COVID-19: Resources for Charter School Programs (CSP) Grantees (last updated March 18, 2021)
The National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) has created a webpage of resources to support Charter School Programs (CSP) grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources include available federal guidance as well as links to share how other grantees are supporting schools, students, and families during COVID-19.
All resources are free and accessible to the public. Readers should review each resource carefully to determine which supports and practices are most applicable to their own environments. Please check this page periodically as more resources will be added.
If you have a resource to suggest, or if you are a CSP grantee requesting technical assistance, please contact us.
First Stop Resources from ED and CDC
These resources should be your first stop for high-level information and resources on dealing with COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides first-stop information for learning about the COVID-19 pandemic. This document briefly summarizes CDC’s initiatives, activities, and tools in support of the Whole-of-Government response to COVID-19. The CDC has released a stakeholder call to support child care programs and schools understand CDC guidance and response to COVID-19 and a decision tool to help determine when schools could reopen.
CDC Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs: Plan, Prepare, and Respond
This guidance from the CDC for schools includes the Operational Strategy for Reopening Schools, guidance on managing daily operations, and toolkits for returning to in-person learning and setting up your classroom.
IES Resources for Responding to COVID-19
This Institute of Education Sciences (IES) webpage contains resources, research, and statistics about teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic for educators, caregivers, and policymakers. IES is compiling data and carrying out research to understand how COVID-19 is altering education, and is generating solutions to support learners, educators, and parents.
U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
This website (ed.gov/coronavirus) is a collection of resources for education institutions from federal sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Civil Rights, and other authorities. The first section of linked resources focuses on supporting elementary and secondary schools. Other information includes resources for at-home learning and practices schools may employ to promote disease prevention.
This section includes policy updates, memos, and other information from the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies related to COVID-19.
Regularly Updated Websites
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Response to COVID-19
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provides information on waivers, supplementary supports, and other resources related to COVID-19. Information on waivers related to school-related programs including the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option and the Nationwide Afterschool Activity program, are included.
CDC Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs: Before and During an Outbreak
This guidance from the CDC for schools includes actions for before, during, and after a pandemic. Additional linked resources include advice for talking to children about coronavirus and recommendations on cleaning and disinfecting.The CDC has added a School Decision Tool to assist administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources
The Department of Labor provides resources, general guidance, and FAQ documents to support employers and employees. Topics include workplace safety; wages, hours, leave; unemployment insurance flexibilities; support for dislocated workers and states; job corps students, and federal contractors.
Guidance Issued in March 2021
COVID-19 Vaccines for Teachers, School Staff, and Childcare Workers webpage
The COVID-19 Vaccines for Teachers, School Staff, and Childcare Workers webpage provides school and childcare staff with the latest information about where and how to book an appointment for COVID-19 vaccinations.
COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for School Settings and Childcare Programs
The COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for School Settings and Childcare Programs provides schools and childcare programs with ready-made materials they can use to communicate with staff about COVID-19 vaccination.
Guidance Issued in February 2021
Ventilation in Schools and Childcare Programs: How to use CDC Building Recommendations in Your Setting
Ventilation is an important COVID-19 prevention strategy for schools and childcare programs. The CDC provides ways you can improve ventilation in schools or childcare programs, whether in a large building or in a home.
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 Schools
This CDC Science Brief that provides an analysis of transmission data from schools that opened with various models in the fall of 2020. These school experiences have contributed to knowledge of the nature of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in schools and their surrounding communities. The brief includes scientific based information on COVID-19 among children and adolescents, schools and transmission, in-person learning mitigation and sports and extracurricular activities.
Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation
This CDC operational strategy presents recommendations based on the best-available evidence at the time of release. The document encourages schools to open as safely and as soon as possible, and remain open, to achieve the benefits of in-person learning and key support services.
As science and data on COVID-19 continue to evolve, this guidance and recommendations will be updated to reflect new evidence.
U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools
To reopen safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and maximize the amount of in-person instruction, schools need sufficient resources as well as adhered-to, strong state and local public health measures. Extraordinary efforts by states, districts, and schools have been underway to support students throughout the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S.
