ESSER I Grant Program

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) I grant program is authorized in Title VIII, Division B, of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law in March 2020.

The period of availability for ESSER I grant funds is from March 13, 2020 (with pre-award) to September 30, 2022 (with carryover).

The ESSER I FAR code is 266.

Grant Allocations

The Entitlements page lists ESSER I amounts allocated to eligible LEAs by LEA and ESC.

Refer to the ESSER Fund Allocation Procedures for details on TEA's method for allocating ESSER funds.

ESSER Training and Resources

ESSER I training from July 20 is available from the Grant Compliance and Administration playlist of the TEA YouTube channel.

The following resources apply to the ESSER ICRRSA ESSER II, and ARP ESSER III grant programs.

  • ESSER FAQ: Answers to frequently asked questions are listed in the ESSER FAQ. The FAQ will be updated regularly. Use the ESSER FAQ Submission form to submit new ESSER questions to TEA staff. 
  • ESSER Side-by-Side: The ESSER Side-by-Side Requirements Document provides an overview of the three ESSER grants.
  • Statewide Training: TEA staff presented a statewide training on the ESSER grants in May 2021. The Grant Program Overview provides information applicable to the ESSER grant applications and requirements.


To meet ESSER requirements, TEA has developed the following forms:

Random Validations

The Department of Grant Compliance and Administration administers a random validation monitoring process to ensure LEAs are in compliance with ESSER I requirements.

ESSER I Random Validation Checklist
ESSER I Random Validation Cover Sheet
ESSER I Random Validation Guidance Document
ESSER I Random Validation Guidance Instructions
ESSER I Random Validation Timeline
ESSER I Random Validation Uploading Instructions

Annual Performance Reporting

LEAs that accept ESSER I grant funds are required to meet performance reporting requirements.

Grant Application Materials

Materials related to ESSER I grant funds are available at the following links:

Program Guidelines
Application Part 1
Application Part 2 (Budget)
Final Award Amounts Listed by LEA
Final Award Amounts Listed by ESC