distance learning. An ICP is a plan for implementing distance learning in the event of unanticipated campus closures.
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The Florida Department of Education released a summary of CARES Act spending. The summary includes the following uses for GEER funds to be used for K-12 programs:

1) Summer Recovery Program ($64 million)
2) CTE Equipment ($10.9 million)
3) Ensuring the B.E.S.T. Curriculum for Reading and Civics ($4 million)
4) Telehealth ($2 million)
5) Additional Strategies to Support Summer Learning ($1 million)
6) Civic Literacy ($1 million)
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1) Summer Recovery Program ($64 million)
District and schools would be required to target students with significant academic needs for 4-6 weeks of face-to-face learning on school campuses from July to August.

Florida Department of Education (DOE) hosted a webinar outlining updates to the GEER Summer Recovery and ESSER CARES Act Grants. (Announced June 30.) GEER updates include:
- Deadline for use of funds extended to October 31, 2020 (previously August 31).
- "LEAs may deploy innovative instructional models, where a minimum of 75% of the time of the program is confucted face-to-face with students and may include extended learning options, where services can be offered on Saturdays or afterschool."
- Deadline for submission of Toolkits will be extended to July 15, 2020 (previously June 30).
- GEER funds may be used to pay for the salaries and benefits of specific staff (see slides).
- Guidance for charter schools participating in the program (see slides).
- Guidance for private schools participating in the program (see slides).
- Defines the "targeted students with the most significant academic needs" (see slides).


2) Building K-12 CTE Infrastructure Grant ($10.9 million)
The state has allocated $10.9 million of GEER funds to support this grant program. The program will target secondary CTE students by providing infrastructure and equipment grants to K-12 schools (or to technical colleges that can support CTE programs for K-12 students). Awards will be based on base allocation of $55,000 per district and an additional $10,000 per K-12 school (or technical college serving K-12 CTE students) in the district. Information on allowable expenses and reporting requirements is available here.

Applications are due by July 17, 2020. All FL public school districts are eligible to apply. If an LEA elects not to apply for the funds, the agency head should notify FDOE via email at CTECARESACT@fldoe.org. Funds not requested by August 15, 2020 will be re-allocated to other eligible agencies.


3) Ensuring the B.E.S.T. Curriculum for Reading and Civics ($4 million). FDOE will allocate $4 million of GEER funds and an additional $20 million of ESSER funds to help districts and schools identify and adopt B.E.S.T. ELA Standards aligned curriculum and supplemental instructional materials for grades K-3.


4) Telehealth ($2 million)
FDOE would provide mini-grants to all LEAs (including charter networks and private school networks) to help train those LEAs in best practices to deploy telehealth throughout florida. FDOE would collaborate with the FL Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Agency for HEalth Care Administration (ACHA) to use GEER funds to support ongoing efforts to deploy clinical telehealth mental health services (including tele-counseling and tele-social work). Training will also be needed for all school counselors, social workers, and school psychologists, supporting these professionals and educators who are providing online services to students.


5) Additional Strategies to Support Summer Learning ($1 million)
FDOE will provide mini-grants to existing summer providers to access and deliver quality content to reinforce reading and math skills.


6) Civic Literacy ($1 million)
Matching grants for LEAs that voluntarily administer the Florida Civics HS exam. The grants would help with expenses related to the administration of the exam.
Florida US ED Application for GEER Funding

Florida DOE COVID-19 Important Documents & Webinars

FL DOE Updates to the GEER and ESSER CARES Act Grants- Slide Deck, released June 30

FL DOE Updates to the GEER and ESSER CARES Act Grants- Webinar Recording, released June 30

FL DOE CARES Act CTE Grant Programs
Georgia

$105,720,728

Application Approved
According to Georgia's GEER application to US ED, the state "considers its public IHEs to be a priority with respect to allocation of [GEER] funds." Additionally, the state will consider requests from private IHEs when distributing GEER funds across the state. IHE GEER funds will be awarded based on which institutions have been most significantly impacted by coronavirus.According to Georgia's GEER application to US ED, the Georgia Department of Education is conducting a suvey fo district technology needs to support remote learning. The survey addresses districts' remote-learning plans and the quantity/types of devices needed to support those plans. Survey data will be used when evaluating educational needs for GEER funds.Georgia US ED Application for GEER Funding
Hawaii

$9,993,387

Application Approved
According to Hawaii's GEER application to US ED, the state will provide grants for education institutions to help students and teachers "adopt and improve remote leanring solutions for a wide array of students." Private and public IHEs will be eligible for funding under this grant.According to Hawaii's GEER application to US ED, the state will provide grants for education institutions to help students and teachers "adopt and improve remote learning solutions for a wide array of students." Districts and IHEs can use these grants for devices, software, internet connectivity, and professional development. A portion of the funds will be set aside to expand programs that prove to be innovative and effective.Hawaii US ED Application for GEER Funding
Idaho

$15,676,340

Application Approved
According to Idaho's GEER application to US ED, the State Board of Education (Board) asked all public postsecondary institutions to provide an assessment of what they would need to provide educational opportunities to all Idaho postsecondary students in a remote learning environment.

Remote learning: For IHEs and CTE, the state will focus funding on supporting technological capacity and access (e.g., hardware, software, internet connectivity) to support remote learning for all students. Funding could also be used for faculty professional development for "online course and pedagogy development."
According to Idaho's GEER application to US ED, the State Board of Education (Board) surveyed all districts on the number of devices and connectivity needed to implement remote learning for all students. Responses were used to identify gaps in access. GEER funding to districts may be used to address those gaps. Additionally, GEER funds may be used for purchasing education technology (e.g., hardware, software, licenses) to deliver remote instruction and suport services for all students.

Grants: Idaho will use some GEER funds to provide grants for districts to 1) purchase student devices and adaptive technology, 2) expand internet connectivity, and 3) provide training for educators on remote teaching.

Instructional materials: The state will use some GEER funds to develop a partnership between the Idaho Digital Learning Academy and Idaho Public Television to provide access to instructional material to all LEAs, at no additional cost to the LEA. Instructional materials will be broadcasted over the Idaho Public Television (which is under the governance of the SEA) network of channels and available on-line through Idaho Public Television’s website and through the Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA).
Idaho US ED Application for GEER Funding

Idaho Coronavirus Website, Resources for Schools

FAQs on CARES Act Maintenance-of-Effort Requirements, updated May 2020
Illinois

$108,497,757

Application Approved
According to Illinois' GEER application to US ED, IHEs that receive funding will be encouraged to use a portion of the funding to address barriers to remote learning that impact low-income students.


UPDATE: The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) will receive nearly half of the GEER funding. Illinois will allocate $49 million of GEER funds to support higher education. (Announced July 14.)

Funding will support the following postsecondary programs:

- Direct relief for public universities and community colleges ($46 million). The funding targets institutions' efforts to overcome barriers facing students that have been created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Uses could include access to laptops, wireless hotspots, targeting advising, mentoring, tutoring, books, childcare, transportation, all strategies to help with recruiting and retention.

