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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Funds

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 was signed into law, dedicating funds for K-12 schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds. As a result, Faith Family Academy is eligible to receive one-time federal funds through the ESSER III program to be spent prior to September 30, 2024 to address expenses and learning loss associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The total Texas ESSER Entitlement under the ARP was approximately $12.42 billion. Eligibility for Texas LEAs (school districts) to receive ESSER funding, is determined on whether or not the LEA received Title I, Part A funding in the 2020-2021 school year. The total amount of funding the LEA is eligible to receive is also determined by taking into account the total proportion of funding the LEA received under Title I, Part A in the most recent fiscal year.

Based upon Faith Family Academy’s total Title I Part A funding received in 2020-2021, the District’s estimated ESSER III Entitlement amount is approximately $9,720,436.

Grant Requirements

LEAs have broad discretion to determine the best and most impactful use of ESSER III funds. However, there are specific requirements and points for consideration:

  • LEAs must engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input in the development of the planned uses of ESSER III funds.
  • LEAs must post its plan for the uses of ESSER III funds to the District website within 30 days of receiving the Notice of Grant Award (NOGA).
  • LEAs must post the “Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Plan” (RIPICS) to the District website within 30 days of receiving the Notice of Grant Award (NOGA) and review the plan at least once every six months.
  • LEAs must spend at least 20% of the funding allocation on evidence-based interventions to address learning loss experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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