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NH seeks $37 million in federal education grants

For Immediate Release
April 29, 2020

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Concord – Today, the New Hampshire Department of Education filed the state's Certification and Agreement for Funding under the Education Stabilization Fund Program Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund). The purpose of the ESSER Fund is to provide public and nonpublic schools with funds to address the impact of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019.

Under the CARES ACT, $37,641,372 has been allocated to New Hampshire. No less than 90% of any funds awarded will be distributed to New Hampshire schools. Up to 10% of ESSER Fund grants may be retained by the Department to increase remote instruction capability, focused on under-served communities.

In order to streamline delivery of ESSER Fund grants to local schools, the Department will be awarding them through the existing State Grant Management System. The Department has advised schools to track COVID-related expenses since March, and will ask applicants to identify their most important education needs as a result of COVID-19.