Guidance Issued in January 2021
Addendum to Fact Sheet: Providing Services to English Learners During the COVID-19 Outbreak
This addendum provides additional information about requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and other Federal laws related to ELs in light of COVID-19.
Fact Sheet: State-Administered Programs under the ESEA and the Nationwide Waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option through June 2021
Due to the pandemic schools may not be able to collect National School Lunch Program (NSLP) data. This fact sheet outlines options for SEAs and LEAs to successfully implement their ESEA food service programs without NSLP complete data. Descriptions of affected requirements are summarized for conciseness.
Guidance Issued in October 2020
OSEP Questions & Answers: Implementation of IDEA Part C Provision of Services
This document provides guidance to IDEA Part C early intervention program requirements and guidance during the pandemic. The document addresses the topics of individualized family service plan (IFSP) meetings, timelines and service provision.
The links below are from CSP State Entity (SE) Grantees who have provided resources and guidance for charter schools operating in states with active CSP SE grants, including guidance on distance learning and safety in response to COVID-19.
A note to SEs: If you have an update to the information cited below, please contact us.
Alabama Coalition for Public Charter Schools/New Schools for Alabama
New Schools for Alabama shares free resources for educators, students, and authorizers through a COVID-19 page. It also includes meal pick-up sites and updates related to public education in the state. For more information, see the Alabama State Department of Education's COVID website.
Arizona Department of Education
The Arizona Department of Education provides a variety of links and updates on its COVID-19 page, including clarification and guidance on school reopening and special education services. A roadmap for reopening is available. Additionally, an up-to-date blog post provides news on new policies and resources.
Arkansas Public School Resource Center
The Arkansas Public School Resource Center provides daily updates related to the state’s COVID-19 response. It also provides information on the CARES Act regarding Finance, federal waivers and flexibility, as well as information on child nutrition programs, state assessments, and special education services. The Arkansas Department of Education provides additional information, including a link to a video about plans for schools reopening.
California Department of Education
A variety of resources are available through the California Department of Education’s website, including a guide for safely reopening schools, weekly updates from state departments, and links to communications related to COVID-19.
Colorado Department of Education
The Colorado Department of Education offers COVID-19 resources including a 2020-21 School Year planning toolkit and guidance on reopening) to a video on how to talk to children about coronavirus. The Colorado Department of Education Schools of Choice Unit also offers charter-specific guidance and resources gathered from various. CDE has compiled a Fall 2020 Communication Resources document that includes templates to support schools and districts with their communications to parents and teachers about health and safety measures due to COVID-19.
DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
OSSE’s home page has a link to the city’s coronavirus webpage with information about schools, health, and other important information as well as checklists, trainings, and resources to help prepare LEAs for the 2020-21 school year. The DC Public Charter School Board website includes individual public charter schools’ reopening plans, updated on a real-time basis.
Delaware Department of Education
The Delaware Department of Education COVID-19 webpage includes the new Returning to School Guidance, reopening criteria and information, and FAQs on reopening district and charter schools. The webpage also includes learning activities, districts/charters remote learning plans, resources for accessing free Wi-Fi, and guidance on Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and free appropriate public education (FAPE). Some resources are offered in multiple languages.
Florida Department of Education
The State of Florida provides a number of links to resources for schools, educators, and parents through its Department of Education’s website, which includes links to district reopening plans. "Reopening Florida's Schools and the CARES Act" is among these resources.
Georgia Department of Education
The Georgia Department of Education’s COVID-19 response page contains the most up-to-date guidance for school districts along with resources for parents and families. Links related to the Georgia Department of Public Health's Guidance for K-12 schools, special education, and testing are shared on the site.
Idaho (Bluum, Inc.)
Bluum, Inc. provides a variety of COVID-19 resources, including news and information, online learning tips and tools, resources for special education, and resources from national organizations. and U.S.D.O.E. Office for Civil Rights. The Idaho Department of education has published the Idaho Back to School Framework to guide schools in these efforts.
Illinois State Board of Education
The Illinois State Board of Education COVID-19 webpage contains resources on numerous topics (e.g., special education, multilingual education) and regular updates from the State Superintendent, including an FAQ page updated in August. The Fall 2020 Learning Recommendations provides guidance for reopening schools across three possible scenarios: in-person, blended, and remote learning.
