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CARES Act Funding

Information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and associated funds and waivers, including the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund.

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In response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act, which was signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020.

This relief package provided states with both funding and streamlined waivers to give State educational agencies (SEAs) necessary flexibilities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief package includes $30.75 billion in emergency education funding.

The two main funding sources are the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER I Fund) and the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER I Fund). The ESSER I fund accounts for approximately $13.2 billion of funding for all states and California's allocation is $1,647,306,127. The GEER I Fund accounts for approximately $3 billion of funding for all states, and California's allocation is $355,227,235. This funding will provide local educational agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.

New information and guidance will be added as it becomes available. If you would like to be notified when new information is available, please join the California Department of Education (CDE) U.S. Department of Education (ED) Relief Funds listserv by sending a blank email message to join-edrelieffunds@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

CARES Act Funding Overview Table (DOCX)

ESSER I Funds | Learning Loss Mitigation Funding | Reporting | Waivers | Other Information

ESSER I Funds

State awards for the ESSER I Fund are in the same proportion that each state received under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, in fiscal year (FY) 2019–20. Each state must use no less than 90 percent of its allocation ($1,482,575,514) to make subgrants to LEAs, based on each LEA’s share of funds received under Title I, Part A in fiscal year 2019–20.

ESSER I Funding
Includes LEA application for funds, use of funds, and preliminary allocations.

Learning Loss Mitigation Funding

The Learning Loss Mitigation Funding (LLMF), authorized by the 2020–21 budget package, appropriates $5,334,997,000 from three different funding sources to be allocated to LEAs in order to support pupil academic achievement and mitigate learning loss related to COVID-19 school closures. The Learning Loss Mitigation funding includes funding from the General Fund (GF), the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and GEER I.

LLMF Web Page
Includes LEA application for funds, funding sources, and use of funds. LLMF is also subject to quarterly reporting requirements.

Reporting

For reporting on the use of CARES Act funds, including ESSER I funds and LLMF, please use the Reporting Application. For more information on the reporting periods and deadlines, please visit the CDE Federal Stimulus Reporting web page.

Quarterly Expenditure Reports

The CARES Act Quarterly Expenditure Report data reported by LEAs is available in the spreadsheets below.

CARES Act CRF, Cycles 1-5 (March 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021) (XLSX)

CARES Act ESSER I Fund, Cycles 1-4 (March 13, 2020 – June 30, 2021) (XLSX)

CARES Act GEER I Fund, Cycles 1-4 (March 13, 2020 – June 30, 2021) (XLSX)

CARES Act GF, Cycles 1-4 (March 13, 2020 – June 30, 2021) (XLSX)

Waivers

Additionally, the CARES Act also provided for Secretarial waiver authority, under which the U.S. Department of Education (ED) can waive certain provisions due to the COVID-19 emergency.

A streamlined waiver process has been made available through the CARES Act and ED. Both the Assessment and Accountability Waiver as well as the Funding Flexibility Waiver have been approved by ED and ratified by the California State Board of Education.

For more information on these waivers, please visit the CDE’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) web page.

Other Information

CARES Act Text External link opens in new window or tab.

COVID-19 Time and Effort Requirements

ED ESSER and GEER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; Added 27-May-2021)

CDE ESSER I Fund FAQs

CDE LLMF FAQs

Questions:   CDE Federal Stimulus Team | EDReliefFunds@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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