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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)
ESSER Reminders: July 2024
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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) grant funding is authorized in three pieces of legislation. As a result, the ESSER programs are administered by TEA as separate grant programs. 

The ESSER I, CRRSA ESSER II, and ARP ESSER III grant programs run concurrently. During the overlap in periods of availability, grantees may expend funds from any of the grant programs.

The team at ESC Region 12 is here to provide assistance and training on the ESSER planning requirements, grant application, reporting, and compliance monitoring.

Check back periodically to see all the necessary reminders related to ESSER!



Important Dates:

  • 8/31/2024: GOAL: Complete all ESSER III Spending and Final Draw Down before this date in order to avoid additional ESSER USDE Reports in 2026.
  • 09/30/2024: End of carryover period for ESSER III funds, last day to legally obligate funds. 

*Note: Even though there may be some extension opportunities to spend ESSER III funds,

it is recommend all LEAs complete the drawdowns according to the original timelines.


ESSER USDE Annual Report Resources:


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  • Fiscal year 2023-2024 categorization tools
  • ESC Region 12's Tips for USDE Annual Report Preparation
  • WorkApps how-to guide

ESSER Closeout and Documentation Resources:


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  • ESSER Closeout Worksheet
  • ESSER III Closeout Flowchart
  • ESSER Allowable Use of Funds (includes codes from grant applications)
  • ESSER Justification Practice (sample included)
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