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ED Releases ESSER/GEER Use of Funds Guidance

Dear Intergovernmental stakeholders,


Attached and online, please find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund, including the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER program, and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund may be used in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students in pre-K-12 education.


Other than statutory and regulatory requirements included in the document, such as those pursuant to the authorizing statute and other applicable laws and regulations, the contents of this document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way.  This document is intended to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.  In addition, it does not create or confer any rights for or on any person.


If you have questions that are not answered in this document, please contact for questions related to ESSER or for questions related to GEER.



Office of Communications and Outreach


Attachment: ESSER GEER FAQs

About the Author

Adam Honeysett is Managing Director of U.S. Department of Education Office of Communications and Outreach, State and Local Engagement.  ED Review is a product of that office.

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