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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has received questions regarding the various funding opportunities available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Within the CARES Act, the USDE received funding for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. Also, the CARES Act provides the Coronavirus Relief Fund to the State of Mississippi. Each of these programs has unique requirements and allowable costs 7 ESSER: Overview • The MDE is responsible for the administration of ESSER Funds. • ESSER funds are available for obligations by LEAs on March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2022, which includes the Tydings period (General Education Provisions Act §421(b)(1)).