Indiana Department of Education
The COVID-19 webpage on the Indiana Department of Education website provides guidance from various state agencies, updates, and FAQs. Resources for educators and families on reopening schools can be found by clicking on the 2020-2021 Re-entry Resources link.
Louisiana Department of Education
Visit the Louisiana Department of Education for a robust library of COVID-19 resources for parents and educators. A new webpage, Strong Start 2020, has been added to support school systems reopening efforts, including: Guidelines & Resources, A Toolkit for Teaching & Learning, System Reopening Plans (which links to each LEA’s reopening plan).
Maryland State Department of Education
The Maryland State Department of Education shares updates, resources, and guidance on its COVID-19 response webpage. Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education provides information and resources for reopening Maryland’s schools and is currently open for public comment as of August 5.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education provides a variety of updates and resources on its COVID-19 response page, including initial school reopening guidance issued June 25 and available in multiple languages. The state also provides specific guidance and resources for charter schools.
Michigan Department of Education
The Michigan Department of Education provides guidance memos, online instructional resources, professional development, and social emotional learning tools on its COVID-19 response page. The MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap can be accessed here. Guidance memos from the state can also be accessed online.
Minnesota Department of Education
The Minnesota Department of Education’s COVID-19 webpage provides updates and resources for educators and families across a range of topics (e.g., special education, nutrition). To accommodate its multilingual families, the information is available in Hmong, Spanish, and Somali. The Safe Learning Plan for 2020-2021 presents the Department’s guidance for reopening schools and can be accessed here.
State of Nevada Department of Education
The State of Nevada Department of Education COVID-19 webpage provides updates, communications, and resources for educators and families in both English and Spanish. Nevada’s Path Forward: A Framework for a Safe, Efficient, and Equitable Return to School Buildings provides guidance to districts and charters on reopening schools.
New Hampshire Department of Education
The New Hampshire Department of Education’s COVID-19 webpage is geared towards providing districts with information to safely reopen schools. These resources include a presentation by the state’s epidemiologist on reopening schools and New Hampshire Grades K-12 Back-to-School Guidance.
New Mexico Public Education Department
The New Mexico Public Education Department shares updates on COVID-19, school reentry, FAQs, and resources on its website. The Department’s new Reentry District and School Guidance is available in addition to other guidance for schools and districts.
New York State Education Department
Visit the New York State Education Department’s website for guidance related to COVID-19 and resources for P-12 education. The state’s comprehensive guide for reopening New York schools is now available. The Charter School Office provides further guidance for the state’s charter schools.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website offers resources and guidance related to COVID-19, including links to the state’s Department of Health & Human Services COVID-19 webpage and FAQs for families. Lighting Our Way, the state’s guidance for reopening schools K-12 schools, can be accessed through this website.
Ohio Department of Education
The Ohio Department of Education website provides resources related to COVID-19, a link to the Department of Health’s coronavirus website, and a link to the new Reset and Restart Education webpage which provides information and resources for reopening Ohio’s schools.
Oklahoma Public School Resource Center
The Oklahoma Public School Resource Center provides links to distance learning guidance and other resources through its webpage. It also includes a COVID-19 podcast series.
Oregon Department of Education
The Oregon Department of Education COVID-19 page provides links for school leaders, mental health and social support, and resources for parents and families. Ready Schools, Safe Learners is Oregon’s guidance for reopening schools. All schools have posted operational blueprints.
Rhode Island Department of Education
The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) provides a variety of updates and resources on its COVID-19 website. Back to School RI is the state’s most up to date information on reopening, including health and safety guidance and school and district reopening plans.
South Carolina Department of Education
The South Carolina Department of Education provides links and resources for parents, educators, and districts, as well as district reopening plans. It also includes a parent resource on how to talk to children about COVID-19. To prepare for the 2020-21 school year, the AccelerateED Task Force published guidance for reopening South Carolina K-12 schools on June 22.
Tennessee Department of Education
The Tennessee Department of Education provides resources and information for safely starting the 2020-21 school year during the COVID pandemic. The Reopening Guidance webpage includes health guidance from the Department of Health, school reopening toolkits, FAQs, and other resources. The School Reopening Toolkit: Charter Schools provides specific guidance for charter schools to follow.