- Grants for targeted initiatives ($3 million). This set-aside is designed to support targeted initiatives to enroll and retain underrepresented, first-generation, and high-need students at public and non-profit, independent four-year institutions of higher education in Illinois.
According to Illinois' GEER application to US ED, the state will use funds to eliminate barriers to continuity of education for all students by supporting costs associated with:

- Technology hardware, software, and services needed for remote learning
- Professional learning for school personnel on delivering effective remote instruction
- Home connectivity for students and teachers
- The development, deployment, and adoption of curriculum and curricular resources


UPDATE: Gov. JB Pritzker announced that the state will allocate $50 million of GEER funds to support K-12 education. Funding will focus on three areas: 1) closing the digital divide, 2) training for educators and parents, and 3) social-emotional supports for students. (Announced July 14.)

Funding will support the following K-12 programs:

- Closing the digital divide ($40 million). School districts will receive $32.5 million to purchase devices, such as laptops and tablets, and $7.5 million to purchase WiFi hotspots and increase internet connectivity for students and families.

- Training for educators and families ($7.5 million). Professional development will allow teachers and families to, "Support students' growth holistically and strengthen their understanding of new technologies and learning models."

- Social-emotional supports for students ($2.5 million). Funds for the Illinois State Board of Education to create the Student Care Department. The Student Care Department will lead the development of an inter-departmental student health and safety team, will promote best practices for social-emotional learning, will review and respond to constituent concerns about student safety and wellbeing, and will provide targeted assistance to school districts.
Instructional materials: According to the state's GEER application to US ED, some funds will be used to "support remote learning among children enrolled in the state's prekindergarten programs, which are operated both by school districts and community-based providers. The focus will be on providing learning materials accompanied by intensive support for parents to use these materials with their children to support early learning at home."

Professional development: Illinois will invest GEER funds in statewide professional development
supports for early childhood programs. Awarded funds will support remote professional development for program staff that aligns the Pyramid Model Framework for best practices that will support healthy social emotional development in children in partnership with their families. In addition, funds will support professional development in parent engagement to support home learning, including the effective use of technology to support home learning for preschool age children.


UPDATE: Illinois will use $10 million of GEER funds to support early childhood programs across the state. (Announced July 14.)

Funding will support the following early childhood programs:

- Professional development and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation supports for early childhood professionals to address the social-emotional needs of young children.

- An innovative text-messaging project will be launched to help parents support their children's learning at home.

- Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative programs in those areas most impacted by Covid-19 will receive flexible funding to support home learning materials, personal protective equipment, technology and/or additional staffing.
Illinois US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Guidance, updated May 28

Gov. Pritzker Announces $108.5 Million COVID Funding for PreK-12, Higher Education with Equity Focus, announced July 14
Indiana

$61,590,954

Application Approved
Training and instructional materials: IHEs may apply for "Innovation Grants" to create regional or statewide initiaitves advancing/developing best practices, training, and curriculum curation for online P-20 instruction. Funding will be targeted to IHEs who partner with P-12 schools in improving the quality of online learning.

Applicants for Innovation Grants should consider the following areas of need:
- Online portal containing various resources available to the public
- Immediately increase quality content curation (i.e., online course content and curricula for grades P-12)
- Training modules and materials on e-learning for educators, as well as for parents and students
Indiana will use funds to improve remote learning for ALL students through:

- Device Availability: Address the need for access to digital learning devices to support remote learning for students in PK-12.
- Internet connectivity: Develop comprehensive community-level and regional-level solutions to address gaps in internet connectivity for remote learning.
- Training: Support partnerships between higher education and PK-12 to develop professional development and curriculum opportunities as educators throughout Indiana continue to build expertise in remote learning.

Eligible entities include public schools, charter schools, private schools, IHEs, and other education-related entities. The deadline to apply is July 17, 2020. The application is currently available online. Questions may be submitted to GEER@DOE.IN.GOV.


Indiana's GEER application to US ED expands slightly on some of the priority areas mentioned above:

- Devices and internet connectivity: The state will create a "flexible matching fund for community-level technology grants." While the fund is intended for P-12 schools, IHEs and districts may apply as regional partnership.
- Training and instructional materials: IHEs may apply for "Innovation Grants" to create regional or statewide initiaitves advancing/developing best practices, training, and curriculum curation for online P-20 instruction.

According to the Indiana Department of Education (DOE)'s CARES Act Guidance, "The statute does not have a specific formula in which to allocate [GEER] funds, other than IDOE must determine which LEAs are 'hardest hit.' More information forthcoming." Indiana DOE has created a webinar series with additional information on CARES Act funding for K-12 schools.
Indiana US ED Application for GEER Funding

Indiana Department of Education Grant Application for Districts and IHEs

FAQs, updated May 11

CARES Act Suggested Uses
Iowa

$26,217,108

Application Approved
Iowa will use its GEER funds to improve remote learning for postsecondary students. Funds will be used to provide and expand boradband access, and possibly to provide Wi-Fi- hotspots or devices. GEER funds can also be used to support professional development for professors around remote learning. (Announced June 1.)Iowa will use its GEER funds to improve remote learning for K-12 students. Funds will be used to provide and expand broadband access, and possibly to provide Wi-Fi- hotspots or devices. GEER funds can also be used to support professional development for teachers around remote learning.

Iowa Department of Education is partnering with the State Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) to conduct a statewide survey of families with K-12 students regarding barriers to remote learning. Survey results will be used to prioritize funding geographic areas with the greatest need. (Announced June 1.)
Iowa US ED Application for GEER Funding

Iowa Department of Education, COVID-19 Guidance and Information

CARES Act Guidance, updated May 5
Kansas

$26,274,163

Application Approved
Kansas will use the majority of its GEER funds for higher education programs. Funds will target public IHEs, though private IHEs may be eligible for federal assistance in the future.

According to Kansas' GEER application to US ED, the state will prioritize funds for public IHEs. Institutions should prioritize funds for remote learning and costs to cover salary of faculty/staff, or otherwise continue institutional operations. IHEs will be required to detail detail the financial hardships experienced due to the COVID" 19 pandemic, identify strategic goals, and adhere to established accountability structures.
Kansas' GEER application to US ED notes that, "While the Governor plans to prioritize a large portion of GEER funds for public IHEs, a portion may be reserved for emergency assistance grants to enable LEAs to tailor support services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, English Learners, students experiencing homelessness, tribal communities, migrant students, children in foster care, and other at-risk students in need of accommodations."Kansas US ED Application for GEER Funding
Kentucky

$43,799,187

Application Approved
According to a May 14 news article, the remaining GEER funds "will be administered by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and used for relief in public and private higher education institutions."

Professional development, online communities: The state's GEER application to US ED states that funds will be used "to provide discipline-specific online pedagogy training, as well as to faciilitate virtual learning communities of faculty and online learning experts." The state observes the need for statewide virtual discussions to support IHEs as they pivot to remote learning. These virtual discussions will allow faculty, instructional designers, and administrators to learn from each other. Specifically, "Much more emphasis will be placed on best practices and long-term planning for the conversion of face-to-face classes to online formats."


UPDATE: The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education held a meeting outlining how these GEER funds will be distributed. Approximately $13.8 million of GEER funds were allocated for higher education under the administration of CPE.

Funding was distributed as follows:
- $8.88 million to the public universities.
- $2.5 million to KCTCS campuses.
- $1 million to Kentucky's non-profit, private colleges and universities.
- $1.5 million for an emergency reserve (housed at CPE).

IHEs may use the funds for the following expenses: 1) Enhanced online programming, 2) Targeted financial aid for high-need students, 3) Mentoring and advising, 4) COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, 5) other costs associated with pandemic response.

