Thank you for inquiring about funding opportunities to get cleaner air in your schools. Below you will find the most current information regarding federal funding opportunities.
1. ELC Funding
Since 1995, the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Cooperative Agreement has been critical to U.S. health departments’ ability to detect, respond to, control, and prevent infectious diseases. In Budget Period 3, (August 1, 2021-July 31, 2022) the CDC awarded $247,884,012 to the 64 ELC recipients, which include all 50 states, several large metro areas, and U.S. territories and affiliates. Because this was made available through an opt-out grant (and no one opted out of the program) you do not need to apply for this money. In our experience, it is likely at the state or county health department. This deadline was extended to July 31, 2023.
2. Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER)
The government has signed three ESSER packages into law, totaling $189.5 billion. ESSER’s purpose was to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help schools recover from its effect.
Is my school eligible for ESSER funding?
Every school within a district, regardless of its Title I status, is eligible to receive ESSER funding. Charter schools that belong to LEAs (local educational agencies) are eligible to receive ESSER funding as well.
How can my school apply for ESSER funding?
School districts may apply for ESSER funding through their state educational agency, or SEA. “An SEA is the agency primarily responsible for the State supervision of public elementary schools and secondary schools.” For example: the Ohio Department of Education is the SEA in Ohio. The Wisconsin Department of Institution is the SEA in Wisconsin.
SEA’s in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia apply directly to the Department of Education for ESSER funds and are responsible for allocating the funds to relevant school districts.
What can ESSER funds be used for?
Purchasing health and safety equipment, such as air purifiers, to help prevent the spread of disease.
When do ESSER funds expire?
School districts have a limited time to spend ESSER funds. Each round of ESSER money has a specific deadline for use, or “period of availability”:
ESSER II funds are available for use until September 30, 2023
ESSER III funds are available for use until September 30, 2024
3. Emergency Assistance To Non-Public Schools (ARP - EANS)
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, 2021, Public Law 116-260, enacted on December 27, 2020, provides $4,053,060,000 for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. Of this amount, $2,750,000,000 is reserved for an Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) program. The Secretary has issued a notice inviting applications for Governors to apply for EANS program funds. The plan enables non-public schools to use these funds to improve ventilation systems, including windows or portable air purification systems.
These funds were meant to provide services or assistance to non-public schools.
But there is a catch…
These schools have to enroll a significant percentage of low-income students and only those most impacted by the qualifying emergency (COVID-19).
Why Use Funding on Austin Air Purifiers?
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