Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund

MCPS was awarded $252.2 million from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund that was part of the American Rescue Plan Act. This is the third ESSER grant that MCPS has received from the Federal Government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, this third grant is known as ESSER III. The ESSER III grant application, supporting budget narrative, and Form C-125 that reflects the budget for the grant by state category and object of expense can be found at the following links. In addition, the links includes the Notice of Grant Award from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The notice of grant award reflects $168.0 million of the $252.2 million awarded to MCPS because MSDE is required to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education before the remaining funding is released to MCPS. It is important to note that these documents reflect the original application submitted by MCPS on August 17, 2021. Changes that MCPS may need to make in the original grant submission are part of the grant amendment process with MSDE.


ESSER Funding and Spending to Date

The following table summarizes the ESSER funding and spending through April 30, 2022.

Grant Budget Spent through 4/30/22 Funds Available
ESSER I $24,768,196 $20,315,403 $4,452,793
ESSER II 112,233,764 64,138,393 48,095,371
ESSER III 252,242,245 54,141,849 198,100,396
  Total $389,244,205 $138,595,645 $250,648,560