CPE is entering into MOAs with each campus. Contracts were sent to public institutions on June 26. Funding will be released as soon as possible. Regular campus reports will detail the use of funds and outcomes. (Announced July 8.)
Technology, meals: Gov. Andy Beshear announced that, "GEER funding will allow us to ensure that technology continues to be an aid, not a barrier, to providing a world-class education while keeping our educators and our learners safe at home." The governor has alloted $30 million to K-12 schools for remote learning technology and remote food programs. (Announced May 14.)

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will distribute $30 million of GEER funds to districts for food costs and technology needs. As such, KDE has released guidance to help districts evaluate their needs. The guidance also includes considerations for how these funds could support special education, gifted and talented, preschool, and summer school. GEER funds will be awarded using the Title I, Part A formula. Districts must complete the Geer Fund Assurance document and then request funds through the Federal Cash Request process. (Announced May 12.)

Devices, software, internet connectivity: According to the Kentucky's GEER application to US ED, the state will use funds to expand "technological capacity and access." As an early adopter of digital learning, Kentucky's legacy system includes many stationary devices housed in classrooms, computer labs, and libraries. The state will use GEER funds to support LEAs in purchasing more portable devices. Funds will also be used to support LEAs in purchasing and deploying digital learning software. Finally, the state's application notes that "connectivity continues to be a barrier to remote learning.... The KDE regularly highlights partnership opportunities with localities who have pioneered free public Wi-Fi access points, as well as businesses and public institutions who have made Wi-Fi access available to the public."

Student meal program: The state's GEER application to US ED notes that some funds will be used "used to support LEAs that face new financial challenges, including decreased revenue and increased expenses. In large part, the revenue [from a school's food service program] is used for salaries and benefits. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many districts have experienced a decrease in revenue, while staffing levels remain unchanged. LEAs have also experienced increased costs. During typical operations, per meal costs are relatively low and consistent due to bulk ordering and bulk product use. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LEAs have had to shift to more shelf-stable, individually packaged items that cost more. Many LEAs have also had to purchase equipment and supplies that allows them to transport meals, while maintaining food safety. In some instances, LEAs are paying food service staff a higher salary with extra duty pay while others are paying substitute staff where regular food service staff are unable to perform their regular job duties. Transportation and delivery costs are also required to facilitate the emergency food distribution model, which is an expense the LEA would not have otherwise incurred."
Kentucky US ED Application for GEER Funding

GEER Guidance, updated May 11

GEER FAQs and Equitable Services Form
Louisiana

$50,276,799

Application Approved
According to Louisiana's GEER application to US ED, the state's Digital Inclusion Committee has issued and analyzed a survey to identify barriers to remote learning at IHEs across the state. The Committee identified three key areas of statewide need: 1) devices, 2) internet access and connectivity, and 3) professional development.

Professional development: Louisiana will focus postseconday GEER funds on faculty training and support. Funds allocated to IHEs will provide "hardware support" and statewide professional development for faculty on remote teaching. The state will "develop a statewide training model for online course development and delivery."

Targeted student supports: The state will also allocate GEER funds for programs that "target and support underserved students by increasing enrollment, retention, and completion. The initiative will focus on high-demand statewide workforce needs as well as short-term, credential-based programs geared towards getting students to work."


Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the state will allocate $15.3 million of its GEER funds for the Board of Regents to support the following postsecondary programs:

- CTE scholarships: $10 million for workforce redevelopment to allow the state’s community and technical colleges (LCTCS, LSU-Eunice, and Southern University - Shreveport) to provide students with scholarships to earn short-term credentials that are in high demand in the new economy.

- Devices for students: $4.5 million to purchase devices for public postsecondary students across the state.

- Professional development: $500,000 to continue student, faculty, and staff training efforts to ensure a smooth transition from face-to-face instruction to a hybrid model of learning.

- Online platform: $250,000 to create a statewide dual enrollment portal to support outreach and engagement to high school students.
(Announced July 8.)
Planning, technology: Louisiana's GEER application to US ED indicates that LDOE will use funds "to support the development and implementation of remote learning plans in each LEA." LDOE has developed the Strong Start 2020 Planning Framework that outlines decisions LEAs must make to ensure that they are prepared for the coming school year. The framework encourages LEAs to consider how these plans can be adapted when remote learning is required. GEER funds will not be used for administrative costs of developing the framework. Instead, GEER funds will support the development and implementation of remote learning plans at the LEA-level, including the purchase of student computers and internet access points.


Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the state will use $35 million of its GEER funds to support K-12 education. Details on how these funds will support specific K-12 programs is still forthcoming. In addition to the $35 million for K-12 education, Gov. Edwards is also allocating $32.3 million for internet devices and connectivity and another $2.7 million for social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum. (Announced July 8.)
Meals for children: Gov. John Bel Edwards approved a $100,000 grant to the Three O'Clock Project, a Baton Rouge-based nonprofit that provides free after-school meals to children under 18. With some public schools closing cafeterias, the Three O'Clock Project hired an additional 350 workers to meet demand. The nonprofit hopes to serve more than 30,000 children each day. (Announced April 9).


RESOURCE LINKS:

Louisiana US ED Application for GEER Funding

State Funding Priorites for CARES Act

Strong Start 2020: P-12 Planning Guide
Maine

$9,273,552

Application Approved
Online learning: Maine's application for GEER funding was approved on April 24. The state will use GEER funding to support its #ConnectKidsNow initiative. The initiative will provide devices and wireless contracts for K-12 students who are currently lacking connectivity. Of the estimated 24,000 students lacking connectivity, 15,652 need a wireless contract and 8,262 need only a device.
(Announced May 4.)

On May 15, Gov. Janet Mills announced that the Maine Department of Education (DOE) has secured internet access and devices to facilitate at-home learning for all Maine children for whom there was a reported need. Using GEER funds, Maine DOE secured 14,494 internet service contracts (mostly through WiFi-enabled tablets that can be used as hotspots and/or learning tools) and 7,450 Chromebooks.
(Announced May 15.)
Maine US ED Application for GEER Funding
Maryland

$45,657,990

Application Approved
Maryland's GEER application to US ED notes that the state will use some funds to support "students enrolled in public and state-funded private institutions." Funds will be used to purchase devices (e.g., laptops and hotspots) for students in need.

Eligible IHEs include 16 community colleges, 13 state-assisted private institutions, and 13 public colleges and universities. Funds should support a portion of over 352,000 students currently enrolled who could only access instructoin through on-campus libraries or computer laboratories.


UPDATE: MSDe announced that public and private IHEs with a College of Education may apply for the Innovative Approaches to Connecting with Students Competitive Grant opportunity.. Applications are due by July 29, 2020. (Announced July 9.)
"Governor Hogan and the Maryland Department of Education will distribute funding to the most significantly impacted local school systems." (Anounced April 16.)

More information: Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $45 Million for Governor's Emergency Relief Fund.

According to the state's GEER application to US ED, the Maryland State Department of Education conducted a survey of all 24 LEAs to determine capacity and identify barriers to remote learning. Further, "Maryland may distribute grants to local school systems to use the funds... to implement the state's Continutity of Learning Program for all students." Funds may be used to:

1) Purchase remote help desk and network management installation tools and services to manage security and software updates on devices distributed to staff/students.