Texas Education Agency
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides links to various COVID-19 related information sources. It provides general guidance and FAQs on a range of topics (e.g., finance, assessment, special education, child nutrition). TEA’s Strong Start 2020-21 webpage includes sample school models, FAQs, and other resources for reopening schools. The Charter Schools FAQ provides guidance tailored specifically for charter schools.
Washington State Charter Schools Association
The Washington State Charter Schools Association provides an FAQ and other resources for the state’s charter school community and families, including statewide and national resource links, at-home learning strategies, as well as resources for free or low-cost internet, food and childcare, housing, and mental health. COVID-19 fact sheets are shared in seven languages.
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction COVID-19 response page shares resources for school districts, students, and families. It also links to the Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide and the Reopening Plan Template.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction resources for schools and families, and links to information on its COVID-19 website offer educators guidance on various topics including health and safety, scheduling, instructional programming, and out-of-school time programs.
Credit Enhancement Grantee Resources
These resources are from CSP Credit Enhancement (CE) Grantees who have provided information on their organizations’ operational adaptations in response to COVID-19, contact information for staff, guidance for small businesses and schools, and more.
A note to CEs: If you have an update to the information cited below, please contact us.
California Charter School Association
California Charter School Association (CCSA) offers California charter school guidance and sample resources that help response efforts to COVID-19, including guidance on school reopening, Executive Orders that add protections and guidance for charter schools, legal guidance, guidance from CDPH and CDE, and frequently asked questions.
Capital Impact Partners
Capital Impact Partners provides COVID-19 Relief Programs and Resources for Non-Profits including descriptions of guidance and eligibility for federal, state and local relief programs. Capital Impact also offered An Open Letter from CDFI Leaders to Our Supporters which provides examples of what CDFIs can do to help investees.
DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
OSSE’s home page links to the Office of the Mayor’s COVID-19 webpage, which includes a Kids and School Resources webpage with distance learning resources, meal drop-off sites, and other supports available through the D.C. Public Schools.
Hope Enterprise Corporation
Hope Enterprise Corporation provides updates on the organization’s response to COVID-19, including steps to ensure members have access to their accounts, convenience services, branch closings, assistance for those facing financial burdens due to the pandemic, health and safety precautions, and fraud prevention tips. The organization shares Coronavirus Resources, including advice and information about financial assistance that may be available to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic.
Housing Partnership Network
The Housing Partnership Network (HPN) “will continue to provide opportunities for member exchange, and to work for resources that can help provide relief from the impact of COVID-19 on our communities including affordable housing and their owners.” HPN’s proposal for supplemental appropriations to fund the Home Investment Partnerships Program can be found here.
Illinois Facilities Fund
Illinois Facilities Fund (IFF) posted COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits providing links to governmental, non-profit and relief funds. IFF encourages their community to share how IFF can provide relief by contacting IFF staff.
The KIPP Foundation has a page for all COVID-19-related updates regarding KIPP network schools, charter-specific news and new resources. KIPP shared a COVID-19 Resources for Navigating School Closures, a blog post that provides a summary of resources relating to remote learning, options for accessing free Wi-Fi, food access, and quick links to CDC recommendations.
Low Income Investment Fund
Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) posts updates on the company’s operational adjustments as a result of the COVID-19 situation. The latest updates on LIIF’s operations can be found on their website. LIIF is partnering with regional funders and local partners to provide emergency relief grants to child care providers – primarily owned by women and people of color in New York City, San Francisco Bay, and Washington, D.C. regions.
LISC’s COVID-19 Response page, updated daily, houses information regarding the LISC Rapid Relief and Resiliency Fund, the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund, local funding opportunities, information for borrowers and grantees, federal policy priorities, and news updates. In addition, the LISC Charter School Financing Team has researched and compiled resources from across the sector for charter schools, school leaders, students, and teachers. Please reach out to your local LISC contacts if you have questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MassDevelopment has posted an update regarding staff availability. To contact MassDevelopment with questions related to COVID-19, visit their employee directory for direct dial numbers for staff, call 617-330-2000, or complete an online contact form.
