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Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund Hub

GEER I

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed on March 27, 2020, the Governor’s office received $4,488,802 through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund. The Governor’s office determined that it would use the funds to support regional career technical education (CTE) centers across the state.

GEER II

CRRSA also provided $1,930,818 for GEER II. Similar to ESSER II, GEER II has the same set of allowable costs and eligible entities. The period of performance for GEER II is through September 30, 2023. The use of these funds will be determined by the Governor’s office and the grant will be administered by the Agency of Education. The period of performance for GEER II is through September 30, 2023.

GEER EANS

The GEER EANS is a new grant program for non-public schools. This is an opt-in program that the State must apply for through the US Department of Education by February 8, 2021 and requires that AOE “shall prioritize services or assistance to non-public schools that enroll low-income students and are most impacted by the qualifying emergency.” If the state’s application is approved, the Agency will receive $4,284,000 of which AOE may retain $200,000 to administer the grant program. The period of performance for GEER EANS is March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2023.

ARP EANS

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law. It is a $1.9 trillion package of assistance measures, including $2.75 billion for the American Rescue Plan’s Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (ARP EANS) program. This program will provide $3,677,205 in support to independent schools in Vermont. The purpose of the EANS program is to provide services or assistance to eligible non-public schools to address educational disruptions caused by the COVID-19 emergency.