2) Purchase subscription services that allow teachers to communicate with students and team members, and will enable therapists to deliver services to students virtually (e.g., Google Voice, Doxy.me). LEAs that already have these tools may use the funds to increase access to remote learning through the purchase of additional devices and hotspots.


UPDATE: MSDE has announced that it will now accept applications for the Innovative Approaches to Connecting with Students Competitive Grant opportunity. The funds will support education entities, "With a unique or innovative approach to engage students, teachers and school communities that address academic accessibility as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic." Priority will be given to programs that address at-risk students. Eligible entities include local school systems, public schools including charter schools, nonpublic schools, and public and private IHEs with a College of Education. Applications are due by July 29, 2020. (Announced July 9.)
Maryland US ED Application for GEER Funding

COVID-19 Resources for Maryland Schools

GEER Fund Competitive Grant Application: Innovative Approaches to Connecting with Students Competitive Grant, announced July 9
Massachusetts

$50,843,703

Application Approved
According to Massachusetts' GEER application to US ED, a recently enacted state law allowing for closer oversight of the financial conditions of IHEs will enable the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to identify IHEs with the greatest need.


Gov. Charlie Baker-Polito announced that the state would use is GEER funds to support the following postsecondary initiatives:

- Up to $25 million to cover COVID-related expenses associated with reopening colleges and universities, as well as certain non-public elementary and secondary schools. Funds will be allocated based on the number and percentage of low-income students these schools enroll;

- Up to $2.5 million in financial aid for low-income college students attending public colleges to ensure they can cover emergency expenses to continue their education;

- Up to $5 million set aside in an emergency reserve fund.
(Announced July 30.)
Gov. Charlie Baker-Polito announced that the state would use is GEER funds to support the following K-12 initiatives:

- Up to $10 million for early literacy programs that provide extra help to students through Grade 3, aimed at remediating learning loss children may have experienced since schools closed in March, as well as accelerate reading skills of children in high-need communities

- Up to $7.5 million to expand access to online courses, including advanced placement, early college or dual enrollment courses;

- Up to $5 million set aside in an emergency reserve fund.
(Announced July 30.)
The state's GEER application to US ED indicates that, ", the Department of Early Education and Care may collaborate with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to conduct an assessment of barriers to effective preschool education and, in partnership with the Children's Trust, explore connectivity and other access challenges for families with younger
children."
Massachusetts US ED Application for GEER Funding

Baker-Polito Administration Allocates $50 Million from the GEER Fund to Schools and Colleges Across the Commonwealth, press release from July 30
Michigan

$89,432,673

Application Approved
Michigan's GEER application to US ED suggests that the state may focus some funds on devices, internet connectivity, academic resources, and professional development. The application notes that, "Developing a plan for remote learning and addressing device needs are only the first steps in implementing successful remote learning. Student engagement and learning is driven by quality informational and academic resources and through support for unique student needs."Michigan US ED Application for GEER Funding
Minnesota

$43,427,249

Application Approved
Gov. Tim Walz announced that some GEER funds will be used to, "Support students in higher education including critical technology needs of students, Minnesota Tribal Colleges, and strengthening equity in education through targeted support of teacher preparation programs and postsecondary faculty. (Announced May 14.)


Minnesota will use $5.3 million GEER funds for the following postsecondary programs:

- Tribal Colleges: Leech Lake Tribal College, Red Lake Nation College, and White Earth Tribal and Community College will receive awards of $100,000 each to address critical technology need and ensure continued operations.

- Competitive Grants: Minnesota OHE will provide $5 million in competitive grants to public and private IHEs. Funding will be awarded under two priority areas:
1) Targeted support of teacher preparation programs and postsecondary faculty, with the goal of increasing equity in education. Supports may include supplemental grants to teacher candidates, support funds for teacher preparation programs, resources for faculty, and development and scaling of equity driven instructional resources. Priority will be given to programs serving students and/or faculty representing people of color, indeigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and lower-income persons.
2) Supports related to technology and remote learning at IHEs, focusing on lower-income students, students of color, indigenous students, and students with disabilities.

Eligible IHEs must have a physical campus in Minnesota. According to the state's GEER application to US ED, these competitive grants will be available to, "Public institutions, private institutions, and tribal colleges."

To sign up for notifications from MN OHE concerning GEER funding, subscribe here.
Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education will provide grants to LEAs. Funds can be used to address two key priority areas:

- Devices, internet connectivity: Expanding technology capacity to meet student learning needs, with particular attention to increasing broadband access, establishing wireless hotspots and purchasing devices such as laptops or tablets for students.

- Summer programs: Improving student-to-teacher ratios for summer school programming to at most six students per teacher.


Applicants for GEER funds must download and complete the application and budget worksheet. Completed applications and budget worksheets should then be uploaded into SERVS when the system is ready to process them.

All public school districts and charter schools are eligible for this formula grant program. Minnesota's GEER application to US ED notes that, "LEAs receiving GEER funds will provide equitable services to students and teachers in non-public schools located within the LEAs." Funds can cover expenses between March 13, 2020 and September 30, 2022.

The priority areas mostly align with Gov. Walz's intial recommendation that GEER funds be used for 1) Technology for K-12 students, 2) Summer school programming, and 3) Wrap-around supports similar to those students would receive in a full-service community school. (Announced May 14.)
Minnesota US ED Application for GEER Funding

MN Office of Higher Education GEER Fund

MN Department of Education GEER FAQs & Application for Districts
Mississippi

$34,662,872

Application Approved
Need-based: The state's GEER application to US ED notes that Mississippi will work with IHEs "to survey and evaluate capacity/need to ensure an equitable distribution of resources that will reflect geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. GEER funds can then be deployed to support IHEs, as necessary."Technology: Mississippi's GEER application to US ED states that some funds will be used to support the Mississippi Department of Education's technology plan. Due to the cost of the plan, GEER funds will support this effort, and the majority of the funding will come from other sources. The plan includes five stages: 1) devices and network equiptment, 2) accessibility, 3) training and support for students, families, teacheres, and IT staff, 4) measuring student performance, and 5) delivering instruction to special populations of students (e.g., assistive technology devices).Mississippi US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Suggested Uses

CARES Act FAQs
Missouri

$54,643,115

Application Approved
The state's GEER application to US ED notes that funds will be used to:

- Fill the largest gaps identified in the state's survey around internet connectivity, hardware, software, and training.
- Support institutions in meeting students' needs through wraparound services in the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Missouri's GEER application to US ED indicates that the state will use some funds to:

- Devices: Provide wi-fi enabled devices to tudents with the greatest need. Using non-GEER grant funds, the state will also provide low- and no-cost wi-fi signal to all students. Under the equitable services provision, non-public students will also receive benefits.

- Professional development: Missouri will develop training for educators that will "address the technical and instructional expertise" needed for remote teaching. This training will include the unique needs of students with disabilities, English learners, economically disadvantage students, and students from racial and ethnic minorities. Training resources will be available to all educators, including those in charter schools and non-public schools.


The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced that the state will use $20 million of GEER funds, "to support schools in providing additional student devices. Applications and the necessary documentation schools will be required to submit to collect this reimbursement will be forthcoming." (Announced July 7.)
Missouri US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Guidance

CARES Act Working Group, last meeting 5/21
Montana

$8,764,495

Application Approved
Montana will use some GEER funds to support the following postsecondary programs:

- $6.5 million for the Montana University System's One-Two-Free program. The program will offer dual enrollment courses to high school students, fund technology upgrades, and offer workforce training.

