Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Grant Programs

ESSER grant funding is authorized in three pieces of legislation. As a result, the ESSER programs are administered by TEA as separate grant programs. An ESSER side-by-side is under development.

The ESSER I, 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. 

ESSER I Grant Program Authorized in Title VIII, Division B, of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law in March 2020. Period of availability is March 13, 2020 (with pre-award), to September 30, 2022 (with carryover).
   
ESSER II Grant Program Authorized in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA), signed into law in December 2020. Period of availability is March 13, 2020 (with pre-award), to September 30, 2023 (with carryover).
   
ARP ESSER III Grant Program Authorized in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), signed into law in March 2021. Period of availability is March 13, 2020 (with pre-award), to September 30, 2024 (with carryover).

ESSER Planning Resources

The Resilient Schools Support Program (RSSP) has developed a COVID Recovery ESSER Planning Template (Excel and accessible PDF). The use of this template is optional. 

RSSP supports member LEAs in developing learning acceleration plans. The program also provides technical assistance to those LEAs in implementing learning acceleration strategies. For more information about RSSP, email RSSP@tea.texas.gov.