Navigating ESSER Funding

September 10, 2021The Nearpod Team

Let’s unpack what ESSER means for K-12 schools.

From adjusting to the ‘new normal’ of hybrid distance learning to now re-imagining the ‘new future’ of using technology to make learning equitable for all students, we’re here to help you navigate this new era in education.

March 20, 2020 – ESSER

Congress set aside approximately $13.2 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund). 

December 27, 2020 – ESSER II

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), provides an additional $54.3 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund).

March 11, 2021 – The American Rescue Plan (ARP) 

It is an unprecedented $1.9 trillion package of assistance measures, including $122 billion for the ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. Funds are provided to State educational agencies and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Nation’s students.

What can funds be used for?

The ESSER fund allocations made to each state are based on Title I (part A) funds.

* Please see page 48. E-1 for ESSER I, E-2 for ESSER II and E-3 for ESSER III.   

Funds must be obligated by September 30, 2022 ESSER I, September 30, 2023 ESSER II and September 30 2024 ESSER III, grant activities carried out through a valid obligation of funds may continue beyond that date. 


Our ESSER Funding Guide provides essential information about the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds and how they can be used.

  • Funding available through the three federal stimulus bills: CARES, CRRSA, and ARP
  • How to leverage ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds to implement evidence-based, equity-driven strategies in your district 
  • How Nearpod Programs align to allowable activities under ESSER
  • Nearpod shows Tier 2 Evidence criteria for federal ESSA requirements

Make the most of your ESSER dollars to accelerate learning and provide equitable access for every student.

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