- Remote learning and technology upgrades for Carroll College ($500,000), Rocky Mountain College ($60,000) and the University of Providence ($30,000).
(Announced June 12.)
Montana will use some GEER funds to support the following K12 programs:

- $230,000 to expand the state's online learning platform, called the Montana Digital Academy. Funds will go toward expanding enrollment opportunities for students, extending remote proctoring services for credit recovery students, and identifying and addressing gaps in mathematics to prepare students for the fall.

- $500,000 for the Montana State Library to expand its mobile hotspot and mobile device lending programs.
(Announced June 12.)
Montana US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Guidance

CARES Act FAQs and Webinar
Nebraska

$16,357,685

Application Approved
The state's GEER application to US ED clarifies that, "Nebraska does not currently intend to award GEER Funds to IHEs for remote learning."

Gov. Kristi Noem announced that the state will use some GEER funds to launch UpSkill, a program to support workers dislocated by COVID-19. UpSkill consists of 22 online certificate programs in high-demand fields, including business, healthcare, information technology, and manufacturing. The programs will begin this fall at the state’s four technical colleges.

UpSkill participants will earn credentials at little or no cost. The Board of Technical Education and the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) are partnering to support UpSkill participants. Participants must be eligible for re-employment assistance through DLR and be deemed a dislocated worker.

Dislocated workers in South Dakota are encouraged to apply for the UpSkill program starting today. After completing an UpSkill program, participants can enter a new career field, advance in their current field, or continue their education.

More information can be found at www.SDUpSkill.com.
(Announced July 27.)
Devices, internet connectivity: According to Nebraska's GEER application to US ED, the state will use "some or all GEER funds to support technological capacity and access for K-12 students." The state will focus on providing students with reliable, high-speed internet. This may include purchasing internet-connected devices/equipment, mobile hotspots, wireless service plans, or installation of Community Wi-Fi Hotspots, especially in underserved communities.Nebraska US ED Application for GEER Funding

Governor Noem Announces UpSkill, press release from July 27
Nevada

$26,477,349

Application Approved
Nevada's GEER application to US ED notes that funds will be used to ensure that highest-need students in public and private IHEs can access remote learning. Funds will also be used to provide professoinal development for faculty around remote learning.According to the state's GEER application to US ED, Nevada has conducted a survey on LEAs technology needs. Priority areas include: mobile hotspots (both individual and community); devices with built-in hotspot; increased data plans to support families that will need additional bandwidth for multiple student learners at home; and school- and community-based infrastructure in support of connectivity. The application indicates that Nevada will use GEER funds to support:

- Instructional materials: The Nevada Distance Learning Collaborative includes NDE staff, distance-leanring experts, and external stakeholders. The collaborative will develop technological capacity, professional development, instructional materials.

- Professional development: NDE will provide evidence-based training on remote teaching. Training will be prioritized for "educators with the greatest needs: by content; by grade levels; and for targeted student populations."

- Re-opening facilities: NDE will develop a framework to assist LEAs in planning for a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school.

- Wraparound services: NDE will "support organizations with a track record of successfully partnering with districts and schools to provide wraparound services to students and families. Wraparound services may include, but are not limited to the following: physical health and wellness; early care and education; mental health and social-emotional development; family support; parent education."
The state's GEER application to US ED suggests that Nevada will use some funds to support organizations that have a history of partnering with K-12 schools to provide wraparound services. These wraparound services may include "early care and education."Nevada US ED Application for GEER Funding

FAQs, updated April 29

Federal COVID-19 Grant Opportunities, updated every Thursday
New Hampshire

$8,891,470

Application Approved
New Hampshire's GEER application to US ED identifies three priority areas: 1) remote instruction and support, 2) special education students and, 3) direct relief to low-income families whose educational opportunities have been disrupted, particularly as a result of escalating unemployment.

- Remote learning and support: New Hampshire conducted multiple surveys to understand LEA capacity for remote learning and then identified four areas of focus: internet connectivity, hardware, software and training, for both families and educators. The state is may develop an online leanring platform that would span K-12 and postsecondary.

- Special Education: Funds for student supports and services in collaboration with school districts to help ensure all students are on track with respect to educational goals.

- Low-Income Educational Relief: Funds will provide direct relief to families through scholarship organizations.
New Hampshire US ED Application for GEER Funding
New Jersey

$68,864,994

Application Approved
New Jersey will use all $68.8 million of its GEER funds to support public colleges and universities. The application for funding will require institutions to submit a financial impact statement for the period of March 9, 2020 through May 15, 2020. New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) will reach out to eligible institutions about the application process and will also post this information on its website at nj.gov/highereducation.
(Announced May 22.)

Public institutions can now apply for GEER funds. Application materials (Application Narrative and Financial Impact Statement) are due "before the close of business" on June 15. Applications should be sent to OSHE@OSHE.NJ.GOV with the subject line "Institution Name- GEERF Application."

New Jersey US ED Application for GEER Funding

New Jersey Department of Education News

GEER FAQs, updated June 8

GEER Application, now open to public institutions

GEER Financial Impact Statement
New Mexico

$22,262,663

Application Approved
According to the state's GEER application to US ED, New Mexico will use some funds to support early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary students by:

- Increasing technology infrastructure supports
- Purchasing and disseminating digital devices and connectivity options
- Purchasing software to support remote learning for all students
New Mexico's GEER application to US ED notes that the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and care Department proposes using funds for:

- Professional development for early childhood professionals

- Home learning support for families of young children

- Six to eight weeks of summer programming for pre-K students that prioritize access for
low-income and special needs students with a focus on kindergarten transition

- Supplying sanitization, cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the safe return of students
New Mexico US ED Application for GEER Funding
New York

$164,286,083

Application Approved
New York's GEER application to US ED indicates that the state will use all funds to support K-12 education. "School districts may choose to use these funds to support technological capacity and access including hardware and software, connectivity, and instructional expertise to support remote learning for all students."

According to an April 30 press release, "These funds will be allocated to school districts using the relative shares of grants awarded under Title I, Part A of the ESEA for the most recent fiscal year."
New York US ED Application for GEER Funding

Press Release, April 30
North Carolina

$95,638,869

Application Approved
Governor Cooper allocated $15 million to the state’s community college system, to provide tuition assistance for students who are seeking training in workforce programs of high demand. $6 million is being allocated to the University of North Carolina System for institutions to support students who may struggle to complete their degree due to COVID. Gov. Cooper also allocated an additional $4 million to assist North Carolina students who may have been impacted by COVID at independent universities and institutions. $566,000 will be used for the UNC System for the NC School of Science and Mathematics and the UNC School of the Arts.The State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction received $40 million to hire more school nurses, counselors, social workers and psychologists to work for public schools. $20 million will be used to support students who are at risk or have disabilities. This includes additional supports like programming, teachers, and teacher assistants. $10 million will be saved in case a new concern arises during the year. Press Release, August 12

North Carolina US ED Application for GEER Funding
North Dakota

$5,932,707

Application Approved
According to North Dakota's GEER application to US ED, "Governor Burgum in conjunction with the North Dakota University System will coordinate with each of the public universities and colleges within the state to ensure they have adequate resources to enhance technology to meet the demands of virtual learning, target the creation of curriculum to train the post COVID-19 workforce and prepare and for the “new normal” across all campuses."The state's GEER application to US ED indicates that North Dakota will use its funds to:

- Reduce learning disparities that may have occurred due to distance learning.
- Improve the transition between home and school learning environments in preparation of
future outbreaks.
- Support the health and safety procedures that will be necessary for summer and fall re-entry
into school facilities for students, staff and/or community.
- Collaborate with the ND Department of Public Instruction and other state education partners to
deliver professional learning for leaders and educators around virtual learning environments and best practices that increase student outcomes in a distance learning model.
North Dakota US ED Application for GEER Funding

ESSER Funding FAQs
Ohio

$104,917,025

Application Approved
The state's GEER application notes that, "Ohio will work with our institutions of higher education to examine the full impact of this disruption and may provide resources to institutions that have made efforts to shift their focus to distance learning or that need additional supports to continue executing their mission."According to Ohio's GEER application to US ED, the state may use some funds to provide internet connectivity and devices to students. Further, Ohio may use some funds to expand existing remote learning programs (e.g., statewide course-sharing programs) and provide wider access to other institutions and schools.Ohio US ED Application for GEER Funding
Oklahoma

$39,919,354

Application Approved
According to Oklaoma's GEER application to US ED, the state will survey IHEs to find what supports they need for remote learning. Additionally, "The state will look to IHEs to be innovative in their approach to meeting their mission to educate students."

UPDATE: Governor Kevin Stitt announced a $1 million grant using GEER funds to support Tri County Tech of Bartlesville in launching its Skills to Rebuild initiative. Tri County Tech’s Skills to Rebuild initiative will provide accelerated programs to train 375 individuals to immediately enter well-paying jobs that are in high demand in the region. The CARES Act grant will allow for Tri County Tech to make these programs tuition free for students who complete the programs. (Announced July 10.)
i) Oklahoma will use $8 million of GEER funds (along with $8 million of ESSER funds) to provide a total of $16 million in Incentive Grants to eligible school districts. Incentive Grants will be used to "bridge the digital divide." Eligible districts must have opted in on their ESSER formula funds application and must commit to spending at least 30% of those funds in at least two of five priority areas:

- Expanding connectivity for students to enable distance learning accentuating digital transformation (i.e., purchasing devices, hotspots, access points, partnership agreements, etc.)

- Purchasing a Content Management System (CMS) or Learning Management System (LMS) – either a new system or services added to an existing system to support students in distance learning

- Providing mental health supports through social and emotional learning tools for students experiencing trauma due to COVID-19

- Providing compensatory services to students identified to be at risk as a result of the closure of school buildings in spring 2020 (i.e., English learners, students with disabilities, students needing credit recovery, etc.)

- Providing training in the science of reading for teachers in Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, with a specific focus on delivering instruction remotely (i.e., contract with a vendor for professional development, use of programs identified through What Works Clearinghouse, purchase of curriculum or materials to be used in teacher training)

Grants will be awarded in amounts based on student enrollment on October 1, 2019. Districts can apply for Incentive Grants through the OSDE Grants Management System. Applications are due by June 22, 2020.
(Announced June 12.)

UPDATE: Oklahoma's CARES Act Incentive Grant application closed on June 22. The state awarded $16 million in Incentive Grants to 150 school districts. Awards ranged from $13,596 to $500,000. Funds are be available for districts to draw down through June 30, 2021. (Announced July 1.)

ii) Gov. Kevin Stitt announced that Oklahoma will use $30 million of GEER funds for three new education initiatives: 1) Learn Anywhere Oklahoma 2) Bridge the Gap Digital Wallet, and 3) Stay in School Funds. (Announced July 17.)

1) Learn Anywhere Oklahoma ($12 million)
This initiative will provide districts and families with digital access to "advanced and diverse coursework" across grades K-12, including AP courses. This program is offered through the Oklahoma Supplemental Online Course Program (OSOCP). Digital content will be purchased via the OSOCP will provide help desk support to schools in selecting the appropriate digital content for students. OSOCP will also provide professional development to schools with a focus on providing instruction to teachers related to best practices in distance learning instruction. Digital content will be available soon at learnanywhereok.org.

2) Bridge the Gap Digital Wallet ($8 million)
This program will provide $1,500 grants to more than 5,000 low-income families with grants to purchase curriculum content, tutoring services, and technology. More information about the grants will be announced soon at everykidcountsok.org.

3) Stay in School Funds ($10 million)
This initiative will provide temporary funds to students currently attending private schools whose continued attendance is threatened by the financial fallout of COVID-19. The program will distribute funds to low-income families who have suffered a COVID-19-related job loss or financial difficulty. More than 1,500 Oklahoma families will be able to access $6,500 funds. Oklahoma Private School Accrediting Commission (OPSAC) will oversee the distribution of these funds to families. Families can begin applying for the funds on August 1. More information about the program will be announced soon at opsac.org.
Oklahoma US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act FAQs, updated May 18

CARES Act Incentive Grants FAQs, updated June 19

CARES Act Incentive Grants Information
Oregon

$32,507,956

Application Approved
Oregon's GEER application to US ED notes that the state will provide funds for IHEs to overcome systemic barriers to remote learning. Allowable uses include, but are not limited to:

- Increasing access to internet and related technology and equipment necessary for remote learning

- Sustaining student support and economic relief programs to help students on their pathway to completion of a degree/credential.
According to Oregon's GEER application to US ED, the state will provide funds for LEAs "to support equitable and innovative approaches" to overcoming barriers to remote learning. Allowable uses include, but are not limited to:

- Increasing access to internet and related technology and equipment necessary for remote learning

- Critical services to address student social, emotional, and mental health

- Summer learning programs, including kindergarten transition, prioritizing efforts to ensure middle school and high school students are on track to graduate and complete credits toward their diploma.
Oregon US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Resources
Pennsylvania

$104,418,240

Application Approved
Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania will use approximately $28 million in GEER funds to support postsecondary instutions and adult basic education programs. (Announced August 3.)

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) determined the distribution of funds based on both the shares of total enrollments by each postsecondary sector and the number of socio-economically disadvantaged students served by institutions. Additionally, $500,000 of the total funds were set aside to provide relief to adult basic education providers.

GEER funds can be used toward the safe reopening of schools in light of COVID-19. This may include, but is not limited to, the purchasing protective equipment, hand sanitizer/cleaning products; equipment or technology to take classrooms online; installation of barriers or other protective devices in building structures; or to purchase health apps to assist in contact tracing and monitoring of students.

Grant recipients will receive direct communication from PDE with eGrant application instructions.
According to Pennsylvania's GEER application to US ED, the state will use funds to increase connectivity for all students, including English learners, students with disabilites, students in poverty, students experiencing homelessness, and students in foster care. Efforts may include:

- Internet connectivity: Expanding access to affordable, high-speed broadband for students and library users (including robust Wi-Fi services) in unserved and underserved areas

- Devices: Facilitating the deployment of digital devices and technology for students and library users


Additionally, the application lists many possible uses for the funds. Funds may be allocated to LEAs, IHEs, and other eligible education entitites for the following:

- Adult learners: Develop resources to support learners, including those in career and technical education programs and adult basic education, with transitioning from in-person instruction to virtual learning platforms as they pursue advanced degrees and industry-recognized credentials

- Early childhood: Provide resources for caregivers and families to support remote learning and child development at home, including two-generation approaches that support both the child and caregiver

- Summer programs: Provide educator, staff, and student enrichment learning opportunities over the summer to ensure a successful transition into the 2020-21 school year and beyond

- Special Education: Provide access to specialized instructional resources and programs (digital and non-digital) for students with disabilities
Pennsylvania's GEER application to US ED lists several potential uses for the funds. Notably, the funds may be used to, "Provide resources for caregivers and families to support remote learning and child development at home, including two-generation approaches that support both the child and caregiver."

