Issue Brief 20-13
May 12, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136) provided $13.229 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. The Department of Education (ED) invited applications for these formula grants on April 23, 2020. The deadline for states to apply is July 1, 2020; however, ED will process applications as they are received and funds will be released on a rolling, expedited basis.

This brief provides an overview of requirements, allowed uses, state-by-state allocations, and related details.