Summary of the Availability of Funding through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund

Published April 2020
by Jennifer Castagna, Sean Worley

On April 14, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) announced that the nearly $3 billion for states under the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is being made available. Under the CARES Act, these flexible grants are for Governors to provide local educational agencies (LEAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), and other education-related entities with emergency assistance to respond to the coronavirus. This initial summary provides insight into the Department's timeline for allocation of funding, the process for states to receive funding, and other key information related to this funding availability.