Gov. Wolf announced that the state will use $3 million of GEER funds to help preschool early intervention programs purchase pandemic-related supplies.

Pennsylvania’s Early Intervention program provides support and services to families with children, from ages three to five, with developmental delays and disabilities. Approximately 13,700 children are enrolled in Early Intervention classrooms across the commonwealth.

Preschool Early Intervention Programs offering classroom services to eligible children may request GEER funds to provide personal protective equipment, sanitization and disinfecting supplies, and additional staff to support COVID-19 mitigation and training on health and safety practices. Preschool Early Intervention Programs will receive direct communication from PDE with eGrant application instructions.
(Announced July 28.)
Pennsylvania US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Information

Gov. Wolf: $28 Million to Help Higher Education Resume Operations, press release from August 3

PA Department of Education, GEER Funds Recipients: Postsecondary Institutions and Adult Basic Education Providers

Gov. Wolf Announces $3 Milion for Preschool Early Intervention Programs, press release from July 28
Rhode Island

$8,704,245

Application Approved
The state's GEER application to US ED notes that, "The state is considering expanding funds to directly support impacted students with college persistence and completion during COVID-19."According to Rhode Island's GEER application to US ED, the state is considering using GEER funds to support remote learning through:

- Professional development for educators around remote learning
- Resources to improve summer learning efforts
- Best practices to address the social-emotional needs of students, staff, and families
Rhode Island US ED Application for GEER Funding
South Carolina

$48,467,924

Application Approved
Gov. Henry McMaster announced that the state will use $2.4 million of its GEER funds to support the states eight HBCUs. Originally a recommendation from accelerateSC, this investment will be used to support online instruction at each institution by upgrading hardware and by purchasing software, eLearning resources, and electronic textbooks. The allocation to each HBCU was based on the formula by which federal funds authorized under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) were dispersed: overall student enrollment at each institution and the percentage of Pell Grant recipients enrolled at each institution. (Announced July 9.)South Carolina's GEER application to US ED notes that, "The governor will use the recommendations of accelerateSC to determine if, and how, funds can be used to support technological capacity using both the GEER funds and the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Access to high-speed Internet, appears to be the largest barrier to remote learning for many of our citizens, especially those who live in rural South Carolina."

1) Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) grant program
Gov. Henry McMaster announced that the state will use $32 million of its GEER funds to support students attending private, parochial, or independent schools. The SAFE grant program can provide up to $6,500 per student and will help approximately 5,000 students. The first 2,500 grants will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis and the remaining grants will be distributed by lottery. Eligible families have a household gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level (e.g., $78,600 for a family of four). Parents can sign up to receive an alrt for when the SAFE grant portal opens at mysceducation.org. (Announced July 20.)
South Carolina US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Guidance, updated April 21
South Dakota

$7,944,013

Application Approved
In a May 26 press conference, Gov. Kristi Noem reported that the state will use $5.7 million of its GEER funds for "quality remote learning, teacher professional development, and supporting students as they come back into the building."

South Dakota's GEER application notes that, "The state will consider applications from LEA's and IHEs within several priority areas." Priority areas include: 1) technology for connecting students and educators remotely, and 2) training for educators to provide quality remote learning. The state will prioritize grant applications that address the technology needs of students who face barriers to remote learning.
South Dakota US ED Application for GEER Funding

Gov. Kristi Noem announced that "the remaining $2.2 million of [GEER funds] will go to support workers who have layoffs or closures." (Announced May 26.)

RESOURCE LINKS:

CARES Act Guidance, updated April 27
Tennessee

$63,582,031

Application Approved
The state's GEER application to US ED indicates that, funds will be made available to IHEs to:
- Technology: Purchase hardware (i.e., laptop computers, WiFi hotspots) to lend to students who do not have technology and/or broadband access in their homes. This is especially critical in Tennessee’s rural communities.
- Professional development: Provide resources for institutions to train faculty to teach online courses effectively.
- Instructional materials: Develop Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for commonly taught (i.e., English 1010, Math 1010) courses.

Gov. Bill Lee shared that the state will use its GEER funds to provide $20 million in grants to public and nonprofit private higher education institutions through a Coronavirus Relief Fund. Award amounds will be based on institutions' low-income student population. Regionally-accredited public and private, nonprofit IHEs who are eligible for Title IV funding may apply. (Announced July 7.)


Grants through the Coronavirus Relief Fund may be used to cover expenses associated with implementing social distancing and technological improvements for distance learning. Such expenses may include:

- Social Distance Expenses. As precautions for public health, IHEs are expected to make physical changes, limit enrollment in on-ground classes, and install or upgrade technology. IHEs may adapt classroom configurations to ensure classes are taught in a socially distanced manner. Similarly, residential IHEs may incur costs to provide student housing that complies with COVID-19 health precautions.

- Online Transition. IHEs are leveraging technology to manage social distancing recommendations while also preparing to suspend physical operations due to further COVID-19 outbreaks. Two common options include online course delivery to manage overflow from capped courses and shifting educational activities to an online format in late November to limit student holiday travel.
According to Tennessee's GEER aplication to US ED, the state will "use the majority of the GEER funds for implementation supports for all students in literacy." Specifically, funds will support high-quality literacy materials, teacher training videos, and implementation supports for use of devices and online learning platforms supported by ESSER funds.


Gov. Bill Lee announced that the state will use $61 million of its GEER funds to support K-12 education. The first wave of grant funding includes releasing $11 million for grants to local education agencies (LEA) to support reopening efforts from the Coronavirus Relief Fund Grants. An additional $50 million will be made available to support technology grants that can be used on wi-fi devices, laptops, or any other devices needed to support reopening. More information regarding K-12 grants, including how to apply for the funding, will be provided directly by the Tennessee Department of Education to districts through their ePlan login. (Announced July 7.)


- LEA Reopening and Programmatic Supports. ($11 million.) Reopening grants are noncompetitive grants to support cohorts of districts with continuous learning plan implementation throughout the year in amounts ranging from $25,000 - $150,000 each.

- District Technology Grant. ($50 million.) These grants support district device strategies as necessary components to implement distance learning. The Tennessee Department of Education will launch a noncompetitive grant program managed through TDOE ePlan that allows for a match program.
Tennessee US ED Application for GEER Funding

Press Release: Gov. Lee Announces $81 Million in Coronavirus RElief Grants, announced July 7
Texas

$307,026,008

Application Approved
According to the state's GEER application, Texas will use some funds to provide grants to IHEs (both public and private) to support effective online learning in the following categories:

- New instructional materials: Grants will support faculty teams in developing new OER for online delivery of one or more of the fifty most frequently transferred Texas Core Curriculum courses, with an emphasis on effective instructional design.

