The Disaster Supplemental, which was signed into law on June 6, 2019, provided $17.2 billion in supplemental appropriations to Federal departments and agencies for expenses related to the consequences of disasters in 2018 and 2019 for which a covered disaster or emergency has been declared, including $165 million for education-related disaster recovery activities. The Disaster Supplemental also provided the Secretary of Education with discretion to determine which disaster recovery programs to fund. The Department awarded funds through the 2019 Restart program, Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students, Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education, and Project School Emergency Response to Violence.
Congress appropriated a combined total of approximately $2.5 billion for two separate programs: (1) the Restart program; and (2) the Temporary Emergency Impact Aid for Displaced Students (Emergency Impact Aid) program. The Department will determine the amount to allocate to the respective programs based on information provided by SEAs in applications for the Restart and Emergency Impact Aid programs.