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ESSER I Funds

As part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress established and appropriated a total of $13.2 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. ESSER funds are distributed to states based on each state's proportionate share of Title I, Part A (Title I-A) funding from 2019.  ESSER funds are intended to support COVID-19 response efforts and may be spent on a wide range of allowable activities. 

Pennsylvania has received $523.8 million in emergency, one-time ESSER funds. Of this amount, $471.4 million will be directly allocated to school districts and charter schools based on the same formula used for Title I-A allocations in 2019.  The period of allowability for ESSER I funds was March 13, 2020 to September 30, 2022. 

PDE made monthly payments for allowable ESSER I expenditures through the Financial Accounting Information (FAI) system.  LEAs receiving ESSER I funds were required to report on program implementation quarterly, with a final report due at the close of the ESSER I1 grant period.  Additionally, LEAs must submit quarterly fiscal reports to continue receiving monthly payments through FAI.  

ESSER I LEA Reimbursement  

ESSER II Funds

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA Act) was enacted December 27, 2020 and includes an additional $53.4 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund). 

ESSER II Fund awards were awarded to states based on the proportion of funding each state received under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, in fiscal year 2020. Pennsylvania's ESSER II allocation is $2.22 billion. 

Pursuant to Sec. 313 of the CRRSA Act, the Pennsylvania Department of Education granted ESSER II Fund awards to school districts and charters schools based on their proportionate share of the Title I-A (FY 2020) formula. 

PDE makes monthly payments for allowable ESSER II expenditures through the Financial Accounting Information (FAI) system.  LEAs receiving ESSER II funds are required to report on program implementation quarterly, with a final report due at the close of the ESSER II grant period.  Additionally, LEAs must submit quarterly fiscal reports to continue receiving monthly payments through FAI.  

ESSER II LEA Reimbursement  

ARP ESSER Funds

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act allocated $5 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund for use by local education agencies (LEAs).  Of the total allocation, the ARP Act directed $4.5 billion directly to school districts and charter schools based on their share of 2020-21 Title I-A funds.  

PDE makes monthly payments for allowable ARP ESSER expenditures through the Financial Accounting Information (FAI) system.  LEAs receiving ARP ESSER funds are required to report on program implementation quarterly, with a final report due at the close of the ARP ESSER grant period.  Additionally, LEAs must submit quarterly fiscal reports to continue receiving monthly payments through FAI.   

ARP ESSER LEA Reimbursement