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Information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act.

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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 CDE U.S. Department of Education (ED) Relief Funds listserv by sending a blank email message to join-edrelieffunds@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

COVID-19 Relief Funding Cheat Sheet

CARES Act Funding | CRRSA Act Funding | Reporting Requirements | Capital Expenditures | Waivers | Other

CARES Act Funding

In response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (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 Fund) and the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund). The ESSER fund accounts for approximately $13.2 billion of funding for all states and California's allocation is $1,647,306,127. The GEER 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.

For more information on CARES Act funding, please visit the CDE CARES Act Funding web page.

CRRSA Act Funding

In response to COVID-19 the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act), which was enacted on December 27, 2020.

The two main funding sources are the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund) and the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II Fund). The ESSER II Fund accounts for approximately $54.3 billion of funding for all states and California’s allocation is $6,709,633,866. The GEER II Fund accounts for approximately $4.05 billion of funding for all states, and California’s allocation is $341,442,086. Within the GEER II there is the special carve-out for non-public schools, the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS), which accounts for $2.75 billion. This funding will provide 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.

For more information regarding on CRRSA Act funding, please visit the CDE CRRSA Act Funding web page.

Reporting Requirements

CARES Act Reporting Application

CARES Act Quarterly Reporting Help Page

CARES Act Annual Reporting Help Page

Reporting Period Recipients Reporting Window Open Final Day to Report
7/1 – 9/30/2020 10/1/2020 10/7/2020

Obligations/Expenditures 10/1 – 10/31/2020
Projected Expenditures through 12/30/2020

11/10/2020 11/18/2020
10/1 – 12/31/2020 12/16/2020 1/5/2021
1/1 – 3/31/2021 3/22/2021 4/5/2021
4/1 – 6/30/2021 7/1/2021 7/7/2021
7/1 – 9/30/2021 9/30/2021 10/6/2021

Capital Expenditures Pre-Approval Application for ESSER, ESSER II, and GEER

The federal standards found in the CARES Act indicate that the ESSER Fund and the GEER Fund be subject to the Uniform Grants Guidance program management regulations. Additionally, under the CRRSA Act the ESSER II Fund is also subject to the Uniform Grants Guidance. Those regulations contain a requirement that capital expenditures for general purpose equipment, buildings and land, including material improvements thereto, are allowable as direct costs only with prior written approval of the federal awarding agency or pass-through entity, as found in the Code of Federal Regulatons (CFR) in 2 CFR 200.439(a). Similarly, special purpose equipment are allowable as direct costs, provided that items with a unit cost of $5,000 or more have prior written approval as found in 2 CRF 200.439.

Capital Expenditures Pre-Approval Application Form (PDF)

For construction projects, LEAs must follow applicable federal construction regulations, such as safety and health standards (34 CRF 75.609), energy conservation (34 CRF 75.616), and Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rules. Any LEA requesting preapproval must provide documentation showing that the LEA is not able to meet the need arising from the health emergency in a more cost-effective or efficient manner, such as leasing property or improving property already owned and in use.

This pre-approval is not required for Coronavirus Relief (CR) Fund expenditures, or the General Fund (GF). However, please note that Treasury Guidance (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab. issued January 15, 2021 states that, generally, capital improvement projects are not allowed with the CR Fund.

Please submit the completed Capital Expenditures Pre-Approval Application Form, along with any additional documentation, to the CDE Federal Stimulus Team at EDReliefFunds@cde.ca.gov.

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 ESSA web page.

Other Information

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

COVID-19 Time and Effort Requirements

Questions:   CDE Federal Stimulus Team | EDReliefFunds@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 8, 2021
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