Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund



Formula Grant

Congress set aside approximately $3 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the CARES Act for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEERF).  The Department will award these grants ­to States (governor’s offices) based on a formula stipulated in the legislation. (1) 60% on the basis of the State’s relative population of individuals aged 5 through 24. (2) 40% on the basis of the State’s relative number of children counted under section 1124(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

January 8, 2021 – GEER II

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), was signed into law on December 27, 2020 and provides an additional $4,053,060,000 for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.

The CRRSA Act provides that $1,303,060,000 of those funds be used to supplement the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II Fund) awarded to each State with an approved GEER application under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted on March 27, 2020.

Cover Letter to Governors

CRRSA GEER II and EANS Methodology and Allocation Table

GEER II Fact Sheet

Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS)

October 9, 2020 – Equitable Services Update

Updated FAQs for CARES Act Equitable Services

September 25, 2020 – Equitable Services Update

Secretary DeVos Letter to Chief State School Officers  

September 9, 2020 CARES Act Update

On July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) regarding equitable services under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (The rule is available at: On September 4, 2020, in NAACP v. DeVos, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion and an order vacating the IFR. Accordingly, the IFR is no longer in effect.

If you have any questions

Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Think an institution is misusing or abusing ED funds? Do not let CARES Act Funding for Schools and Students end up in the wrong hands. File a complaint online with our Inspector General (OIG) or call their Hotline.

Last Modified: 05/26/2021