New Jersey Community Capital
New Jersey Community Capital launched the Garden State Relief Fund to meet the immediate needs of small businesses and nonprofits critically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please reach out to your NJCC representative if you have questions and check their website for updates.
Non-Profit Finance Fund
Non-Profit Finance Fund (NFF) hosts a repository of COVID-19 Tools and Resources for non-profits including budgeting tools and resources for non-profits and funders responding to COVID-19.
Raza Development Fund, Wells Fargo, and community partners have launched the COVID-19 Hope Fund to provide support and relief to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. This website also provides a list of national, state, and local resources to assist nonprofits and small businesses during this time.
Reinvestment Fund's COVID-19 Response page provides resources in support of borrowers and partners to help them access local, state, federal and philanthropic emergency resources as they become available.
Resources for Educating Students with Disabilities
These resources address how to serve and support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis.
Continuity of Learning and Return to School during COVID-19
OSEP provides links to important DOE resources and to technical assistance resources to support continuity of learning for students with disabilities during COVID-19. This website also houses a three-part webinar series on continuity of learning and returning to school.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Q&A: Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Q&A on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak provides informal guidance on states’ responsibilities to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families, and to the staff serving these children.
Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities
This March DOE Office of Civil Rights fact sheet addresses the issue of distance learning for students with disabilities.
Office of Special Education Programs Update
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) March Newsletter features information about COVID-19 resources, implications of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, opportunities for technical assistance on IDEA, and models for providing special education and related services, and more.
Center for Parent Information and Resource, Coronavirus Suite Landing Page
This collection is organized by topics such as COVID-19 Resources in Other Languages and Schooling at Home and Information for Non-Profits. The pages within this suite are regularly updated as new resources emerge.
National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools
The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) webpage includes resources for supporting students with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis. Resources include webinars, FAQ documents, and instructional tools.
Resources for Educating English Learners
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition is providing resources for schools supporting English learners and their families, including resources for facilitating online instruction and distance learning plans. All resources included are available for free, and the list will be updated periodically.
Additional Resource Repositories for Charter School Stakeholders
CASEL CARES Initiative: Connecting the SEL Community
CASEL CARES is an initiative that addresses how SEL (social emotional learning) can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances. CASEL shares four steps for educators, families, and caregivers to support SEL during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their website also provides free SEL resources related to topics including self-care strategies, supporting virtual teams, and talking to students about COVID-19. CASEL also hosts free webinars held every Friday featuring experts on a variety of key topics.
COVID-19 Resources for Educators
WestEd offers an evolving selection of evidence-based resources and guidance designed to help educators continue to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults during these difficult times. Resource and guidance are offered in the following topic areas: Distance & At-Home Learning; English Learners; Health, Safety, & Well-Being; Online Professional Learning; Resource Planning & Management; Science & Mathematics; and Special Education.
REL COVID-19 Resources - Institute of Education Sciences
The 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) have collaborated to produce this series of evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment, as well as other considerations brought by the pandemic. Resources are arranged by topic.
Resources from National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) provides resources for charter school leaders, educators, and support organizations on topics including the potential impact on educational inequities, students’ privacy and civil rights, and distance learning resources and platforms. The Alliance is also posting upcoming COVID-related webinars.
Resources for Authorizers from National Association of Charter School Authorizers
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) has curated resources for charter school authorizers that include information on enrollment lotteries, how charter authorizers can support schools, and resources for addressing equity concerns amplified by COVID-19.
Resources from the National Comprehensive Center
This webpage continually compiles the latest information and updates from the Department, and links to other useful resources. The National Comprehensive Center also shares a repository of resources to support continuity of learning from federal, state-funded, reputable non-profit, or national education organizations and a toolkit for school leaders around reopening.
Resources from Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) TA Center
The REMS TA Center shares a website with resources on ensuring continuity of operations and learning before, during, and after emergency incidents for education agencies.
What Charter Schools Need to Know: Federal COVID-19 Response Legislation and Charter Schools
Bellwether Education Partners and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools developed a webpage for charter schools that tracks COVID-19-related legislation, eligibility requirements, and how it impacts charter schools.
