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CRRSA: Ed Stabilization Fund - Bureau of Indian Education II

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)


    As part of the CRRSA Act's Education Stabilization Fund, the Department of Education (USED) is required to set aside 0.5% of the $80.88 billion allocated to be used specifically for programs operated or funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI). Funding is to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    BIE-funded K-12 schools may use the funds for any purposes listed in the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II) of the CRRSA. Generally, grant funds awarded under ESSER II may be used by Local Education Agencies towards the following:

    1. Any activity authorized by the ESEA of 1965, including the Native Hawaiian Education Act and the Alaska Native Educational Equity, Support, and Assistance Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (‘‘IDEA''), the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (‘‘the Perkins Act''), or subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
    2. Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies with State, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments, and other relevant agencies, to improve coordinated responses among such entities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
    3. Providing principals and other school leaders with the resources necessary to address the needs of their individual schools.
    4. Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population.
    5. Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies.
    6. Training and professional development for staff of the local educational agency on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases.
    7. Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of a local educational agency, including buildings operated by such agency.
    8. Planning for and coordinating during long-term closures, including for how to provide meals to eligible students, how to provide technology for online learning to all students, how to provide guidance for carrying out requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.) and how to ensure other educational services can continue to be provided consistent with all Federal, State, and local requirements.
    9. Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the local educational agency that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including low-income students and students with disabilities, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment.
    10. Providing mental health services and supports.
    11. Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental after-school programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.
    12. Addressing learning loss among students, including low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care, of the local educational agency, including by—
      1. Administering and using high-quality assessments that are valid and reliable, to accurately assess students' academic progress and assist educators in meeting students' academic needs, including through differentiating instruction.
      2. Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students.
      3. Providing information and assistance to parents and families on how they can effectively support students, including in a distance learning environment.
      4. Tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education.
    13. School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce the risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs.
    14. Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including mechanical and non-mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, filtering, purification, and other air cleaning, fans, control systems, and window and door repair and replacement.
    15. Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in local educational agencies and continuing to employ an existing staff of the local educational agency.

    TCUs may use the funds for any purposes listed in the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) of the CRRSA. An institution of higher education receiving funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund may use the awarded funds to defray expenses associated with coronavirus, so long as such costs do not include:

    • payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities (including marketing and advertising);
    • endowments; or
    • capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship

    The restrictions in section 314(d)(5) of the CRRSA (special provisions for HBCUs and MSIs) do not apply to these ESF-BIE II funds.


    History of Funding

    The BIE has awarded a total of $221,076,000 to BIE-K12 schools. Individual awards for each school are listed at:

    The BIE has not publicly released information on the remaining awards. Grants Office has a pending FOIA submission for this information and this summary will be updated once the requested information has been provided.

    Additional Information

    BIE will report on the following schedule regarding the ESF-BIE II Fund, including the same content established in the original CARES Act ESF-BIE Agreement:

    1. First report –due April 30, 2021 (January 1 –March 31, 2021)
    2. Second report –due July 31, 2021 (April 1 –June 30, 2021)
    3. Third report –due October 31, 2021 (July 1 –September 30, 2021)
    4. Final report –due January 30, 2022 (October 1 –December 31, 2021)
    5. Provide to ED a copy of the reports required under section 15011(b) of the CARES Act (which is made applicable to the funds under the CRRSAby section 801(b) of Division O of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021); those monthly reports may be combined and sent to ED on the report due dates in #1-4 above, followed by any further monthly reports required after such dates.


    Robert Salley

    Robert Salley
    1849 C Street NW
    Washington, DC 20240

  • Eligibility Details

    BIE-funded K-12 schools, early childhood programs, and/or Tribal colleges and universities are eligible.

    Deadline Details

    The ED Secretary shall award funds within 30 calendar days of the COVID Relief Act enactment to the BIE. This legislation passed on December 22, 2020 therefore it is expected that funding shall be awarded no later than January 21, 2021 to the BIE for further distribution. The BIE is then encouraged to and will make every effort to distribute funds to BIE schools within 90 days of the transfer of ESF-BIE funds from USED.

    This is a one-time emergency funding opportunity. Future deadlines are not anticipated.

    Award Details

    The Bureau has been awarded a total of $409,400,000, of which no less than 90% must be re-granted as follows:

    • 60% for BIE-funded schools
    • 40% for Tribal Colleges and Universities, distributed according to the formula used for TCUs in the Higher Education Act of 1965

    The BIE may use the remaining funds for emergency needs, as determined by the BIE, to address issues responding to COVID-19. These emergency needs may be addressed through the use of grants or contracts. They could include, for example

    • Support any education-related entity that BIE deems essential for carrying out emergency educational services to students, the provision of childcare and early childhood education, social and emotional support, and the protection of education-related jobs.
    • BIE system-wide support for all of its elementary and secondary schools in response to COVID-19, such as software and remote learning tools.

    With the funds not awarded, BIE may reserve up to 0.5% of the total allocation for administrative costs.

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