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ESSER Information

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In response to the economic outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Congress passed three bills that provided immediate and direct economic assistance to state and local educational agencies through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds.  These funds were provided to support areas with the greatest need, where the academic and non-academic components of school districts had the greatest impact due to COVID-19. The grants are one-time formula allocations made directly to districts. Supplement not supplant does not apply to any of the ESSER grants. COVID-19-related expenses are retroactive to March 13, 2020, and after.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic ​​​S​​ecurity​​ (CARES) A​ct
Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act ​
American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act
​GA: $457,169,852
​GA: $1,892,092,618
​GA: $4,252,431,691
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Ended: 09/30/2022

Ended: 09/30/2023

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​Ending: 09/30/2024

ESSER Funding Transparency


The ESSER funding dashboard allows the public to access information about how much of the funds have been used to improve student learning, address lost learning opportunities, support students’ mental health and wellbeing, and more. The dashboard shows spending under all three rounds of ESSER funding – through the CARES Act in May 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act in January 2021, and the American Rescue Plan in March 2021. ​


​Georgia's ARP ESSER State Plan​

Georgia’s state plan for the remainder of its federal stimulus funds under the American Rescue Plan (AR​​P – ESSER) was approved on July 22, 2021, by the U.S. Department of Education, bringing an additional $1.4 billion to ​​support K-12 schools in the state.  At the state level, ARP funds will address lost learning opportunities, remove barriers to learning, and provide personalized support for students, schools, and educators. Click here​ to view highlights of Georgia's ARP ESSER State Plan.​


ARP ESSER LEA Applications​

​​​​ARP ESSER provides significant federal resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that, for some LEAs, comprises millions of dollars of emergency funding. The interim final rule requires that each LEA develop a p​lan for using those funds. The developed plans ensure the ARP ESSER funds are being used consistent with statutory requirements and meet the needs of schools, students, and educators, particularly those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The link below provides all ​Georgia LEA ARP ESSER applications submitted to GaDOE to promote accountability, transparency, and effective use of funds​. 



The maintenance of equity provisions outlined in the ARP Act ensures that schools and LEAs serving large proportions of historically underserved students receive an equitable share of state and local funds as the nation continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact.