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CARES Act Funding: Deadline For Use

The CARES Act, our nation’s largest economic stimulus package ever passed, is the federal government’s response to the impact that COVID-19 has made on our nation. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are eligible to receive these funds from various sources with different timeframes for their use.


It’s important for all LEAs receiving these funds to be aware of these timeframes to ensure their use before they expire. Below are the different sources and the timelines for their use.

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funding (ESSER):

  • Can be used for any allowable expense incurred from March 13, 2020 to September 30, 2022.

  • Allowable expenses are fairly broad and are to be used to address the impact of Covid-19 on schools.

  • Funding is based on the amount of Title I, Part A funds an LEA received in 2019.

  • If your LEA missed the July 15, 2020 application deadline, it can still apply late to receive future funding.

Learning Loss Mitigation Funding (LLMF) are made up of 3 separate sources found below:

  • Funds can be used to address

  • learning loss

  • extend the school year

  • provide additional academic services

  • technology and…

  • student support services

  • If your LEA missed the August 5, 2020 application deadline, it can still apply late to receive future funding.


  • Funding is based on 3 separate sources:

1. Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund

  • Funding is based on your special education population.

  • Can be used for any allowable expense incurred from March 13, 2020 to September 30, 2022.

2. Coronavirus Relief (CR) Fund

  • Funding is based on the LEAs supplemental and concentration grant funding, the LEAs LCFF entitlement, and the number of your special ed. students from the age of 3 to 22. These funds can be used for any allowable expense incurred from March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020, unless the Federal Government extends the deadline.

3. General Fund (GF)

  • Funding is based on the LEAs LCFF entitlement. These funds can be used for any allowable expense incurred from March 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

If you have questions about the CARES Act or its funding, please give me a call.


Until next time,


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