- Redesign instructional materials: Grants will support faculty teams in the effective redesign of any of the fifty most frequently transferred Texas Core Curriculum courses, incorporating or adapting existing OER. These courses represent the vast majority of courses transferred among and across Texas institutions.

- Data analysis: Grants to support the implementation of institutional data analytics and reporting capabilities to drive student progress toward timely completion.

The state will also work with IHEs and experts to develop an online learning platform with curated resources and associated data about effective approaches to online learning and student success.


Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the state will use $57 million of its GEER funds to, "Maintain the state’s need-based financial aid programs and keep more students enrolled at their colleges and universities." The press release notes that the funds, "Will ffset potential coronavirus-related cuts to key state financial aid programs, including TEXAS Grants, Texas Educational Opportunity Grants, and Tuition Equalization Grants." (Announced July 8.)


UPDATE: Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the state will allocate an additional $118 million of its GEER funds to support higher education. Combined with the previous allocation of $57 million, the state will invest a total of $175 million of GEER funds in higher education. (Announced July 22.)

This additional $118 million investment will support the following programs:

- CTE ($46.5 million). Targeted financial aid for upskilling and reskilling displaced workers in high-demand fields, including workers who have earned some college credit but no credential, allowing new paths into the workforce with higher earning potential.

- Student aid ($46.5 million). Emergency student support so students whose families have been severely financially impacted by COVID-19 can stay enrolled in higher education.

- Data systems ($15 million). Strategic education and workforce data infrastructure to provide timely, actionable intelligence to students, institutions, employers, and policymakers; scale and expand existing technologies and tools that support college and career advising; and help students stay on track to earn high-value credentials.

- Instructional materials ($10 million) Improve the quality of online learning by strengthening distance education course offerings and bolstering institutions’ capabilities to use data to support student success. This will include funds to develop Open Educational Resource course materials that significantly reduce costs to students.
Texas' GEER application to US ED indicates that the state will use funds to support remote learning for students by:

- Ensuring 100% of students have broadband and the necessary devices at home, through Operation Connectivity

- Gathering feedback on the devices needed to ensure all LEAs can offer quality remote learning, and supporting LEAs in acquiring those devices

- Providing a virtual, evidence-based dyslexia intervention service that includes all required state components and uses a technology platform that allows for continuity of dyslexia intervention
Texas US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Information

CARES Act Funding FAQ, updated June 4
Utah

$29,189,663

Application Approved
Utah US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Suggested Uses
Vermont

$4,488,802

Application Approved
Vermont US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Initial Guidance, released April 17
Virginia

$66,775,322

Application Approved
Gov. Northam announced that Virginia will use $23.4 million of GEER funds towards higher education:

- $14.5 million will be allocated to four-year public institutions and Richard Bland College

- $3.8 million will be allocated to private, four-year Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) eligible institutions

- $4.9 million will be distributed to the Virginia Community College System to support the following initiatives:
- One-time funding to address immediate student financial needs;
- Last-dollar scholarships for displaced adults who enroll in stackable credential programs leading to jobs in targeted industry sectors; and
- Initiatives to extend internet access into parking lots on or adjacent to the 40 campuses to provide help connect students who do not have internet subscriptions at home.

- $175,000 will also be distributed among Virginia’s five higher education centers, which provide access to college degrees and job training for in-demand careers located in parts of the Commonwealth with fewer college and university resources.
(Announced June 10.)
Gov. Northam announced that Virginia will use $33.4 million of GEER funds for K12 education:

- $26.9 million to expand high-speed internet access across the state, including providing laptops and mobile hotspots to students.

- $3.5 million to expand the state's online learning platform for elementary and middle school students, called "Virtual Virginia." The platform will enable teachers to create and share content, provide personalized instruction to students, and participate in professional development for quality remote teaching.

- $3 million to cover unfunded costs for continuing school-based meal programs while schools remain closed, including hazard pay for nutrition staff.
(Announced June 10.)


UPDATE: The Virginia Department of Education is now accepting applications from LEAs for additional funding through the CARES Act, inclduing both GEER and ESSER funds. $21 million of GEER funds will be awarded to LEAs through formula-based competitive grants. These funds will support school nutrition operations and remote learning for students in need of devices and internet access. LEAs received a consolidated application for GEER and ESSER funds earlier this week. The application is due by August 14, 2020. (Announced July 17.)
Gov. Northam announced that Virginia will use $10 million to expand early learning and child care programs, (Announced June 10.) "especially for children with academic and social needs."Virginia US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Information

Gov. Northam Announces $66.8 Million in Emergency Education Relief Funding, Released June 10

Washington

$56,769,263

Application Approved
According to the state's GEER application to US ED, Washington, "Is analyzing whether to use GEER funds to support technological capacity and access. We remain concerned about the ability of low income and rural students to access online resources due to lack of devices and/or lack of connectivity."Washington US ED Application for GEER Funding
West Virginia

$16,353,314

Application Approved
Gov. Jim Justice announced that the state will use$2.5M in GEER funds to test all college and university students for COVID-19.The funds will be used to ensure that all public and private college and university students and staff members are able to be tested for COVID-19 upon their return to campus.

“We are pledging, right now, $2.5 million to go toward our smaller schools because WVU and Marshall have their own plans and they’re working them great,” Gov. Justice said. “But, for our smaller schools, we will support them with the funds and then we will defer to them as far as determining exactly how they’re going to do the testing.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will ensure that the institutions that need these funds to fully test their students and staff get what they need. The Governor has also asked the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia National Guard to provide resources and support as needed.
(Announced July 31.)
West Virginia US ED Application for GEER Funding

CARES Act Guidance

Gov. Justice commits $2.5M to test all college and university students, press release from July 31
Wisconsin

$46,550,411

Application Approved
Wisconsin will use $46.6 million of GEER funds for K-12 schools. Funds will target students and districts that, "Have the highest reomte leanring needs and have been most significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic." (Announced June 17.)

Wisconsin's GEER application to US ED indicates that the state will use some funds to support, "Technological capacity and access, including hardware and software, connectivity, and instructional expertise." Supports should prioirtize students with the greatest need.


Gov. Tony Evers announced that the state will allocate $46.6 million of GEER funds to support 155 LEAs "most significantly impacted by COVID-19." Eligibility is based on economic disadvantage, access to personal computing devices, access to internet, and students' score on the statewide ELA assessment. Wisconsin’s three tribal schools will also receive the same per pupil payment as the 155 LEAs. DPI will provide additional information about applying for the funds. (Announced July 23.)
Wisconsin US ED Application for GEER Funding

School Finance FAQs, updated 5/21
Wyoming

$4,700,937

Application Approved
According to Wyoming's GEER application to US ED, "In addition to supporting Community Colleges, the State intends to award funds to local Adult Education providers to purchase equipment, supplies, professional development, and increased instructional hours needed to achieve both federal and state goals for adult education. In order to continue to serve this disadvantaged population, adult education centers across the state will use various strategies aimed to increase or maintain retention and completion rates, such as offering multiple learning platforms which provide learners with the means to attend classes in various formats."Wyoming's GEER application to US ED notes that, "the state intends on awarding districts through a per pupil formula to address remote learning needs identified in the districts adapted learning plans. These needs could include hardware, software, connectivity and instructional expertise to ensure access and a continuation of learning for all students."Wyoming US ED Application for GEER Funding

Survey on Use of GEER Funds