In response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (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. This federal stimulus funding is the second act of federal relief in response to COVID-19, following the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020.
For U.S. based schools, 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.
The GEER II Fund accounts for approximately $4.05 billion of funding for all states. 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 schools with emergency relief funds to address the impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.
Congress specifically allowed the use of the ESSER II and EANS funds for the purchase of air purification systems like the Hi Tech Air Reactor. Check with your state to determine if your school meets the specified criteria to receive this funding.
More information on ESSER II can be found on the Department of Education’s website.
The Department of Education posts weekly updates on the EANS awards that have been granted to each state here: EANS Awards. Additional information on EANS funding can be found here.