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ESSER Funds

ESSER I, ESSER II, and ESSER III Information

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Education has released three grants for local education agencies (LEAs) to apply for through the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

These grants are known as the CARES Act (ESSER I), CRRSA (ESSER II), and ARP Act (ESSER III). Goliad ISD has applied for these grants and will be using community, parent, teacher, and student input to allocate these funds to best recapture lost learning at GISD.

The point of contact for these grants: Federal Programs Coordinator and/or Business Office

ESSER I (CARES Act)

In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Socioeconomic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, was signed into law. In the CARES Act, $13.2 billion was dedicated for K-12 schools through Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds.

The intent of the CARES Act funding is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. These funds are available to GISD from March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2022.

Goliad ISD’s CARES Act ESSER I allocation was $231, 922.

ESSER II (CRRSA)

In December 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) was signed into law. In CRRSA, $54.3 billion was dedicated to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. This grant is known as CRRSA or ESSER II. The funds are available from March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2023.

Goliad ISD’s ESSER II allocation was $1,006,048.

ESSER III (ARP Act)

In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP Act) was signed into law. In the ARP Act, $122 billion was dedicated to the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ESSER) funds. This grant is known as the ARP Act or ESSER III. The intent and purpose of the ESSER III funding is to help safely reopen, sustain the safe operation of schools, and address the impact of the coronavirus on students.

Goliad ISD’s ESSER III allocation was $2,260,171.

GISD set aside 20% of its total allocation, in the amount of $452,034.20 to address learning loss.