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ESSER & EANS Funding Guide


Three years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, schools
are still in need of assistance to overcome hardships such
as loss of learning and staffing shortages. There is still
time to spend funding to address pandemic learning
loss, invest in campus infrastructure and
school recovery programs.


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What school furniture can purchased with ESSER and EANS funding?


What are ESSER funds?

ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds are provided by the federal government to help schools address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on K-12 education. These funds can be used to support a wide range of activities, including improving school facilities, providing instructional materials and technology, and hiring additional staff.

There were three separate rounds of ESSER packages administered by the US Department of Education.

  • ESSER I included $13.2 billion approved in March 27, 2020
  • ESSER II included $54.3 billion approved December 27, 2020
  • ARP ESSER III included $122 billion approved March 11, 2021


What schools are eligible for ESSER funds?

All public schools and charter schools are eligible to receive ESSER funding. LEAs (local educational agencies) may distribute funding based on Title 1 status, but Title 1 status is not required.

Private schools are also eligible for ESSER funds based on their enrollment and poverty rates. There are usually more in-depth reviews needed to approve ESSER funds for private schools.

Schools interested in applying for funds must do so through their SEA (state educational agency).


What are the deadlines to spend ESSER funds?

Each round of ESSER funds have their own spending deadline. There may be some exclusions for construction related purchases.

  • ESSER I funds available until January 28, 2023
  • ESSER II funds available until September 30, 2023
  • ESSER III deadline to obligate funds is September 30, 2024*
    *Liquidation extension available on ARP funds until late March 2026


What are EANS funds?

The EANS (Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools) funds were provided by the federal government to help non-public schools to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There have been two rounds of EANS funding approved by the US Department of Education and there is still time to spend approved funding.

  • CRRSA EANS included $2.75 billion approved December 27, 2020
  • ARP EANS included $2.75 billion approved March 11, 2021


What schools are eligible for EANS funds?

A school is eligible for EANS funding that meet the following criteria:

  • Is accredited non-public, private or faith-based non-profit school
  • The school was established prior to March 13, 2020
  • The school did not receive a PPP (Payroll Protection Program) loan on or before December 27, 2020


What is the deadline to spend EANS funds?


What are the differences between CRRSA EANS and ARP EANS?

The ARP Act extends the EANS program authorized under section 312(d) of the CRRSA Act.

Eligibility is the same, with two exceptions:

  1. ARP EANS cannot be used to provide reimbursements; only new purchases
  2. ARP EANS are only available to non-public schools that enroll a significant percentage of students from low-income families and are most impacted by COVID-19

Your state education agency (SEA) is in charge of administering all EANS funding. 


US Department of Education resources:

Do you accept ClassWallet payments?

Yes, Worthington Direct does accept ClassWallet as a form of payment. ClassWallet automates the receipt collection, approval workflow, data reconcilation and transaction settlements so your school can maximize the impact of GEER, ESSER and EANS funds. Several states use ClassWallet to process their EANS orders. Those states are AR, FL, GA, IN, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, SC, TX and WA. 

We are an approved ClassWallet vendor and you may email for a quote or submit a quote request online to get your transaction started.


Read more about the EANS Funding Program on our blog:

EANS Funding Guide and What they Can be Used ForEANS Funding Guide and What they Can be Used For


After servicing the educational sector for over 26 years, we know that schools are often on a very tight budget. We encourage schools to apply for the available funding to make sure all students are given every advantage possible. We have your back with furniture and social distancing solutions, but these stimulus funds may also be used on technology, additional teaching staff, tutoring and enrichment programs. Contact us today to learn more and have a safe and productive school year!

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