Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (RESTART)

Disaster Recovery Unit


Formula Grant

The Immediate Aid to Restart Operations (Restart) program makes awards to eligible State educational agencies (SEAs), which in turn provide assistance or services to local educational agencies (LEAs) and non-public schools.  The purpose of the program is to help defray expenses related to restarting operations, re-enrolling students, and reopening public or non-public elementary and secondary schools that serve an area affected by a covered disaster or emergency.

The 2019 Restart program provides funding for education-related disaster recovery activities in response to Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, and Super Typhoon Yutu.  It also provides funding in response to wildfires, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occurring in calendar year 2018 and tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019 in those areas for which a major disaster or emergency has been declared under section 401 or 501 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170 and 5191).

Contact Information

  • Molly Budman, Group Leader
    Disaster Recovery Unit
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Ave SW
    Washington, DC 20202