The resources below can support small businesses, schools, and other organizations requiring financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Secretary DeVos Makes Available Over $13 Billion in Emergency Coronavirus Relief to Support Continued Education for K-12 Students
Secretary DeVos has announced more than $13.2 billion in emergency relief funds are now available to state and local education agencies to support continued learning for K-12 students whose educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus. This funding is allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Education leaders will have the flexibility to use funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) for immediate needs, such as tools and resources for distance education, ensuring student health and safety, and developing and implementing plans for the next school year. SEAs have until July 1, 2020, to apply for ESSER funds by submitting a simple signed Certification and Agreement form to FAQ document clarifies charter school allocations and specifically addresses how State Education Agencies should adjust allocations to ensure that new and expanding charter schools in the 2020-2021 school year receive funds.
School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV)
Project SERV funds short-term and long-term education-related services for local educational agencies – including charter schools that are LEAs. In response to the pandemic, the CARES Act increases Project SERV by $100 million for sanitizing facilities and for expanding distance learning.
Education Stabilization Fund-Rethink K12 Education Models Grants (ESF-REM Grants)
The competitive ESF-REM Grants program provides support to state educational agencies in states with the highest coronavirus burden to address specific educational needs of students, their parents, and teachers in public and non-public elementary and secondary schools in accordance with section 18001(a)(3) of the CARES Act.
Governor's Education Emergency Relief (GEER)
The Department of Education will award GEER grants - totaling $3 billion to states (governor’s offices) based on a formula stipulated in the CARES legislation. Governors must submit certification and agreement by June 1, 2020, to access the state's funding.
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Funds can be used for broadband transmission facilities, video and audio equipment, computer hardware and software, and other services and materials related to DLT. Applicants are encouraged to identify specific ways in which their application addresses COVID-19. Eligible applicant types are listed on the linked site, and include state and local government agencies, federally-recognized tribes, and non-profits. Applications are due July 13, 2020.
Comcast Xfinity Offers Internet Essentials Free for First 60 days to Eligible Families
New Xfinity customers who are eligible for public assistance programs will receive the first 60 days of the Internet Essentials package with speeds of up to 25 Mbps for free. Thereafter, the cost is $9.95/mo. Internet Essential subscribers are also eligible for a low-cost computer ($149).
Cox Offers Qualified New Customers Free Internet
Cox internet services is offering new customers with at least one K–12 student and who qualify for public assistance programs no cost internet through its Connect2Compete program. Applicants must sign-up between March 13 and May 15, 2020 for the Free Connect2Compete service until July 15, 2020. The cost of the plan after July 15 is $9.95/month.
SBA (7A) Paycheck Protection Program
This loan program is for small businesses, including 501(c)(3) organizations, to keep their staff on the payroll. The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) will forgive the loan if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and funds are used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The National Alliance for Public Charter schools has compiled guidance for charter schools considering an SBA Loan and the SBA has partnered with the Department of the Treasury to produce an FAQ document. Check the webpage for updated information regarding availability of funds.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
This SBA funding program provides up to $10,000 to small businesses, including private nonprofits, to withstand the loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Alliance for Public Charter schools has compiled guidance for charter schools considering an SBA Loan. Check the webpage for updated information regarding availability of funds.
E-Rate FY2020 Form 471 Application Deadline Extended
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the FCC has extended the deadline for schools to submit an FY2020 e-rate application (Form 471) through April 29, 2020.
AT&T’s Wireless Data Service-No Cost for 60 Days
AT&T is offering free wireless data service for the first 60 days to qualified schools activating new broadband lines on data-only plans for school-issued tablets, 4G LTE-enabled laptops, and hotspot devices. This offer is good through May 22, 2020.
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
The Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund provides grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses with priority given to businesses owned by women, people of color, or in "historically underserved communities." Funds can be used for paying rent, utilities, meeting payroll, paying debt, and operational costs. The application period for Round 1 is closed, but another round will begin mid-April.
LISC Rapid Relief and Resiliency Fund
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LISC is seeking to raise $100 million dollars to make grants that will support under-served communities and populations. In this effort, LISC secured $2.5 million from Verizon to provide grants to small businesses. There may be more funding opportunities coming; check back periodically for updates.