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Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
Through the COVID Relief Act of 2021, $81.88 billion was allocated to the US Department of Education (USED) for the Education Stabilization fund. After a small set aside of this total, 5% of the remaining funds were to be used to make supplemental Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER II) Funds grants. This emergency block grant empowers Governors to decide how best to meet the current needs of students, schools (including charter schools and non-public schools), post-secondary institutions, and other education-related organizations in their State so that faculty continue to teach and students continue to learn. Governors are encouraged to focus these resources on ensuring that all students continue to learn most likely through some form of remote learning.
Grant funds awarded under the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund may be used to—
- provide emergency support through grants to local educational agencies that the State educational agency deems have been most significantly impacted by coronavirus to support the ability of such local educational agencies to continue to provide educational services to their students and to support the on-going functionality of the local educational agency;
- provide emergency support through grants to institutions of higher education serving students within the State that the Governor determines have been most significantly impacted by coronavirus to support the ability of such institutions to continue to provide educational services and support the on-going functionality of the institution; and
- provide support to any other institution of higher education, local educational agency, or education-related entity within the State that the Governor deems essential for carrying out emergency educational services to students for authorized activities described in section 18003(d)(1) of the CARES Act or the Higher Education Act, the provision of child care and early childhood education, social and emotional support, and the protection of education-related jobs.
Further, GEER II funds shall not be used to —
- provide direct or indirect financial assistance to scholarship-granting organizations or related entities for elementary or secondary education; or
- provide or support vouchers, tuition tax credit programs, education savings accounts, scholarships, scholarship programs, or tuition-assistance programs for elementary or secondary education.
Note: From the total GEER II funding available, the ED Secretary shall reserve $2,750,000,000 to also provide Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools grants (GEER EANS). Unlike with GEER funding provided under the CARES act, LEA sub-awardees are not required to provide equitable services to non-public schools under GEER II. For more information, please request the Grants Office grant summary for your state's GEER EANS program for non-public schools.
History of Funding
Thus far, the Illinois State Board of Education has approved two contracts to utilize $15,272,902 of the available 47,912,306 GEER II Funds:
- $12,328,942 released as a discretionary grant to the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA).
- $2,943,960 released through a sole source contract with the Knowledge Center at Chaddock.
$250,000 was approved to fund the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. https://www.ibhe.org/board/2021/August/Item_C-05_for_IMSA_GEER%202_Funds_edited_Approved.pdf
$1 million was awarded to IBHE to issue a competitive RFP for private Illinois colleges and universities, to help them address learning renewal and social emotional needs of students resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.ibhe.org/board/2021/August/Item_C-06_for_Private_C_U_GEER_2_Funds_edited_Approved.pdf
$9,850,000 to the Illinois Community College Board for the Learning Renewal Initiative which provides educational funding to address unprecedented interruptions to classroom learning and development https://govappsqa.illinois.gov/gata/csfa/Program.aspx?csfa=2727
$11,575,000 to the Illinois Board of Higher Education https://govappsqa.illinois.gov/GATA/CSFA/Program.aspx?csfa=2856
Information pertaining to the remaining $9,964,404 is not yet available.
This summary shall be updated once those reports have been submitted as well as when awardees for Illinois' GEER II funding have been announced.
An overview of differences between CARES Act GEER and GEER II is visible at: https://oese.ed.gov/files/2021/01/FINAL_-GEER_FactSheet_1.8.211.pdf
State Governors may apply on behalf of their State. It is expected that Governors will then redistribute or regrant awarded funds to Local Education Agencies, Institutions of Higher Education, or other education service providers.
In Iowa, the following entities are eligible:
- Competitive Grants for Mental Health Supports for Public PK-12 Schools: public PK-12 schools
- Competitive Grants Expanding the GAP Tuition Assistance Program: community colleges
This information is not yet available.
?This is a one-time emergency funding opportunity. Future deadlines are not anticipated.
A total of $4,053,060,000 has been allocated for the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund II. The amount of each state's GEER grant was determined based on the following formula:
- 60% on the basis of their relative population of individuals aged 5 through 24.
- 40% on the basis of their relative number of children counted under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
Illinois has been granted a total of $132,402,110 for GEER II, of which a total of $47,912,306 is available for discretionary use after the set aside for the state's GEER EANS grant opportunity. Each Governor shall return to the ED Secretary any funds received under GEER II that the Governor does not award or obligate within 1 year (January 2022), so that those funds may be reallocated. Funds under this program will remain available for sub-awardee obligation through September 30, 2023. Further, funds may also be used to reimburse any allowable pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, when the national coronavirus emergency was declared.
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