An Opportunity of a Lifetime

ESSER FUNDS

Nearly $200 Billion Dollars Are Available To Help Schools and Students
As part of the federal stimulus laws passed by Congress, financial support is available to districts and schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds. These funds offer schools and districts the flexibility to address their critical areas of need as they support their students, educators, and families.
Learn about the funding that is available for SEL and make sure your school or district secures your share of the allocated dollars.
How Much Funding
Is Available?
ESSER I Funds
$13 Billion
Obligate by Sept. 30, 2022
ESSER II Funds
$54 Billion
$2.7 Billion for non-public schools
Obligate by Sept. 30, 2023
ESSER III Funds
$122 Billion
$2.7 Billion For non-public schools
$2.5 Billion For IDEA
$1 Billion For Head Start
Obligate by Sept. 30, 2024
This is the largest investment to date of federal funding into K-12 public education in our lifetimes. It is unprecedented.
At least 20% of district funds must be used to address learning loss through evidence-based interventions that support students’ academic and SEL needs.
To learn more about the possibilities and the opportunity at hand, read through.
Has your school applied for your ESSER funds?
So, the question is, how will you make use of these funds to support more students having access to top-quality Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) in your school?
Trust in Team Palo to assist you in planning the best uses for your school’s available ESSER funds.
How can I use ESSER funding?
Under the American Rescue Plan Act, ESSER III, school districts are required to spend at least 20% of their allocation to “address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions…[that] respond to students’ social, emotional, and academic needs.”
How can I learn more about the ESSER funding guidelines?
See the Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Programs FAQ for more details on using ESSER funding.
How do I figure out the SEL budget for our school or district?
Whether you are just beginning an SEL pilot, or if you are providing SEL solutions across your entire district, you will need to map out a budget to support your plan. A great resource to guide you through this process is the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning CASEL’s “Roadmap to Financial Sustainability.” Included are actual site SEL budgets, handy budget calculators, and case studies about a variety of districts’ SEL implementations.
What other funding sources can apply to SEL programs?
The following federal funding sources can apply to SEL programs at your school or district.

Title I, Part A—Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
Title I, Part C—Migrant Education
Title I, Part D—Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
Title II, Part II—Supporting Effective Instruction (Teacher Training and Teacher Retention)
Title IV, Part A—Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants
Title VI, Part B, Subpart 1—Small, Rural School Grant Program
Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2—Rural and Low-Income School Program
Title VIII—Impact Aid
IDEA—Special Education Grants to States
Community funding sources such as the following may also be good options for SEL:
Parent-teacher organizations/associations (PTA/PTO)
County government discretionary funds
Governors’ special council funds for child abuse prevention
Mental health funds
School enhancement dollars
Mayors’ offices—municipal government
Community foundations
Private foundations
Team Palo understands the importance of long-term funding for your SEL program, and we are happy to help you explore funding resources and programs that will increase its longevity and sustainability.
Get in touch with us!