The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed on March 27, provides over $2 trillion in federal economic relief to protect the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. The CARES Act provides assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries.

This CARES funding includes an Education Stabilization Fund, which in turn contains two major sources of funding for schools: the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. It also contains section 5001, the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), which establishes $150 billion in payments to state, local, and Tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Education's CARES Act Funding Information webpage for more information.

CARES Act Resources

Webinar: How Will CARES Act Funding Help Your Schools? (recorded August 20) — presented by the Minnesota Department of Education's Andre Prahl

Additional Answers from Andre Prahl: Follow-up to MSBA Webinar Presentation

Minnesota Department of Education: Back to School Funding – CRF Funds

Andre Prahl's PowerPoint Presentation: CARES Act Funds in Education

Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota House Research: District-by-District CARES Act Funding (GEER and ESSER)

Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota House Research: District-by-District Proposed Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for Schools

Minnesota Department of Education: CARES Act Funding Information Webpage